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Sun Journal - The Economics of Wind: What's behind the interest, and what's it mean for jobs

The Sun Journal is running a two part series called "The Economics of Wind". Part 1 runs today, Part 2 tomorrow.

You can find it at

Some observations I made while reading it:
Truly massive…
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Added by Long Islander on April 11, 2010 at 8:08am — 1 Comment

The Mahoosucs - aka "The Heights of Hypocrisy" - Shame on the Mahoosuc Land Trust

Mahoosuc Land Trust Accepts Dirty Wind Money

It's a very bad thing when a wind company destroys a mountain top for money. But it is arguably more revolting when an organization whose mission is "To Protect and Conserve Land" for "Unspoiled Scenic Views", celebrates the destruction of a mountain top for money.

Please see the following article where you will read how the Mahoosuc Land Trust did just that.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 9, 2010 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

I'm proud to be a NIMBY from Musquacookimby

Maine Voices: An activist discovers that it takes a NIMBY to protect the village

They are the people most willing to defend their territories, families and way of life.



KAREN BESSEY PEASE

When I entered the campaign to save Maine's iconic mountains from development, I had a huge dread: the fear of being seen as a "NIMBY" (Not in my backyard).





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Bessey Pease is a…

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Added by Long Islander on April 9, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

How about protecting all of Maine's mountains and ridges AMC?



New Study Highlights Challenges Facing the Appalachian National Scenic Trail



The impacts of wind-energy developments are not limited solely to aesthetic considerations such as undeveloped scenic vistas. These developments often include high-grade access roads in fragile, high-elevation terrain, outbuildings, and transmission lines. They adversely affect soils (e.g., increase erosion or compaction), vegetation (e.g., facilitate the spread of invasive…

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Added by Long Islander on April 3, 2010 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Barry Hobbins: We Know What's Good For You

Don't worry about the fact that ocean wind will be many times more expensive on your electric bills. Don't worry at all. It is for our own good according to Ocean Energy Task Force member and Utilities Committee Co-Chair Barry…

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Added by Long Islander on March 29, 2010 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Vinalhaven Drive By Attack on "anti-wind activists" and the media by the Island Institute

I use the term "drive by" because there is no online forum to fire back with a comment. The author uses the term "anti-wind activists", but wasn't he the activist who created the problem on Vinalhaven in the first place?

The article is here:…

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Added by Long Islander on March 27, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ocean Energy Task Force; "Not in My Front Yard" is Preventable

I came across an OETF presentation and was struck by the following slide that says "NIMFY IS PREVENTABLE". I believe the presentation is from early 2009.

http://www.ebcne.org/fileadmin/pres/Don_Perkins.pdf

NIMFY of course is the saltwater coastal version of its inland acronymn cousin, NIMBY. I'm sure the folks in places…

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Added by Long Islander on March 25, 2010 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Fort Kent Wind Group Denied Their Rights by their Town Council?

I'm not sure about this, but it sounds as though the town council in Fort Kent may not be looking out for its citizens who wanted an alternative wind ordinance on the ballot. The name of the citizens group is: Citizens for Responsible Wind Development, or CROWD

Rushing to the defense of the town council is Town Manger, Don Guimond.

A petition to place the alternative ordinance was presented to the Fort Kent Town Council by Councilor Joel Desjardins at its…

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Added by Long Islander on March 19, 2010 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Carolyn Chute - Does this sound familiar?

If we are one thing, we are a diverse group - a federation of busy lives moving in every direction, but intersecting at a locus that repels those who would wish to take something away from us.

The following is from an article in the NY Times about author Carolyn Chute and her husband Michael. If someone knows Ms. Chute, please send out a call for help. The pen can beat back the turbine and help chase the interloping thieves off the land.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 16, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

560 WGAN Interview with J. Dwight

3/13/10

Below is the link to an archive of 560 WGAN's radio interview with J. Dwight on wind power on 3/13/10.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 14, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Congressman Eric Massa Went Up Against Some Very Powerful People

With all the news on Congressman Eric Massa's resignation, I started googling and came across the letter below.

Massa has said on the news in the last 24 hours that some powerful forces in Washington, D.C. set him up and pushed him out.

From our vantage point, we know that he was a true thorn in the side of First Wind. First Wind is essentially half owned by hedge fund D.E. Shaw which paid National Economic Director Larry Summers $5.2 million…

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Added by Long Islander on March 9, 2010 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Wind Turbine Syndrome meets Hollywood

Wind Turbine Syndrome meets Hollywood

“[Movie] sound engineers deliberately include loud noises well below the lowest frequencies that can be detected by our hearing system (20 Hertz) because, although we cannot hear such sounds directly, our body actually feels them. Studios apparently insist that theaters playing big-bang films be equipped with Dolby-type sub-woofers that can generate frequencies well below 20 Hz.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 7, 2010 at 5:14pm — 2 Comments

Why the Double Standard Olympia, Susan and Habib?

Yesterday, each of our U.S. Senators issued a press release about a bill they have introduced called the Deepwater Offshore Wind Incentive Act which would provide a tax incentive of 3.04 cents per kilowatt production tax credit for the first 6,000 Megawatts of Deepwater Offshore Wind Production in the United States.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 4, 2010 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Maine Sunday Telegram: Jonathan Carter Rebuts Angus King

This is a very important piece and is also posted in the NewsShare section of this website:

http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/wind-project-comes-at-great-cost_2010-02-26.html

12/28/10

Maine Voices:…

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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2010 at 9:08am — No Comments

Which is it Maine - Do you want higher or lower cost electricity? - It's one or the other.

Maine Economic Growth Council cites energy costs as an obstacle to Maine’s economic growth…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Energy Co-chair Hinck and Wind Industry Lawyer wife Browne not a CONFLICT OF INTEREST - Who is the Maine Ethics Commission?

2/25/10

In a unanimous vote today, the six person Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices said Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland, co-chairman of the legislative committee that deals with energy issues, does not have a conflict of interest in voting on legislation regarding wind power by virtue of the fact his wife, Juliet Browne, represents several wind power developers at the Verrill Dana law firm in Portland.

Here is information about…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2010 at 9:35pm — 5 Comments

UMPI Website Introduces new section entitled Live Turbine Data

This long awaited section is brand new to the UMPI website (2/24/10) http://www.umpi.edu/wind

Although the $ 2 million turbine was commissioned nine months ago (see May 15, 2009 Bangor Daily News

http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/106065.html), unfortunately there are no data…
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Added by Long Islander on February 24, 2010 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Who is First Wind?

Who are these guys? Cape Wind, EMI, UPC, First Wind, IVPC?

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Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2010 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Mr. Angus King Attempts to Marginalize Wind Critics in the Maine Sunday Telegram

You can read the whole Angus King opinion piece that was in today's Maine Sunday Telegram here:

http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/wind-power-myths-blow-away_2010-02-19.html

In the piece, Mr. King names four "myths" and proceeds to debunk them. What is truly scary is that he presumably has people who could have helped him with this, yet his debunking is frankly an…

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Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2010 at 8:00pm — 15 Comments

Legislators decline to protect Mainers from health impact of wind turbines



For immediate release, February 9, 2010

Legislators decline to protect Mainers

from health impact of wind turbines

MEDIA…

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Added by Long Islander on February 9, 2010 at 12:00pm — 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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