Friends of the Highlands: What's at stake in Western Maine?

Great piece by Alan Michka in our local paper, the Times Record http://www.timesrecord.com/
I'm having trouble linking to the piece but if you click on opinion and go to the 8th down, there it is. No chance to comment but it can be rated.

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Comment by Long Islander on March 6, 2010 at 10:26am
With respect to Scarlett's comment, you can read up on the University of Maine Laboratory of Avian Biology at the following link.

http://www2.umaine.edu/avian/index.htm
Comment by Scarlett on March 6, 2010 at 8:38am
The Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon hosted a really cool talk on birds and wind power last week in Bangor given by some scientists at UMO. They showed how tons of birds could be affected by wind farms in different ways at different places around the state. You should get them to talk to your local groups about this.....contact the biology department - I think the head scientist was a Dr. Holberton (spelling?). It was a good talk and will make the wind companies sit up!
Comment by Whetstone_Willy on March 5, 2010 at 7:42pm
C'mon, wind turbines are good for your health. Those nice vibrations are soothing. You are the same type of people who claim cigarette smoking is bad. Lighten up and let me make my money.

Comment by Long Islander on March 5, 2010 at 7:39pm
Whaddya mean the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers wind turbines a threat to wildlife?

I personally once saw a cow near a wind turbine - and that's all the wildlife study we need. You understand? Besides, if the state starts listening to Fish & Wildlife and your Citizens' Task Force, I might miss out on like $100 million. You wouldn't want to do that to a former governor, would you?
Comment by Lisa Lindsay on March 5, 2010 at 5:51pm
I thought this was excellent, Joanne. Thanks for posting. Like trying to stop a speeding train...

 

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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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/

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