Mike DiCenso: All the colors of wind power should be presented at panels, not just one

All the colors of wind power should be presented at panels, not just one

Had the E2Tech event offered panelists with opposing views in addition to pro-wind supporters, the listeners at the event would have had a more complete picture of the wind incursion coming to Maine.

Maybe an event with anti-wind realists on the panel should be offered to allow the other side to be heard —there are PhDs on both sides of the aisle, you know.
Colgan asserts Maine should wean off foreign oil, but coal-burning stoves seem to be making a big comeback in the marketplace, which must be problematic. I question whether wind power has had any impact anywhere except for in theory.

Denmark has 6,000 turbines and still had to build new natural gas plants. No fossil-fueled plants have been shut down in the country and when Denmark sells wind power to Sweden and Norway, hydro is reduced to make room on their grid for no-net C02 reduction.

The CO2 problem and climate change — the original reasons for the existence of wind power — have been largely ignored in Maine because the selling point is now jobs. The construction jobs should be fixing roads and bridges before they collapse, not building super-sized dirt roads across miles of our scenic mountains, oversized transportation lines and industial skyscrapers with red blinking lights wasting power. How many homes could be lit with the wasted energy every night?

Professor Hunt claims that subsidies are needed for newer industries, but the subsidies are still there for all energy producers, even mature industries. That scheme needs to be evaluated. Once the greedy paws have entered the taxpayer subsidy cookie jar, they are hard to remove.

When Mainers cannot afford electricity, many may get off the grid instead of paying for expensive wind-generated power. Europe’s electricity rates are still high with thousands of wind turbines, and economies of scale still kicked in — many believe it never will.

The hidden costs of fossil fuels are real but the wind turbines have their own hidden costs, which are deliberately being ignored. The rare earth sites in China are an environmental disaster.
The huge earth moving machines use a lot of diesel fuel and run 24/7. A Cat D10 uses 43 gallons per hour, and these Terex machines use much more. The Baiyun Obo Acid Lake is 7 miles wide and growing. Radioactive tailings are piling up. China is importing coal from the U.S. in greater numbers.

Dr. High claims wind is the best environmental, economic and moral choice we can make. When I see pictures of the road building, blasting, erosion and scenic vistas spoiled with industrial skyscrapers, I must respectfully disagree. Add to that the CO2 from mining, processing, building, shipping, transportation, maintenance, repairs, replacements.

If the carbon problem began with the industrial revolution, how does expanding that solve the problem?

Please consider a C02 evaluation of wind turbines from the specks of neodymium to the finished product standing idle on a mountaintop producing nothing. It would be helpful to separate the facts from the hype.

Mike DiCenso




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Comment by Penny Gray on November 7, 2011 at 1:09pm
Great letter, Mike. Thank you.
Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on November 4, 2011 at 11:15pm

Thank  you  Mike  for  this excellent letter.

Industrial wind  power , because of  its  total scenic  insanity  had  to be  imposed : thus creating  an emergency ( Maine CO2 emissions ) and  submitting Maine people to  politicians ' s  moral authoritarianism was  the trick: a winning combination for greedy developers !

But this scheme  has  been largely  discovered .. Power  rises  and  falls and the  folks  responsible  for    the heinous  LD2283  will  have  to  face  Mainers one  day or another when Maine's  back will look like that of an  angry  porcupine ,  

Monique Aniel

Comment by Brad Blake on November 3, 2011 at 10:31pm

I posted this comment below Mike's letter in the Maine Campus.


Thank you, Mike DiCenso, for a wake up call to the "Greenwashed" masses.  Wind power is not the answer to anything except the greed of scamsters who co-opted genuine concern for greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change and parlayed it into a raid on the taxpayers and ratepayers. 

Students and faculty at UMaine and elsewhere, challenge your mind rather than being led mindlessly by a clever progaganda campaign by the wind industry and their cronies.  The wind industry we see in the US is the bastard child of Enron.  Paul Gaynor, the CEO of First Wind, the developer that is most actively raping the Maine countryside with sprawling industrial wind sites, is a former executive of Enron Wind and is well connected to GE (every turbine First Wind has erected in Maine has been a GE 1.5sel turbine---made in China). 

If you set aside the dreamy idealistic worship of turbines and actually study the plethora of issues associated with them, you will find they are physics-challenged, with no turbines in Maine operating anywhere near 30% capacity factor in even the windiest months.  Look at the economics and you will find that wind power is horrendously expensive per kwh, without subsidies and mandates it would never attract private investment.  Look at the public policy and question whether it makes sense with a $14.5 trillion National Debt and a Federal budget that is in deficit, that we use tax revenues to subsidize something that doesn't work?

At UMaine, you are an easy 45 minute drive to Mr. DiCenso's home town of Lincoln.  Drive up there and go out to the Rollins Wind site and see for yourself the huge environmentally devastating footprint that blasting away and leveling 7 miles of ridges has caused.  If it is breezy and the turbines are actually turning, borrow a decibel meter from a science lab and stand out on North Road in Lee or Half Township Road in Lincoln or on the shores of Madagascal Pond in Burlington and read the noise level of these.  Don't just jump out of the car and listen for 2 minutes and say that ain't so bad.  Spend time around them like I did and come away with headache and pressure in your chest, then think of what happens to the people living nearby. 

This is an issue in which Maine people, faculty and students alike, need to get involved.  Go look at Rollins, then imagine this done 50 more times around Maine's beautiful places, with bigger, louder, more intrusive machines.  If you care about Maine and the scourge of industrial wind ruining the state, go to www.windtaskforce.org and get involved.  You may also email me at blueyes1119@gmail.com if you want to be an activist against industrial wind.
Brad Blake
Cape Elizabeth and Lincoln, Maine
UMaine class of 1972


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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."


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