Bonanza Opportunity to Bring Our Criticisms of Wind Power to City-Based Supporters

The Portland Phoenix  weekly edition has just been posted on-line.  There are several articles relating to wind power and other issues that relate to wind power.  Chris O'Neil of Friends of Maine's Mountains and Brad Blake of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power were both contributors, but this is a great opportunity for us to bring our case to readers of the Phoenix. 

The Phoenix is one of the most prominent "freebee" news tabloids that are distributed everywhere, plus it is on-line.  The readership is a wide, but mostly younger and liberal, demographic.  Those are just the types who say "Windmills are cool because they are green" and not likely to ever have heard of places like Oakfield, the Boundary Mountains (Kibby), or Bull Hill.  What a great opportunity to bring the truth to people who have only heard the wind industry's propaganda!

This is a MUST POST COMMENTS alert!!!

You can go to the entire newspaper and read and comment on the several articles by clicking here:

http://portlandphoenix.me/category/features/

The individual articles regarding wind are:

Ten wind farms and counting: Developers defy dogged opposition

http://portlandphoenix.me/2015/06/17/features/ten-wind-farms-and-co...

The King wind saga: When Record Hill hit Capitol Hill

http://portlandphoenix.me/2015/06/17/features/the-king-wind-saga-wh...

Is renewable still doable?Natural gas is a fair weather friend for Maine’s renewable energy industries; yet one expert sees this fossil fuel as a critical ally for sustaining solar and wind power

http://portlandphoenix.me/2015/06/17/features/is-renewable-still-do...

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Comment by alice mckay barnett on June 18, 2015 at 9:28pm

most appeals are against a decision by the Department of Environmental Protection.

The problem is the DEP accepts application for a permit way before the neighbors of the project know about it.

In order to appeal a decision by DEP you must make a valid comment about a problem. If the problem can be fixed then an appeal to the Board of Environmental Protection is ZERO cost to the appellant.

Leases sold by the WIND developer acknowledges HARM done. (from property values to infra sound)

Proof has to be made that 42 decibals is tooo loud.

Proof is made that water downstream has changed.

(silt to fish kills)

If BEP sides with DEP an appeal to Maine Supreme Law court costs $150.

WIND law needs to change.

Legislature is the only venue for LAW change.

Bought and paid for by the WIND developer.

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 18, 2015 at 11:01am

we  have emailed the reporter concerning the problems with commenting , he is going to get in contact with the tech person .

Comment by Penny Gray on June 18, 2015 at 10:10am

Here's my comment, if someone can figure out how to log in, please let me know!

Renewables will only ever provide a small fraction of this planet's energy needs.  After thirty plus years, renewables provide just 1-2% of this nations energy. Renewables are more of a "feel good" religion than a science based energy policy.  Natural gas is a good interim energy source but we need to ramp up our nuclear energy very quickly if we're going to "wean ourselves off of foreign oil".  Modular reactors are the only energy source that will provide enough clean energy to power this planet and keep our living standards as high as we've come to expect them.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on June 18, 2015 at 8:57am

wrote a good comment but must be logged in to post....lost the comment.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on June 18, 2015 at 8:21am

Brad and Steven and Monique, thanks for remaining leaders of this army.

Comment by Donald Moore on June 18, 2015 at 8:00am
thank you Brad for picking up the duties of Long Islander, we are enjoying your hard work reading all your articles on a regular basis. Don and Paula

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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