Is there any thought about having a new poll done? By a more neutral pollster? I'm not sure if it would help stop these projects and realize that it might not work in our favor -- but surely it's got to be better than the '90% in favor' that the proponents keep throwing around.


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Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on December 30, 2009 at 6:02pm
Most people, IMHO, are buffeted by the winds of the media on this topic. Few have done a siting study, let alone are sailers or have home weather stations that measure wind velocity and vectors on an annual basis.

So a survey would be no more than a reflection on prevailing media opinion; not experience with wind power or expertise.

There are some town council votes, i.e. Brunswick and actions by town managers which indirectly reflect public sentiments.

p.s. I worked p.t. for Pan Atlantic a few years ago making the phone calls on that edition of the OMNIBUS poll. Unless they've changed their sampling methodology, there are large numbers of under sampled people, i.e. under 35's who work and use cell phones as their personal phone---the survey has always used land lines. On the other hand, If I could 'hook' a person into completing the full survey---about 20 min. of phone time; I would get a genuine opinion--once a rapport is established with the respondent, you tend to get some rather honest responses.

PAN ATLANTIC will sell you a question; just call them and ask if there is room in this years survey for a question on wind farming, or depending on your budget, 'set up' questions which lead the respondent to the answer you want; i.e. do you value peace, quiet and country living? then, do you find large wind turbines might noisy or aesthetically unpleasing? Pan Atlantic will reformat your question, and they did have professional survey methodologists on staff doing this.
Comment by Art Brigades on December 24, 2009 at 12:53pm
J and Tracy, there is no doubt that pollsters can and do frame their questions to illicit (oops) a desired response. I'm not sure exactly which poll it was that everyone cites as showing 90% approval, but Pan Atlantic in Portland does the Omnibus Poll and is generally regarded as the genuine article of public opinion:
Comment by John Gates on December 22, 2009 at 1:11pm
One of the problems with polls, even if conducted by neutral pollsters, is that the average person has not given any thought to wind. If the question were "Are you in favor of wind power?", many might respond affirmatively.

If the question were changed to what is the reality experienced when the rubber actually meets the road, it would have to read along the lines of" "Would you support the installation of 20-25 wind turbines, each the height of a 40 story building topped with 24/7 strobe lights sounding like the roar of a jet in your community?"

Confronted with the true reality in a question as such, it is likely that only a small minority would respond affirmatively. Plain and simple, people place a value on their peace, quiet, health and happiness.

This is why it is vital to get out the education message on every level - noise, health, ecological damage, insignificant electricity production, incredibly large transmission infrastructure required, tax increases, electricity rate increases and the myriad of better choices.

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."


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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 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?" 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.”

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