Karen Bessey Pease's Blog (12)

Local Communities Successfully Regain Their ‘Voices’

On Wednesday, March 9th, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) convened its monthly Commissioners’ meeting at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. One Agenda item of particular interest to several Maine communities was the Chapter 10 Rulemaking pertaining to Maine’s Expedited Permitting Area for wind development.

In June of 2015, the 127th Maine…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on March 11, 2016 at 6:34pm — 5 Comments

Protect and Preserve

I think it is time we watched this video again.

My friend Tom Olds and I created this a few years ago...and it is startling (and depressing) to realize how many of the rural landscapes which are showcased in this video have been lost to industrial wind development since that time.

Lincoln (Rollins Mountain, Rocky Dundee, at the hands of First Wind/SunEdison), Saddleback (Patriot Renewables), Roxbury/Record Hill (Angus King/Independence Wind), Oakfield (First Wind/SunEdison),…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on January 31, 2016 at 4:04pm — 3 Comments

UT Residents take the next step in their journey to regain rights taken in 2008 by the passage of the Wind Energy Act

Please read and SHARE this post previously published on "Lexington and Concord Townships-Help Protect Rural Maine" on November 25th.

Tomorrow, January 4, 2016, is the first day LUPC will begin accepting petitions from UT residents requesting removal from the Expedited Permitting Area for wind. Please take advantage of this opportunity to regain your voice in matters of zoning and development within your communities.…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on January 3, 2016 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

In the Words of a King (and his Cohort)

Partial Transcript of a Meeting in Highland Plantation in August, 2010 with Rob Gardiner and Angus King of Independence Wind (Highland Wind LLC)

 

JJo Dunphy, Town Manager:

 

“We’re not going to allow any of the non-residents to speak, because… this is an assessor’s meeting and we have that prerogative.  We can’t have that happen.  If any of these extra folks that are here want to ask questions, they can talk with you…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on October 28, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

The Sound of a Leaf

 

I sat up in my orchard, with cocoa cup in hand.

My husband and my youngest son were roaming nearby land.

The ‘Wees’ (those Tennessean pups) were running here and there,

And Stevie-cat took swipes at them as they passed by his chair.

 

The dew was heavy on the ground.  The sun peeked over hill.

The trees—their colors…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on October 8, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas from Your Friendly Neighborhood Wind Developer: Bribes in the Guise of Largesse?

From snowmobile clubs to fire departments to historical societies, and from fuel assistance funds to youth programs to libraries; the wind industry in Maine has a long history of spreading its money around the communities wherein it hopes to build grid-scale industrial wind facilities.

 

The latest example of a wind corporation’s ‘largesse’ here in Maine can be…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on December 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

Arab-Owned Maine Wind

Maine isn’t just a magnificent piece of real estate—it’s a brand.  This beautiful state in which we live is a destination.  Maine residents already have what millions of people the world over are craving.

 

Maine is unique—and Mainers are distinctive.  We’re independent.  Resilient.  Proud.  We’re a people who…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on March 14, 2011 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

A new resource for WInd Warriors

A friend of mine and a fellow wind warrior from the Friends of the Highland Mountains, Dave Corrigan, has just started a new website and public forum in an attempt to stop this industrial wind menace that is threatening Maine. Please check out www.realwindinfoforme.com. Post the upcoming events which your personal "Friends" Wind Warrior group is attending/promoting/dealing with. Look for resources. Share information. Ask for assistance. If…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on October 15, 2010 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

From the September 29th issue of the IRREGULAR (www.theirregular.com) : KINGFIELD — At Tranten’s Family Market recently, seven mechanical engineering students from the University of Maine and their…

From the September 29th issue of the IRREGULAR

(www.theirregular.com) :

KINGFIELD — At Tranten’s Family Market recently, seven mechanical engineering students from the University of Maine and…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on September 30, 2010 at 10:39am — 5 Comments

Civil, but not Silent



When I began to research the topic of industrial wind on the mountaintops of Maine, it was with one purpose. Last…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on September 10, 2010 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Tilting at Windmyths



Electrical energy produced by the wind.…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on June 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Save the Highland Mountains of Maine

Many of the members of the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind know of the existence of the Friends of the Highland Mountains. We formed as a group in November of 2009, after Angus King and Rob Gardiner came to Highland with their plan to place industrial wind turbines along each of Highland’s five mountains.…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on April 26, 2010 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

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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