Long Islander's Blog – August 2018 Archive (30)

Greenwood stands up to corporate America

“It’s great for the small town of Greenwood because it shows that corporate America cannot push little towns around as much as they think they can,” Greenwood resident Norm Milliard said.

On Monday Greenwood voters overwhelmingly approved proposed amendments to the commercial wind farm section of a town ordinance, effectively banning such farms through a new tower height restriction.

The vote was 206-41.

........................When the results of the vote…

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Added by Long Islander on August 10, 2018 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Governor's Energy Adviser Thrashes Wind, Solar and the Media for Publishing Garbage

Just go to the following links, click the arrow in the upper left and turn on your speakers. Mr. LaBrecque, who is Gov LePage's technical adviser on energy, makes some excellent points on energy that are grounded in the real world. For example -  how a penny more per kWh here and a penny more per kWh there quickly turns into many, many millions of dollars that can chase companies out of Maine and scare prospect companies away.

Mr. LaBrecque condemns the wind/solar industries…

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Added by Long Islander on August 8, 2018 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Sun Journal: Greenwood Ordinance Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Wind Power

206 votes for the protective ordinance and 41 against meaning 83% of the vote went against wind. Congratulations Greenwood.

Funny how the wind industry's rigged polls tell us just the opposite. Folks, these ordinance votes are the real polls. When put to a real vote, over 90% of protective wind ordinances pass. What is it about "Mainers don't want wind power" do the politicians, paid off environmental groups and completely biased media not…

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Added by Long Islander on August 7, 2018 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

Bethel Citizen denounced for calling wind opponents in Greenwood “self-centered” and “ignorant

Just one more newspaper owned by Reade Brower.

See link at very bottom of this post.

8/3/18

by By Peter Wert and Tom Rose

Facts matter — all of the facts. We were astonished to read the editorial published in the Bethel Citizen on Aug. 2 in favor of wind development in Greenwood. It’s fine that they are in favor of wind development — everyone is entitled to their own opinion — however, the idea that the group opposed to wind development is…

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Added by Long Islander on August 6, 2018 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

Stars Over Katahdin - New film asks "Do humans suffer ill effects from light pollution?"

I look forward to seeing the film. I wonder whether the film maker is aware of the various wind projects right to the east of Katahdin, Baxter State Park and the Katahdin Woods & Waters national monument that have been on the wind developers' drawing boards for years. Are the proponents of the national monument cognizant of the fact that the monument's host communities for which they lobbied (Sherman, Stacyville, Patten, Mount Chase, etc.) are in the wind developers' target sights?…

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Added by Long Islander on August 5, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Wind advocate Maine Audubon lectures about the importance of dark skies

This, from the "environmental group" that granted "Eagle Status" to giant donor First Wind, the number one wind developer in the state and likely public enemy number one to, err, eagles.

A guide to reducing light pollution around your home, neighborhood

“As we continue to see suburban sprawl reaching into historically dark areas, we should expect to see lower productivity and higher mortality in many of our native species,” said Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist at…

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Added by Long Islander on August 5, 2018 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Greenwood voters to decide wind issue Monday

After more than a year of research and debate, Greenwood voters Monday will decide the fate of proposed amendments to the commercial wind farm section of town ordinance.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Gore Road, next to the Town Office.

The Calpine Corporation has been studying the viability of a 13-turbine ‘Long Mountain Wind Farm’ project in the area of Long, Tibbetts and Elwell mountains, near Twitchell Pond. Prompted by the potential…

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Added by Long Islander on August 2, 2018 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Disqualified: Wind Developers' Claim of 100% Clean Energy

As Governor LePage's technical adviser and energy expert, Jim LaBrecque, confirmed on July 27 as a guest on WVOM, wind turbines consume electricity from the grid and this outside electricity is sometimes used…

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Added by Long Islander on August 2, 2018 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Fred Huntress Jr: Greenwood Don't Be Fooled

The residents of Greenwood will have the opportunity to save their mountains when they vote on the ordinance on Aug. 6.

How often do people read an article about a wind power project in which the term “wind farm” is used? When most people think of a farm, they picture open fields and pastures where the hard-working owners practice good stewardship of the land to make it more productive.

On the contrary, a “wind farm” only harvests one crop, wind, which it…

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Added by Long Islander on August 2, 2018 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

LePage Energy Adviser Reacts to the AP's Fake News About Univ of Maine Wind Turbine

On July 26, 2018, in an article headlined "LePage adviser repeats tall tale about UMPI wind turbine" which appeared in a number of newspapers including the Sun Journal, Jim LaBrecque, the "Technical Adviser to the Governor" was quoted as saying that the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) uses outside power to turn the blades of the University of Maine's wind turbine.

SEE:…

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Added by Long Islander on August 1, 2018 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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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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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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