If the National Park Service sees fit to keep wind turbines 34 miles away from a lighthouse that is only 156' tall as noted at the link below, then surely Maine needs to reassess the far smaller distances it tolerates from these out of scale and place structures. Perhaps the NPS needs to intervene on behalf of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
The National Park Service has asked the bureau to keep wind areas at least 34 miles from the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse, south of Kitty Hawk, to keep turbines out of view.
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Check out this file from a 2008 study about NJ tourism and wind turbines. This company doesn't even exist, so who really wrote the report???
I am going to try to get a copy of the NJ study that found energy projects make tourism decline. No surprise there.
Penny - It will be a "by invitation only" event, I am sure. $90 for both days. Looking at the Agenda, I would say the Governor is not involved. Just a Fancy Title to draw attention.
Interview: Rethinking Wind Power is from Feb 2010 ~ IT'S RAINMAKING TIME with Kim Greenhouse
(posting for those who have not heard it yet)
"In this show, guest Lawrence Dwight, Jr. (aka J Dwight) gives us valuable insight into true energy independence and the economics of wind power. We tend to perceive it as an exciting, cost-effective, sustainable energy solution for the future. It seems very alluring. But is it really as great as we’ve been told?
The details suggest that wind power may not be as affordable or efficient as we thought. Of course everything has its place, but where does wind power fit in? How does it work? And who benefits from using it? Tune in with J Dwight to find out!"
Will the governor be present at that conference? The Tourism Association and Maine Tourism Board are completely focused on rising sea levels and loss of waterfront real estate.
"Van der Vaart’s letter said the two zones near tourist-heavy Wilmington deserve similar protection. He said studies commissioned by New Jersey found significant declines in tourism when energy projects can be seen from shore."
Wow. I didn't realize New Jersey had offshore wind farms that were effecting their tourism industry. That's a very powerful statement. It's unclear to me what the Sierra Club's stance is on this?
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