May 2014 Blog Posts (40)

Canton Mountain wind project wins approval

Canton Mountain wind project wins approval

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Added by Long Islander on May 16, 2014 at 5:06am — No Comments

IN MEMORIAM ,two years ago the CTFWP lost one of its founders and brilliant mind !

 in  the course of this brutal battle  some of us have left too early......

Obituary: J Dwight, 54, father, friend and columnist

Photo courtesy of…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on May 14, 2014 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

PPH - Sen. Collins Befuddled and Concerned as to Why Maine Wind Industry Lost Enormous Taxpayer Funded and Ratepayer Harming Gift

Answers sought on why Maine lost out on key grant for offshore wind project

A puzzled Sen. Collins hears one reason for the denial of full funding, amid questions about scoring and politics.

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com…

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Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2014 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Climate Cultists - Has the desperate global warming crusade reached its Waterloo?

If you do not support climate catastrophes .  .  . you are placed into a deniers box and accused to support the interest of the oil industry or alternatively that you are a man in a senior age and therefore unable to understand the concerns of the younger generations.

The frenetic publicity campaigns of recent months—the hyped reports of imminent climate catastrophe and the serial exaggerations of the prognosis of the West…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 13, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

E2Tech

E2Tech is bringing legislators, lobbyists and political experts together to discuss recent legislation and look ahead at initiatives that will define the political and policy landscape for the next Governor and Legislature.  Maine State Legislature:

 Senator John Cleveland - Chair, Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee Senator Tom Saviello - Member, Environment & Natural Resources Committee Business & the Environment:Stacey Fitts, Regulatory Manager, Summit Natural Gas…

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Added by alice mckay barnett on May 9, 2014 at 7:42pm — No Comments

BDN: Turbines versus tourism

Perhaps before the University goes after another huge taxpayer funded gift which grossly harms the Maine ratepayer, the University needs to come clean about its colossal failure in its sole land based wind test to date, its industrial turbine in Presque Isle. They publicized it to no end, even made a movie about it and went on a road show accepting undeserved praise. But they have never once publicized the fact that it achieved only 11% of capacity, making it an extraordinary…

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2014 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Bower's: Al Howlett Will Hopefully Read

Al Howlett, who wrote a pro-wind power letter in today's Portland Press-Herald will perhaps read and consider the following two thoughtful responses.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

So Much for Maine Audubon's Endorsement of Covering Maine with Wind Turbines and Transmission

Robert Bryce testifies before US Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee

US wind turbines are killing wildlife … FWS have documented dozens of endangered species kills … “to date the FWS have brought only one prosecution against the wind industry for violating the Endangered Species Act” … “wind turbines are climate-change scarecrows” … “let’s do the math” ……

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

BDN: Clifton voters to decide on property line setbacks for wind farms, ordinance change

Clifton voters to decide on property line setbacks for wind farms, ordinance change

EXCERPTS:

The proposed ballot wording is as follows:

“Each wind turbine shall be set back at least [4,000] feet from the nearest property line of any nonparticipating parcel. Wind Energy Facility owners may negotiate with property owners to waive the setback with a written mitigation waiver agreement.

A public hearing on the June 10…

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Added by Long Islander on May 8, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Friends of Muscongus Bay Relieved at Wind Power Grant Fail

http://www.fomb.me/news/

Meanwhile on Monhegan:

"Avian Survey - As of July 2009, Dr. Podolsky’s results have indicated that the number of birds and diversity of species at the site are low relative to the rest of the island,…

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Added by Long Islander on May 8, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Grant Failure Casts Doubt on Future of Maine Offshore Wind Project

BREAKING NEWS: Feds give Chinese-backed firm $47 million to build wind farm N.J. doesn't want

So much for the will of the states. You really have to wonder what is going on behind the scenes in 2014 Washington, D.C. At least the money doesn't befoul the Gulf of…

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Added by Long Islander on May 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Global warming was used to create the unconstitutional Maine wind law of 2008

Is this like the "aging transmission lines" scare that caused the ratepayer to be hit for $1.4 billion to buy the Maine wind industry essentially free shipping (CMP transmission upgrade) to southern N.E. for its product, already benefiting from all kinds of subsidies and preferential treatment? 

Global warming was used to create the unconstitutional Maine wind law of 2008…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 7, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Real Wind Story Will Come Out One Day

The real story will come out one day.
MAY 6, 2014

Public advocate changes…

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Added by Long Islander on May 6, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

We Have Made Investments Too!

Letter: We’re invested in New Hampshire, too

Several times since the proposed Wild Meadows industrial wind turbine complex in Danbury and Alexandria was first revealed to our unsuspecting towns, I’ve written to Gov. Maggie Hassan. Each time I get a version of a form letter in response.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 6, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

ANOTHER SELL-OUT OF MAINE TO THE WIND INDUSTRY ... this time BY MAINE PUBLIC ADVOCATE !!!

Maine public advocate withdraws opposition to wind energy deal

Posted May 05, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.…


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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on May 5, 2014 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

AGAINST THE WIND ,Bravo Crash Barry !

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Against the Wind

Crash Barry rants for the trees

by Crash Barry

There’s hope on the horizon for those of us determined to stop the industrialization of Maine’s wilderness. Reliable sources informed me last month that plans are in the works for a citizen initiative that could substantially slow, if not stop, the development of new wind-power projects atop the wooded peaks of the Pine Tree…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on May 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

May the Wind Be At Our Backs - And On The Racks

I haven't yet gotten my hands on a hard copy and it's not yet online, but hope to read this soon. The Bollard's physical edition is circulated primarily in southern Maine.

http://thebollard.com/masthead-contact-info/…

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Added by Long Islander on May 2, 2014 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

PPH: Maine board sets stage for rejection of First Wind project

Posted: May 1, 2014

Updated: Today at 12:45 AM
 

Maine board sets stage for rejection of $100 million wind project

The Bowers Wind Project would have an adverse impact on Downeast’s scenic lakes and the people who use them, members say.

By …

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Added by Long Islander on May 1, 2014 at 7:00pm — 28 Comments

VICTORY: BEP deals setback to Bowers Wind

Anybody see this Tweet from FMM just a few minutes ago? "Well-deserved kick in the teeth today (http://bit.ly/1ko37sH) for First Wind. BEP upholds DEP denial at…

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Added by Janice Anderson on May 1, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

NEWS FLASH: Legislature Sustains Gov's Veto of Justin Alfond's Wind Lobby Bill

In an extraordinarily well deserved rebuke to Senate President Justin Alfond, his fellow legislators supported Governor LePage's killing of Alfond's special interest bill which was shamelessly written by and for the wind industry at the expense of citizens.

The vote was along party lines. Kudos to the Republicans and shame on the Dems and Dick…

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Added by Long Islander on May 1, 2014 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

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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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