Maine's growing resistance to wind projects - "dismissing it as NIMBY would be a mistake" (Ellsworth American)

Unlike subdivisions, filling stations or rental units, the impact of wind turbines does not stop at the town line. Visible for miles in all directions, wind turbines are not solely the business of the host town.

“It is too bad each town acts independently when one can affect the other so much,” said Otis resident Teresa Davis. She was referring to wind projects in neighboring hill towns that have become part of the shared skyline.

Resolute as the resistance may be, the restrictions Davis and many others in Otis advocate are hardly draconian. They’re not saying “No more wind turbines.” They’re saying “Not too big, not too many.” An ordinance they advocate would set turbine height limits of 150 feet, less than half the height of many, if not most, commercial turbines....................................

Issuing or withholding wind turbine permits is testing the limits of home rule. A 400- or 500-foot tower’s impact is not exclusive to the town in which it has been erected. Maybe the solution is a renewed focus on offshore turbines, which is the trend in Europe. In any case, the pressure’s on for an approach — arguably a regional approach — to wind turbine siting that recognizes the literally towering impact of this iteration of green power.

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Otis residents favor ban on commercial wind turbines (Ellsworth American)

April 25, 2019 by Kate Cough on News, News-More Headlines

OTIS — During a brief public hearing on Monday evening, Otis residents voiced unanimous opposition to commercial wind development in the town.

“I love the area,” said William Grindle. “It’s pretty much undisturbed and it should stay that way.”

The hearing was concerning an ordinance, recently adopted by the Planning Board, that would effectively ban industrial wind development in the town.

The new rule would be one of the strictest in the state, said Planning Board Vice Chairman Tricia Dyer, and is modeled on an ordinance in Dedham.

“It’s going to eliminate any commercial wind farms from being put in the town of Otis,” Dyer said.

The public hearing was held to give residents a chance to ask questions about the ordinance before it goes to a full vote at Town Meeting on May 11.

The idea for an ordinance arose after Paul Fuller, who developed a wind farm on Pisgah Mountain in Clifton several years ago, came to Otis last summer to propose putting up turbines off Otis Road. No developer came forward to speak at the meeting on Monday evening.

Other residents who spoke on Monday were all in agreement, with many citing the region’s undisturbed vistas as one of its primary assets.

“People don’t want to look out … and see wind towers,” Grindle said. “I’m not saying they’re the devil but they don’t benefit communities they’re in.” He added: “You’ll never see them where people have clout.”

“We’re ripping out all of our dams and putting these silly things up,” said resident Joseph Seavey.

“They’re going to build roads, they’re going to blow up ledge, they’re going to interfere with the aquifers, the wildlife. There’s nothing good about it.”

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Comment by arthur qwenk on April 27, 2019 at 3:59pm

Noise, Visual pollution,Blown up mountains,Fractured environment, Wild life death and disruption, Damaged real estate value, Town dissension, graft, scheming.....

all for a hot dog and hamburger party  from First Wind cronies?

Can your life be bought so cheaply?

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on April 27, 2019 at 11:47am

This editorial from the Ellsworth American feels a bit more like the old newspaper prior to the current ownership. Perhaps some of those puppeted by the deep state are becoming wary of blindly doing their bidding. Just in the past couple of weeks we saw Cher question politically correct sanctuary cities and voting rights for felons. Sort of unthinkable for her.  I'm not suggesting that Cher or certain Maine media have been doing the bidding of the deep state, but I do have an inkling that the coming "investigations of the investigators" following the Mueller probe have a lot of people rethinking the wisdom of obedient  puppetdom.

Background?

“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”
–William Colby, former CIA Director, cited by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy

“You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.”
–CIA operative, quoted in Katherine the Great, by Deborah Davis

“There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.”
–William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

“The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.”
–The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

https://www.infowars.com/james-woolsey-denies-cia-media-control/

Comment by Penny Gray on April 26, 2019 at 6:50pm

“You’ll never see them where people have clout.”  So true.  And you'll also never see them where enough people have brains.  There's nothing environmentally good about industrial wind turbines.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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