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    posted:  February 11, 2020
    Environment, Law, Newsletters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Seneca Anti-Wind Union

    The Windbreaker

    Contents (issue 36):
    State lawmakers in the Ohio Senate urged to allow SB 234 wind farm referendum
    Seneca Anti-Wind Union Investigates, Episode 3 – “Property Destruction, Forgery, and Trespassing; The Abuse of Host Community Citizens” (video link)
    Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills (Bloomberg News link)

    Download PDF: “Windbreaker, issue 36

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    posted:  February 11, 2020
    Economics, Emissions, Newsletters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  SOUL of WisconsinSOUL of Wisconsin

    SOUL of Wisconsin newsletter

    View at: campaign-archive.com

    Contents:

    Getting Serious about CO₂: Part II (click here for Part I)

    Citizen Intervenors Put Goals of Regional Utilities on Hot Seat
    Where Do Midwest States Currently Stand in Terms of CO₂ Reduction?
    What Measures Can Achieve 1.8% Per Year Reduction in Energy Use?
    How Does $4.26 per Month for Accelerated Energy Efficiency Compare to Spending $11.62 per Month for New Power Plants and Transmission Expansion?
    Set Your Own Household Standards. Inform Your Wisconsin Lawmakers About Your Progress.

    Off the Grid Perspectives After Three Years

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    posted:  December 8, 2019
    Action alerts, Economics, Emissions, Hearings, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  SOUL of Wisconsin

    Utilities Strive to Stifle Citizen Intervenors

    Iowa Cardinal Hickory Creek Hearings

    PUBLIC ATTENDANCE VITAL

    December 10, 11 and 12, 9am-5pm
    Hotel Julien, 200 Main Street
    Dubuque, Iowa

    Your presence is needed to support the efforts of public intervenors at the upcoming hearings in Dubuque. If successful, legal obstacles laid down by transmission builders ITC-Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative would remove Ms. Chris Klopp and three other public intervenors from impacting the technical proceedings and:

    Why Ratepayer Resistance?

    When a state like Iowa considers the proposal of a transmission line as large and as expensive as Cardinal Hickory Creek (CHC), profiting utilities and citizen parties known as “intervenors” make their arguments in a legal setting or “case.” Unlike regular citizens, utilities can afford to hire several law firms and industry experts to plead for them. Unless they have extra thousands, regular citizens must use the judicial right to represent themselves (without counsel) and, unless they hire technical experts, rely on records in the case or elsewhere to make their observations. Because of her great familiarity intervening in CHC in Wisconsin, this is the path Ms. Klopp has taken in Iowa. Here are some of samples of her observations: Iowa rates increasing fast (p15); transmission builder’s profits (p17); CO2 emissions on order of 2%-4% (p29) Dubuque County Iowa Requests for ratepayers (p7) and lack of cost benefit analysis for Iowa electric customers (p18)

    What Obstacles Have Utilities Laid?

    The four citizen intervenors are alone against large sums being spent to silence them. In the months leading up to the crucial public hearings December 10-12 in Dubuque, Ms. Klopp has faced round after round of legal filings seeking to strike her testimony and block her participation. She has endured repeated attempts to invade her personal life. Even though Ms. Klopp has studied the CHC case for nearly two years, holds a degree in Chemistry and has decades of experience at the Wisconsin DNR, Ms. Klopp has been routinely called down by law firms and lobbyists for clean energy groups as “lack[ing] training, education, or experience;” and making “misleading statements.” CHC agents are encouraging state regulators to strike her words from the record and “reject her position as unreasonable.”[2,3]

    So far, while caring for family members with special needs at the same time, Ms. Klopp has managed to defend her rights from this barrage. The grind will continues through the holiday season without respite.

    What Motivates Citizen Intervenors?

    Like the majority of families living in rural settings, Ms. Klopp and fellow citizen intervenors Mike Deutmeyer, Linda Grice and Dena Kurt are protecting everything: their homes, farms and the natural assets they steward. Before and after assessments show that property affected by 345 kV transmission lines can lose from 15-75% value.[4] But even greater than devastating financial loss, they know from the experiences of others that once the towering, ever-present reminder is built, it forces people to abandon their homes, their purpose and their pride.

    But that is not her strongest motivation. Ms. Klopp, who is also on the SOUL Board, recounted this summer that, personally, she could not allow the Cardinal Hickory Creek proposal that should have been defeated in Wisconsin earlier this year to breeze through Iowa regulatory review without constructive public discussion about the right energy path going forward. She observed that if engineering staff of Public Service Commission of Wisconsin was strong enough to stand up for truth and state that CHC was unlikely to meet transmission builders’ promises and to recommend much less expensive transmission system upgrades, she could too. Ms. Klopp filed to join the three citizen intervenors, bringing in her awareness, experience and skills.

