China refines 95 percent of rare earth compounds that are used in making parts for wind turbines. That same rare earth is used in making the batteries for the Toyota Prius. China may soon put limits on the exporting of these compounds and Toyota may have to open a pit mine in California to obtain what they need.
This leads me to the question, how on earth do companies like Bath Iron Works (BIW) plan to make these turbines, plus pay union scale workers to build them and hope to compete with China in a world market?
There is a petition online co-authored by Peter Woodruff, a BIW mechanic/designer asking for signatures (the goal is 50,000) from people who want turbines that may be erected in the Gulf of Maine built in the U.S., preferably Bath Iron Works.
It might be interesting to view the number of petitioners and their comments.http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/build-gulf-of-maine-wind-turbines-...
note: Even though I am totally against the use of wind for power generation, I find it despicable of Baldacci and others to play off the hopes and fears of Maine workers. In a depressed economy workers need facts, not hyperbole to plan for their future. Luring workers with false promises just to sell more people on the use of industrial wind shows me just how desperate Baldacci is becoming.