We face a David vs. Goliath fight over the wind turbine project, but our island is worth fighting for.... we represent the views of nearly half of Monhegan Island residents, as well as many other seasonal residents and visitors from around the world.
UMPI turbine produced 13% of its stated capacity - Not remotely worth it!
Public Funding deserves FOIA & FOAA information releases. Not just the published papers, but copies of the actual recording instrumentation charts or other outputted information. That information is not protected as a Trade Secret.
Meanwhile, in Presque Isle, where the University of Maine has had a an industrial wind turbine since May 15, 2009, and where the University promised 100% transparency and information/data sharing with the public about this public-funded wind turbine, here's what we have today:
This souds like "the dog ate my homework". At the very least, they should make public all the reporting that had to have been done off of the data housed in the server. Certainly those data were downloaded by individuals and reported on separately, such as in Excel. Where is that?
Last we looked, the turbine was showing a capacity factor of 11%. A disaster, but one that we predicted.
The University got a $50,000 grant from Kurt Adams' PUC to kick this off. We read many an article about this turbine and how great it was going to be. Then UMPI president Donald Zillman went on a road show bragging about their accomplishment. They received awards and even spent $$$$$ making a propaganda film about the turbine. The media covered this every step of the way.
But now that it is clear that the turbine is a gigantic failure and one that costs more and more money every year - and now that it is clear that Baldacci's UMS trustees signed off on this with zero examination, where are the media? The media will cover the most obscure and contrived wind industry events. But where is their follow up reporting on this? They gave it plenty of propaganda support. But now that it has failed, where is the ink?
Don't give up. Standing Rock can be our beacon. Also, I hope you will consider reading: "Green Illusions, The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism" by Ozzie Zehner and "Techno-Fix, Why Technology Will Not Save Us or the Environment" by Michael & Joyce Heusseman. We are being hoodwinked into thinking there is a 'fix' and we can continue to consume energy as we have been. Don't assume you cannot stop this folly. Many will have your backs as more and more people realize that we are all in the crosshairs.
From the Article:
What was originally presented as a one-eighth-scale turbine, which would be tested for two five-month periods, has morphed into a 20-year-long major project, with industrial-scale wind turbines on floating towers and backed by $48 million of taxpayer money.
Same ole salesman pitch, once the toe is in the door the battle is half won.
We fought Oakfield for 3 years and it was worth every minute even though we lost- please keep up your fight- as one never knows- the tables do turn but you do have to keep pushing- best of luck- those things should NEVER have been allowed in our state.
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