The Biggest Loser in the State of the Union address was the wind industry.

ROBERT BRYCE | 01/28/2014

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But several key energy words were missing in action. There was not a single mention of biofuels. Not a word about wind energy. And nothing about electric vehicles. 

Recall that it was during his State of the Union address in 2011 that Obama claimed that “We can break our dependence on oil with biofuels.” In that same speech he said the US could, “become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.” But in last night’s speech, after years of support for the corn ethanol scam, biofuels got nothing. And electric cars got no love at all. None. 

And while biofuels and electric cars went missing, The Biggest Loser in last night’s address was the wind industry. 

That can be verified by looking back at the last three State of the Unions.

But last night, nothing about wind. What happened? 

In a word, prosecution. In November, after years of a pernicious double standard under which the wind industry had a de facto exemption from prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Eagle Protection Act, the Justice Department finally—finally—brought charges against the operators of a wind project that had been killing birds. A subsidiary of Duke Energy agreed to pay $1 million for killing golden eagles and other federally protected birds at two of the company’s wind projects in Wyoming. 

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Comment by Sherwin Start on February 1, 2014 at 5:42pm

RObert The Reason why he did NOT Mention those three Items in his "SPEECH"-is because in his Minde He has ALREADY Accomplished those Goals!! HE is Counting them as his "VICTORY'S" already!

Comment by Sherwin Start on February 1, 2014 at 5:39pm

I thought His MAJESTY (O'BAMA) EXEMPTED -EXECUTIVE Order -Compliand with MBTA and the EPA!!

He Just recently INCREASED the "ALLOWABLE EAGLE KILL" by Wind Turbines to 300!! In other Words He Alone and By Himself AMENDED an EXISTING Law by EXECUTIVE Order!! I thought it was up to the U.S. Congress to AMEND Laws?? Its Time to IMPEACH  mr. Obama-and to CHALLENGE EVEREYTHING He does to the U.S. Supreme Court! HE's the Person that Needs to be PROSECUTED-Lets get on with it!! 

Comment by Sherwin Start on February 1, 2014 at 5:31pm

U are TOTALLY Right Arthur! Thge LEFISLATURE found a "WEAK SPOT" in Our State to EXPLOIT-And They Did with Abandon! Now That The STATE has opened the Door to the "LAND RAPERS" They Are going to Put up a Wind TURBINE every 1,000 feet on EVERY Mountain top they can get to! There are NUMEROUS members of The State Legislature (2008,2009) That are RAKING In MILLONS Of dollars of KICKBACKS for their COMPLICITY in this SCAM/SHAM!! 

Comment by arthur qwenk on February 1, 2014 at 11:29am

Do you really think this wind  crap constantly being thrown at mostly passive Maine citizens would be tolerated in the southern New England states to the extent it has been in Maine?

They knew enough to throw it up north, where many still think it is "Maine , the way life should be".

At the current rate of wind sprawl development, it will be "Maine, the way life WAS"

Comment by arthur qwenk on February 1, 2014 at 11:23am

"In a word, prosecution. In November, after years of a pernicious double standard under which the wind industry had a de facto exemption from prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Eagle Protection Act, the Justice Department finally—finally—brought charges against the operators of a wind project that had been killing birds."

Just sue the bastards, everywhere, anyway possible.

Maine needs much more aggressive anti-wind legal actions.

These scoundrels should have been stopped years ago, what is lacking is $$$ for aggressive litigation here, and lawyers willing to pursue it.

Comment by arthur qwenk on February 1, 2014 at 11:16am

Bryce is right on here. What is needed in Maine is real data on eagle/prior protected species kill that has already occurred. We need the numbers.Of course , First Wind et al has been allowed to  control the data (what a farce) if I am correct.

Legislation is needed for independent dead bird  counts by the legally involved agencies like IF&W. Please correct me if I am wrong. Then aggressive litigation in federal court should be pursued. These acts tie up and/or financially damage the developer. 

Comment by Rick Conrad on January 31, 2014 at 7:30pm

  Check out this link.  This is the true energy source of the future.  Cheaper than the dirtiest coal. More environmentally friendly than wind or solar.  Nuclear power without the nuclear waste issues.

http://thoriumenergyalliance.com/

Comment by Martha thacker on January 31, 2014 at 5:29pm

"In a word , prosecution."

 

You got it.

Comment by Sherwin Start on January 31, 2014 at 4:53pm

KEystone Pipeline Will Have Just as Much Impact as the ALASKA PIPELINE DOES-or More!I have a Friend Who is Professional in the Oil & Gas Industry-He says in Fact If The Pipeline Does FAIL it will literally be as devastating as the TRAJEJEDY that took place in the GUlf three Years Ago (i think)..This "TAR SANDS OIL"

is most Enviromnmentally Damaging SLUDGE that Man has EVER brought up ut of the Earth!TELL the CANADIAN/US  Government To build a Refinery on SITE to Process The TAR-SANDS Oil!!

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 31, 2014 at 4:25pm

State Dept.: Keystone XL would have little impact on climate change

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-keystone-xl-climat...

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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