    An Injury to One is an Injury to All

    Increasingly, citizens, land keepers, environmentalists, neighborhoods and communities across the county are being encroached upon by outside developers seeking to extract local resources for their personal gain. In some respects, the fight for the right of access to lunch counters, busses and elite clubs has climbed to higher order places where state law, agencies and courts are consistently swayed by those who yield more money and legal fire power. Monied interests are increasingly bold in their affronts because they are entirely unafraid to see matters, small and large, end up in court.

    Despite the historical, popular opposition to CHC in Wisconsin that included hundreds of thousands of dollars of (mostly pro bono) legal commitment and the best experts in the US, PSC Com-missioners simply stood behind their association with monied interests and thumbed their noses at what was in the best interests of all. When challenged for having conflicted interests, Com-missioner Huebsch, who cannot propose transmission lines on his own, threatened the public in attendance, “And if you believe that this transmission line that we put up is the last you are going to have to deal with, you are wrong.”

    Through history, it has been self-betterment, education and the will to solve problems as communities that has forged what is dearest to all. The ability to solve problems, through the bonds of friendships, families, neighbors and nations gives us grace and peace.

    Developers with less generous interests are far less inclined to proceed when encountering persons like Chris Klopp and every community possesses such individuals. Consciously recognizing this ability in ourselves and those we depend on may be one of the most important things we can do.

    Consider carpooling to Dubuque during the hearings December 10-12 and showing your support. Directions to Hotel Julien: https://goo.gl/maps/gwk1jJazb6n9G6XK9

    NOTES
    1. Klopp Reply Testimony, https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=277152
    Klopp Response to Motion to Strike Testimony, https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=279403
    Klopp Prehearing Brief, https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=280177
    2. Motion to Strike Chris Klopp Reply Testimony and Exhibits, https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=277864
    Resistance in Opposition to Chris Klopp’s Petition to Intervene, https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=273996
    Klopp Response to Motion To Strike https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=279403
    3. Quotes, in order:
    ITC/DPC Prehearing Brief p.12 https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=280124
    Clean Energy Intervenors Prehearing Brief p.15, https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=280117
    4. Valuation Guidelines for Properties with Electric Transmission Lines, By: Kurt C. Kielisch, http://fieldpost.org/StarkEnergy/Studies/Valuation%20Guidelines%20for%20Properties%20with%20Electric%20Transmission%20Lines%201.pdf

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    posted:  November 15, 2019
    Action alerts, Law, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Seneca Anti-Wind Union

    Please write a letter of support for Ohio House Bill 401 (Reineke Referendum)

    The major provision of HB401 allows local voters in individual townships to vote on industrial wind turbine projects which have been ap-proved by the Ohio Power Siting Board for the areas in which these local voters live. Currently, there is no local vote allowed by Ohio law. There is no local control. The bill also requires the use of safety manuals to determine safe setbacks.

    The opposition pushback against local control is fierce. We must let those we elect to represent our interests clearly understand that local control of wind projects by affected township voters is critically important. Affected residents must be given a vote to approve or deny a project for their town-ship.

    The Energy and Natural Resources Commit-tee will hold a proponent hearing for HB401 on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 11 AM

    Your letter of support can be emailed to Chairman Nino Vitale, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the committee clerk, Naomi del Guidice, at: Rep85@ohiohouse.gov

    Also copy Representative Bill Reineke at: Rep88@ohiohouse.gov

    Send your letter soon!
    It should arrive by Monday morning, Nov. 18.
    Please include your name, address, and phone number.

    Letters may be short and need not contain technical information or expert opinion. Your thoughts and opinions in your own words are best. Points to consider:

    Please make your voices heard!

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    posted:  November 9, 2019
    Fundraisers, Law, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Seneca Anti-Wind Union; Erie-Huron Anti Wind

    Spaghetti Dinner

    Spaghetti Dinner
    Saturday, Nov. 9th, 5:00–8:00 PM
    Bellevue VFW, 6104 Hwy 20
    $8 for adults and $4 for children

    2019 Sportman’s Raffle
    Numerous other great raffles from area vendors

    Benefits fund legal counsel to oppose Republic Wind
    Seneca Anti-Wind Union
    Erie-Huron Anti Wind

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    posted:  October 15, 2019
    France, Impacts, PublicationsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Fabien Bouglé

    Eoliennes : la face noire de la transition écologique

    Elles sont partout, incarnant le symbole de la transition écologique : sur les sites internet institutionnels, dans les livres scolaires, les publicités, les films, les médias… Les éoliennes ont envahi les campagnes et les littoraux et sont devenues dans le monde entier, par une propagande systématique, le symbole de l’écologie et de la lutte pour le climat.

    Et pourtant, derrière cette image verte… Pollution, émissions de CO2, atteintes à la santé et à la biodiversité, détournement de fonds publics, augmentation du prix de l’électricité, conflits d’intérêt, mafia : découvrez ce que le lobby du vent vous cache sur les éoliennes.

    Acheter un livre.

