John Droz, Jr. Energy & Environmental Newsletter: April 23, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Why some rural communities are fighting back against wind development

Wind turbines delivering next to nothing to grid despite hysteria

Environmental activists ignore energy security realities

America’s Next Energy Crisis

Short video: Overcoming Bias in Energy Conversations

The World Bank’s anti-energy policy betrays its core development mission

Offshore Wind States: Beware

Wind Projects Worry Federal Meteorologist

Environmental justice and the expanding geography of wind power conflicts

Duke Energy Considering Extending Nuclear Plant Life to 80 years

Study: Wind turbines impact bat activity, leading to high losses of habitat

Study: Gone with the Wind – Wind Development and Raptors

All wind energy avian mortality research and reporting is just deception

Much more at:

https://www.masterresource.org/alliance-for-wise-energy-decisions/e...

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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