Robert Bryce: List Of 317 Wind Rejections Sierra Club Doesn’t Want You To See

A few weeks ago, I ran into a prominent employee of the Sierra Club who declared something to the effect of “we have to quit using coal, oil, and natural gas.” That, of course, is the official dogma of America’s “largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.” The group says it is “committed to eliminating the use of fossil fuels, including coal, natural gas, and oil, as soon as possible. We must replace all fossil fuels with clean renewable energy, efficiency, and conservation.” 

This same Sierra Clubber also expressed dismay about the difficulty of siting big renewable-energy projects and how they are being hindered by “NIMBYism.” Upon hearing this, I quickly interjected that I loathe that term, which, of course, is short for “not in my backyard.” I explained that everyone, everywhere, cares about what happens in their neighborhood, even out there in “flyover country” – that is, the places that are far away from the comfy confines of places like San Francisco, Princeton, Stanford, and other locales where fantasies about an all-renewable economy seem to proliferate.

I went on to introduce myself and explained that I have been tracking the issue of land use and renewables for many years. I explained that rural residents are objecting to wind projects because they don’t want to see the red-blinking lights atop those 50- or 60-story-high wind turbines, all night, every night, for the rest of their lives. They are also concerned — and rightly so — about the deleterious health effects of noise from the turbines, sleep disturbance, and potential decrease in their property values. I followed up by emailing this person — at their Sierra Club email address — a link to my April report for the Center of the American Experiment, “Not In Our Backyard,” which documents the widespread opposition to Big Wind and Big Solar in rural America. I included a link to the Renewable Energy Rejection Database. That database, which I have been maintaining myself, now lists 317 local communities or government entities from Maine to Hawaii, that have rejected or restricted wind projects in the US since 2015. 

I didn’t get a reply. So I resent the email. Again, no reply. 

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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 6, 2021 at 8:41am

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Yes, the Attorney General is instructing the FBI to investigate parents who might pose a financial threat to the business of his daughter’s husband.


Comment by Penny Gray on October 6, 2021 at 7:59am

It's going to be a scary energy winter, people are going to die from the cold:

Comment by Willem Post on October 5, 2021 at 7:31pm

The only reason they gat away with it, is because the Media are in cahoots with Wall Street and all sorts of RE folks

Comment by Penny Gray on October 5, 2021 at 3:23pm

Virginia company is pushing forward with 30 turbine DownEast Wind project in Columbia and surrounding pristine areas including Schoodic Lake and the Great Heath:

Comment by Penny Gray on October 5, 2021 at 12:51pm

The "green" brainwashing has been so effective that it's nearly impossible to convince otherwise seemingly intelligent people that at present time, without a buildout of robust nuclear powered energy plants, there's no way we're going to "wean ourselves off of fossil fuels".  It's as if science has ceased to exist.

Comment by Art Brigades on October 5, 2021 at 12:46pm

The author has had an interest in Maine for years.

He could include these two lists on his own: 



Comment by arthur qwenk on October 5, 2021 at 7:22am

The left wing progressive ideology is sick, along with their "Unreliable Power "  based on nothing but graft , corruption and subsidy theft  from average Americans who now see the absurdity and stupidity of  a "Renewable "  power dogma, destined to fail.

Corporate Enviros  such as Sierra Club and Audubon are a significant part of the corruption,


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Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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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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