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Comment by Long Islander on January 30, 2010 at 6:28am
Election Day 2010 is open season on elected officials.
Comment by Whetstone_Willy on January 18, 2010 at 1:05am
Vinalhaven: "The big issues for development projects are wetlands and wildlife, especially birds and bats. Podolsky found no bats, and Alcorn and Webster’s old quarry offers little foraging habitat for songbirds".

http://www.downeast.com/magazine/2009/december/mighty-wind-vinalhaven

Nope, he couldn't find any bats, clearing the way for these monster turbines. Podolsky did the study with Norm Famous. http://www.foxislandswind.com/faqs.html

Norm Famous is married to Marcia Spencer-Famous who heads up approvals of industrial wind projects across the state for LURC.

That said, others in the scientific community take issue with the findings of no bats on Vinalhaven:

"Vinalhaven (Maps 9/15) An astute group of 5th grade naturalists, Mrs. Radley's class noted bats flying and catching insects over the pond.

http://www.mainenature.org/archive/5-26-98.html
Comment by Whetstone_Willy on January 17, 2010 at 11:52pm
A law on the books prevents power-transmission companies from owning power generation facilities in their market areas. That seems to be blocking development of renewable energy, said Baldacci, and he said he would look at whether the law should be changed.

- Portland Press Herald
September 27, 2009


http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=285857&ac=

 

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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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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