Aiding and abetting the Maine wind industry are a number of entities which we should be able to trust but cannot. Examples include the University of Maine System, the so called environmental groups and the media. The news, or lack thereof today, April 2, 2019, illustrates the pro-wind bias from two of these groups, our universities and the media:
1. The following piece in today's University of Southern Maine's (USM) Free Press quotes two USM professors advocating for 100% renewable energy. One quote in particular caught my eye:
“When I see wind turbines I see soldiers that don’t have to go to the Middle East to fight for oil."
- USM professor Dr. Robert Sanford
What struck me about this is that wind turbines produce electricity (albeit unreliably) and in Maine, we use virtually no oil to generate electricity. (Except on rare occasions when Yarmouth's oil fired peaking plant on Cousin's Island is brought on line to meet atypically high demand - a situation caused by "environmental" groups blocking desperately needed natural gas pipelines connecting the northeast with the Marcellus, one of the earth's largest recoverable deposits of natural gas). Dr. Sanford teaches or has taught various environmental courses at USM including "Introduction to Nature Tourism". I wonder if he pitches his tent at a wind farm when he's looking to immerse himself in nature.
2. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the University of Maine's wind turbine fire, a fire that completely destroyed the turbine. Despite the total destruction of the university's sole onshore wind turbine no major newspaper has ever published a single sentence about this fire. Bear in mind that when the wind turbine was being built and when it went up, the press was always there to cover those stories and cheer lead. We'll read about high schoolers building model wind turbines in wind industry created competitions, but not a single word on the fire or almost anything that exposes the grossly failed promises of wind power. If a tree falls in the forest and the media doesn't cover it, guess what, the tree still fell.
Forgetting the one year anniversary of the UMPI fire should not surprise us. Last year was the tenth anniversary of Maine's horrendous expedited wind law which paved a clear path for the wind industry to trample Maine and Mainers. There was no retrospective from the media. They've never really looked back to examine the effects of this law which was written by and for the wind industry. They never even bothered to disclose the fact that the previous owner of most of the major newspapers in Maine, S. Donald Sussman, is the person who gave hedge fund D.E. Shaw its start. (Also at the time, married to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree). D.E. Shaw was of course longtime owner of the largest wind developer in Maine, First Wind.
This coming May (5/15/19) will mark the tenth anniversary of the much ballyhooed UMPI wind turbine. Don't hold your breath to see a commemorative status report in any of the state's newspapers. There's never been a status report in ten years.
Perhaps one of the Maine media's most glaring omissions was just three months ago when there was not a peep from them on this story: "All six land based Maine wind projects that had submitted proposals in response to Connecticut's "zero carbon" electricity RFP were rejected yesterday". http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/all-six-maine-onshore-w...The big winner in Connecticut's decision was nuclear, but you'll never hear about that. The same folks warning us of planetary destruction in 12 years have declared nuclear power off limits despite its overall safety record and improving technology. The Maine media basically dismiss it.
Funny how some things just aren't news if it doesn't fit your agenda. The real question is "what is driving the media's agenda these days?" They no longer report the news in a fair and balanced fashion. Because of this, they imperil not just Maine's ridges and hilltops, but far, far more.
If you're not having to fight off a wind turbine project near your home and you rely on the mainstream media for your news, chances are you have little idea as to how fraudulent and useless wind power is. And if you're a student, chances are your teachers and/or college professors have been leading you down the renewable energy garden path for a good part of your life.
The UMPI Promise
The Delivery: UMPI wind turbine data as reported 4/2/19 (Basically what's been reported every time we've checked over the last year).