Former environmental consultant omits Maine wind turbine fires in piece on supposed increasing wind speeds

The writer, Marina Schauffler, before becoming a journalist served as a communications consultant to numerous environmental organizations and agencies. In the piece, excepted below, she talks about the threat of wind driven fires, suggesting that wind speeds are getting higher.

From the article:

"Historically, the state’s largest and most destructive fires have been wind-driven, Mints noted: “Here in Maine, wind is our nemesis.”

However, nowhere in the article is there any mention of the dire threat to Maine forests posed by wind turbine fires. Wind turbines catch fire. That is an established fact and the number of wind turbine fires increases every year. We can probably expect more of such fires in Maine as more and more wind turbines are placed in our forests. Basically, the approach to dealing with wind turbines on fire is to let them burn out as the burning blades and nacelles are often out of reach for firefighters. While this might suffice on the Great Plains, where burning prairie fires can be contained, such is not the case for a fire on a remote wind turbine deep in the dry woods on a mountain with the wind whipping the flames. Very simply, wind turbines in the Maine woods are a very serious accident waiting to happen.

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Wind is an overlooked wild card in climate change

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Comment by Willem Post on June 23, 2021 at 8:01am

Smart thermostats enables BIG BROTHER remote control of home heating thermostats, and remote control of appliances, i.e., fridge, heat pumps, cook oven, washer/dryer, electric vehicles.

Comment by Willem Post on June 23, 2021 at 7:57am

Frank,

A great summary of wind turbine-caused forest fires.

Letting them burn out is ok in IOWA, but not ok in Maine.

Maine is in discussions with developers to ADD another 850 MW of wind turbines in Northern Maine, per ISO-NE

Another cause is sparking from high voltage transmission lines and overloaded distribution lines.

Another cause is arson, or careless use of camp fires.

Another cause is lightning

Dead wood on forest floors exacerbates any forest fire.

Comment by Frank Haggerty on June 21, 2021 at 7:55am

Falmouth Massachusets 2 Town Owned Wind Turbines Commissioned By Ommission 2010 and 2012.

Shut Down By The Courts 2015 and 2017. 

Loss 15 Million & 5 Million in ARRA, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 federal funds.

Turbines Still NOT Removed - Expense continue 

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on June 21, 2021 at 12:52am

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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

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(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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