In the Maine Sunday Telegram, Sun., April 25, 2010 -
"Smart meters key to cutting costs of energy"
The article itself is the usual cheerleading and boosterism for industry that I have come to expect from a paper run by Rich Conner. Why the man thinks he is producing anything like news is beyond me. His refusal to cover the Kurt Adams/PUC story says it all. But that is not my point here.
In the comment section of this article, there is a comment by… Continue
Stopping the ecological devastation of pristine wilderness, loss of habitat and death of many of our fellow creatures, and the anguish of those impacted in the shadows of these giant monoliths must take on a new urgency.
Much has been written about the blasting, the clearcutting, transmission lines, access roads and the destructive process needed to set up the massive turbines. What I would like to focus on are the herbicides used to prohibit new growth and kill off… Continue
China refines 95 percent of rare earth compounds that are used in making parts for wind turbines. That same rare earth is used in making the batteries for the Toyota Prius. China may soon put limits on the exporting of these compounds and Toyota may have to open a pit mine in California to obtain what they need.
This leads me to the question, how on earth do companies like Bath Iron Works (BIW) plan to make these turbines, plus pay union scale workers to build them and hope to compete… Continue
Don't ask me why, but I Googled Land For Maine's Future and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust - Protecting the Character of Maine for Future Generations. Almost 500,000 acres of land have been bought up by the gov'mint. Lots of money was bonded, I remember 'cause I voted for these bonds. Is any of that land in danger of being industrialized by big windies? And, if Maine is supposed to be protecting the character of… Continue
I just found this - "VINALHAVEN, MAINE WIND ENERGY PROJECT CASE STUDY"
I haven't spent time looking at it and I'm not sure who the original source is, although the website it appears on is the Wildlife Conservation Society. Neverthless, it has information on birds on Vinalhaven, so maybe you will find this of interest.
Good afternoon JoAnne!! Many thanks for your comment! If the town of Dixfield is in favor of these turbines, I and many of my friends will be surrounded by them.
The Saddleback Ridge Project is in back of us and the Colonel Holman will be in front of us on opposite sides of Rt#2. Blessings! Jan
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Welcome to Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine
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."
Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT
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(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 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From 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?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From 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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/
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