Clearly posting comments in the papers is not efficient and fraught with problems like closing comments of a discussion even though it just began.
What other ways can we get the information out about the true drawbacks of turbines and the corruption they bring.
Some Factual Problems:
The actual count of raptors, migrating birds, and bats killed and the consequences.
The actual impact of hard packed roads on fragile habitats
The actual count of accidents including blade failure and forest fires.
The factual disclosure of actual cover-ups of accident reports and meeting the requirement of total transparency of all information all the time.
The actual impacts turbines have on human health, property values, electricity costs and taxes.
Establishing decommissioning costs to be held in escrow sufficient a sufficient amout to decommission every single wind-turbine in this state.
The fact that wind-turbines do major damage to the precious wilderness character of Maine, it’s lakes and mountains.
All good questions.
I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where we have been so focussed on the immediate local concerns that I am afraid we have missed out by not sharing our experiences across states much more than we have.
Much of Massachusetts thinks that all the fuss is just about the offshore project (Cape Wind), but Falmouth MA has more people negatively impacted per one turbine than almost anywhere. Massachusetts also has Hull where now the claim is that 900 or so live happily with a Vestas 80 in proximity. I am afraid we export our wind developers to Maine and Vermont, and we have imported your former director of public health to share her experience on how to deny adverse health impacts.
In terms of the reality of avian deaths, are any decent studies being done in Maine? At one property about 1600 ft from Wind 1 in Falmouth alone, the owner testified they had 26 bats found dead. We need to collect and critique whatever post-construction surveys have been done. I am sure that they are not conducted by the protocols advised by the National Research Council report in 2007 for when wind energy moves into new regions.
The testimony posted for Maine BEP Citizen's petition on noise rule, Vermont projects, and elsewhere are a lot to wade through, but pretty informative. I respectfully disagree about the comments to articles in the paper - I've learned a lot about the incest/nepotism in the wind industry, or whatever would be a good term, by reading comments.
I just wish that "environmental groups" would stop thinking that they can influence how much environmental damage is done or where -- their support is quoted and their concerns are ignored.
Good luck to us all in our effort to fight "nature deficit disorder", preserve the legacy of a natural world, and protect our right to chose our living environment including natural sound, light and beauty.