April 2019 Blog Posts (52)

A Dead Condor - Wind Energy and USFWS Secrets

A condor died in Wyoming last summer. For those that missed this important story, here is an update. .....Though never mentioned in a single story, a few miles from where this image was taken is a large wind farm. And a few more miles away from there,  are many more wind turbines. …

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Added by Jim Wiegand on April 30, 2019 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

PPH - Gov. Mills proposes ambitious goals for renewable energy

The Mills administration bill would also set official goals of obtaining 80 percent of electricity consumed in Maine from renewable sources by 2030 and from 100 percent renewable sources by 2050......................................“These issues need to be addressed by everyone today for tomorrow,” said Woodsome, a retired teacher and former chairman of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. “You can stand on the sidelines and be a Monday morning quarterback, or…

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Added by Long Islander on April 30, 2019 at 4:30pm — 17 Comments

China talks green but walks the walk with coal - NPR

"China has done a very good job of emphasizing the target of greening the Belt and Road," said Courtney Weatherby, a Southeast Asia analyst at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. "But it's not clear when you look at the actual projects that China is funding that they are truly green."

4/29/19

Why Is China Placing A Global Bet On Coal?

By Steve Inskeep & Ashley Westerman

Days before the forum with its "clean and…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on April 30, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Anyone need more proof of Geeen energy's ongoing turbine mortality research fraud?

Watch this 2009 video link. It is an interview conducted before Shawn Smallwood went way south with his nonscientific studies. The truth is that none of  Shawn Smallwood's mortality studies are scientific. Even so his best guess back then was that that 3500---5000 raptors were being slaughtered each year at Altamont. At about 45 seconds into this video, he goes on to say "we're not…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on April 29, 2019 at 12:45pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: April 29, 2019

The following articles may be found at the link below.

A short French video (in English): Three Arguments against Wind Turbines
Another socialist boom and bust in solar…
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Added by Long Islander on April 29, 2019 at 8:17am — No Comments

Claims of NECEC Scenic Impact Exaggerated

For dramatic effect, the opponents of the NECEC have been publishing scary stock photos of massive power lines from the midwest and elsewhere.  As a result, most of the vocal-local opposition has been focused on scenic impact to Maine's wilderness.  Here are some of their published photos, some provided to media outlets. 

NRCM…

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Added by Art Brigades on April 27, 2019 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Staggering New Denver Eagle Repository totals - Since 1995 they have received 57,000 eagle carcasses

My old estimates for the numbers of eagle carcasses pouring into the Denver repository were far too low.

In this 2014 NBC Denver Eagle Repository story, put out 5 years ago, at the end of the video, they admit that the repository has processed over 42,000 eagles since 1995. What they don’t tell people is that this eagle carcass number has escalated since 1995 right along with the development of wind energy in eagle habitat. Back then the repository was receiving 800-900 eagles a year.…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on April 27, 2019 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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…

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Added by Long Islander on April 26, 2019 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Weaver Wind - The gang from the old First Wind is suddenly a friend of Maine's birds and bats

Wind developer offers to conserve land to lessen turbines’ threat to birds

A wind power development firm behind a proposal that state officials think will pose a threat to birds is offering to conserve 5,800 acres of woods and wetlands in Hancock and Washington counties as wildlife habitat.

Longroad Energy, which has applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection for approval to erect 22…

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Added by Long Islander on April 25, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

IFO INSTITUTE STUDY CASTS DOUBT ON CLIMATE-SAVING CREDENTIALS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

A Tesla Model 3 has a worse life-cycle carbon footprint than a similar-sized Mercedes diesel car, the renowned German think tank, IFO, has found. It warns that electric vehicles are "no panacea" against climate change.

https://www.dw.com/en/ifo-study-casts-doubt-on-electric-vehicles-climate-saving-credentials/a-48460328

When the IFO released its findings…

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Added by Willem Post on April 25, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Germany's Dirty Electric Cars for Maine ? Some Science please! Conservation of Energy always rules*

Conservation of Energy Rules*,

ELECTRIC CARS are not an answer .…

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Added by arthur qwenk on April 24, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

Consumers paid $125.2 billion more for electricity due to wind (Forbes)

Unreliable nature of solar and wind makes electricity more expensive, new study finds

Michael Shellenberger, Contributor | Forbes | Apr 22, 2019 | www.forbes.com ~~

Solar panels and wind turbines are making electricity significantly more expensive, a major new study by a team of economists from the University of Chicago finds.

Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) “significantly increase average retail electricity prices, with prices…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on April 24, 2019 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Governor Mills Statement Honoring Earth Day

Governor Mills Statement Honoring Earth Day

April 22, 2019

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in recognition of Earth Day:

“Maine’s natural resources are a cornerstone of our heritage and our economy. Preserving them is vital to our public health and, in a sense, to the survival of our communities. Protecting these precious resources is not some partisan rallying cry, but a responsibility that all of us share and a recognition that the…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2019 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Germany's Renewable Energy Wonder: Not So Fast

This is a must read for those still wanting to use Germany as the poster child for wind and solar in Maine and beyond:

https://stopthesethings.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/1-6-_kompendium-der-energiewende_englisch_1.pdf

Please share. 

Barry Stephens

Added by Barry Stephens on April 22, 2019 at 11:32am — 2 Comments

Jim Fossel: Maine’s Green New Deal as substance-free as the federal version

The Maine version of the Green New Deal, formally unveiled by its proponents recently and facing a public hearing this week, was at least introduced as actual legislation. That makes it a little less vague than its federal counterpart, albeit only slightly so. Its two most concrete components require electricity providers to switch to 80 percent renewable electricity by 2040 and require the Public Utility Commission and Efficiency Maine Trust to write legislation that lets public schools use…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2019 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

Mass Senator Elizabeth Warren Faces Wind Turbine Dilemma For Maine

How many more communities in Maine would end up like Massachusetts wind turbine communities tortured by the noise from megawatt wind turbines if Sen Elizabeth Warren was elected President of the United States of America?

It's clear that governments can ignore public opinion just ask anyone of twenty-one…

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Added by Frank Haggerty on April 22, 2019 at 8:38am — 3 Comments

Otis Ordinance Vote Soon

https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/featured/otis-weighs-wind-farm-ban/

The headline calls it a "ban" but it is not.  It, like over 100 other ordinances around Maine, is zoning written to regulate and protect a community from a gawdawful land use.  The maximum height of 150 feet to top of blade pretty much kills any industrial wind project, which is a community's right. They are copying/pasting the…

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Added by Art Brigades on April 21, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Looking for "The Green New Deal"? A little bit of science...

.....for those who still remember what it is.
The “New Energy Economy”: An Exercise in Magical Thinking

Manhattan Institute

Mark P. Mills

26 March 2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A movement has been growing for decades to replace hydrocarbons, which collectively supply 84% of the world’s energy. It began with the fear that we were running out of oil. That fear has…

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Added by arthur qwenk on April 21, 2019 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

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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/

 

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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