    Fabien Bouglé est depuis dix ans expert de l’éolien et auteur de nombreuses études et tribunes alertant sur le sujet. Chef d’entreprise dans le secteur financier et culturel, il est également élu municipal.

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    posted:  September 8, 2019
    Aesthetics, France, Impacts, ProtestsPrint storyE-mail story

    Manifestation a Chartres contre les éoliennes

    Malgré l’opposition croissante des habitants, des élus, des défenseurs de l’environnement et des acteurs du tourisme, les territoires, paysages et économies locales de la Région Centre Val de Loire sont plus que jamais menacés par les prédateurs financiers de l’éolien.

    Même le site emblématique de la Cathédrale de Chartres, premier site classé au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité par l’UNESCO, est menacé d’encerclement par des éoliennes industrielles.

    L’apport énergétique des éoliennes est pourtant inutile (1), ruineux, dévastateur, nocif pour l’environnement et le climat (2).

    Nous devons tous protester contre ce massacre inutile et national.

    RENDEZ VOUS PLACE DES EPARS, CHARTRES CENTRE VILLE, EURE ET LOIR 28

    Pique-nique à 13 h dans le jardin public municipal de l’Evêché

    Accès piéton depuis la gare de Chartres, Parking Cœur de ville ou Place des Epars

    Contact (association organisatrice) APNE : 06 11 73 93 43, https://apne.fr

    (1) Les 8 000 éoliennes installées en France, qui ont coûté 40 milliards d’euros au contribuable, ne produisent que 1,5 % de l’énergie consommée sous forme d’électricité intermittente et aléatoire inapte à apporter le service électrique attendu par le consommateur et les acteurs économiques

    (2) Le 26 août 2019 à 10 heures, la totalité des éoliennes ne produisait que 1 % de l’électricité (0,25 % de l’énergie consommée) les centrales à gaz émettrices de CO2 prenant massivement le relai.

    La manifestation est organisée par sept associations de protection de l’environnement d’Eure et Loir:
    Association de défense de l’environnement des riverains de la Thironne, ADERT
    Association Perche Nature et Environnement, APNE
    Association pour la préservation des paysages des sites et du patrimoine
    Don Quichotte
    Non au Projet Eolien à Montharville
    Protection des Paysages et de l’Environnement entre Beauce et Perche
    Paysages Perches et Dunois …

    avec le parrainage national de :
    Fédération de l’Environnement Durable
    Vent de Colère, Fédération nationale
    Sites et Monuments (SPPEF)
    Collectif Energie et Vérité

    Ces associations sont révoltées par le mépris dont sont victimes les territoires et leurs habitants déjà malmenés par une politique dont ils sont les grands oubliés et à laquelle ils paient un lourd tribut.

    Alors que 40 milliards d’euros d’argent public ont été dépensés en France pour implanter 8 000 éoliennes au détriment de la population, ces machines ne produisent par intermittence que 1,5 % de l’énergie consommée, sans assurer le service électrique au consommateur et aux acteurs de l’économie. Les mêmes sommes investies dans les économies d’énergie (isolation de l’habitat, pompes à chaleur, circuits courts de transport) auraient permis des performances énergétiques sans commune mesure et créé partout des emplois.

    Le soutien massif de la filière éolienne par l’Etat organise en réalité le pillage des territoires par une centaine de prédateurs financiers faisant fortune, défiscalisés à l’étranger et dont la principale arme est le mensonge. Leurs rentabilités, qui peuvent atteindre 300 fois la rémunération du livret A, démontrent l’intolérable corruption de l’Etat à défendre l’intérêt général.

    Biodiversité fragilisée, effet indirect d’émission de gaz à effet de serre, santé menacée, patrimoine commun et individuel sacrifiés !; Les préjudices sanitaires, sociaux ou économiques infligés aux habitants ne se comptent plus. Les Français n’acceptent plus de vivre à proximité de machines inutiles de la hauteur de Tour Montparnasse pour l’enrichissement extorqué par l’insupportable lobbying de quelques-uns et totalement injuste.

    En organisant le samedi 21 septembre 2019 une manifestation à Chartres, site français emblématique menacé par des éoliennes et premier classé au patrimoine mondial de l’Humanité, qu’en réalité aucune loi française ne protège, les associations veulent rappeler à l’Etat ses devoirs de faire respecter l’intérêt général qui se noue dans les territoires : beauté des sites et paysages, liens culturels et historiques, vie sociale reliant les générations, valorisation de l’environnement par le travail, développement économique et touristique d’un patrimoine national reconnu comme un des plus attrayants du monde.

    Les fédérations nationales et les associations régionales organisatrices de la manifestation attendent votre participation active et s’adressent à vous, élus et citoyens, pour donner un retentissement national à cette protestation.

    Le parcours sera le suivant :

    télécharger le tract

    Contact presse:
    Arnaud Casalis
    06 11 73 93 43
    arnaud.casalis@wanadoo.fr

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