Wind power isn't green power (Sun Journal)

S. McGuire: Wind power isn't green power

 

I see that Maine Audubon has now come out in favor of industrial wind farms, saying that it's possible to site them so as to "minimize" wildlife impacts. Or they think maybe the industry will play nice and shut the turbines down whenever a bird or bat flies past.

Maybe.

And maybe cigarettes don't cause cancer, like other highly lucrative corporations used to argue. How many people died to make somebody rich? And how many birds will be killed before people start to remember the pitfalls of accepting any industry's data without question?

People are so eager to have "green energy" they don't stop to ask questions, so you get the horrific environmental and economic consequences people are finally noticing with biofuels and fracking.

Wind is no different.

It isn't just birds. There's landscape destruction, huge CO2 emissions from construction, roads into the wild country, high tension lines — all for turbines that last maybe 20 years.

Please read the rest here:

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/letters/2013/12/15/s-mcguire-wind-po...

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Comment by Long Islander on December 16, 2013 at 11:23am

It all ads up.

Like votes.

Like litter bits.

Like that 2.3 cent per KWH that kepps the wind industry in mansions and Mercedes' at the expense of the public.

Comment by richard mcdonald on December 16, 2013 at 11:18am

Keep the pressure on and they will eventually succumb to their own deception - once Mainers get the truth, they'll turn against this industrial wind and run it out of Maine. FMM is doubling it's efforts to give Mainer's the facts on wind. Keep writing the letters - it all adds up!

Comment by alice mckay barnett on December 16, 2013 at 8:49am

Sun Journal limits to ten clicks a week without subscription.  I cannot comment in  paper but thank you so much for your continued letter writing. 

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/

 

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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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