Wind Power News: October 2005
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Apparently, the enjoyment of million year-old mountain ranges is an indulgence for the airy-fairy crowd, whereas the "necessity" of cyber-porn and bug zappers and floodlit lawn ornaments is a problem to be engaged by serious people. Complete story »
I would like to think that the eagle was staking out its territory and, symbolically, making a statement, to wit: 'Don't tread on me!' Complete story »
Environmentalists fought against oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fearing it would spoil one of the last pristine places and that the rigs and access roads would hurt caribou. These are very close to the arguments against filling places like the Flint Hills with turbines. Complete story »
Don’t be fooled by wind power’s ‘green’ image Environmentalists urge farmers and ranchers in windy regions to let energy companies build rows of huge turbines for feeding our nation’s electricity demands. The environmentalists argue that clean wind power will boost rural economies as well as reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. But some residents in areas targeted for wind “farms” fear that new high-tension lines and access roads crisscrossing prairie will destroy its spacious character and threaten finicky and increasingly rare grassland birds. . . . Complete story »
Glenn Schleede's letter to the Editor of Time Magazine regarding its article "War of the Winds" appearing in Time's Oct 31, 2005 edition.
This article is available in 'documents'. Complete story »
Dear Editor: The article, War of the Winds by Kher and Hequet (appearing in Time Bonus Section November 2005: Global Business / Energy) is useful in that it admits a few of the reasons why so-called ‘wind farms’ are being so strenuously opposed in many areas of the US and other Countries. However, the article is factually incorrect and grossly inadequate in three respects: First, the authors’ assertion that wind energy ‘makes economic sense’ is FALSE. ‘Wind farms’ are being . . . Complete story »
That windmills retain a mystical popularity among its Northwest supporters, is truly a triumph of hope over substance, not to mention unawareness of hidden costs and poor performance data. There is a huge amount of information now available regarding wind energy from around the United States and Europe. It’s not good news. Complete story »
ELLENBURG – Conflict of interest is a wind-farm outcry gaining power here. “We have a board member who has signed leases” for wind-turbine easements, said Ellenburg Town Councilor Hilda Danforth. “Our Zoning Board of Appeals – three out of four members have signed leases.” Issue raised at meeting She brought up the issue at a Town Council session last week, when the board voted 4 to 1 not to extend the soon-to-expire wind-energy moratorium and set a public hearing on a local . . . Complete story »
But that is precisely where the debate begins. Do large wind power facilities actually reduce the effects of fossil fuel use? Opponents look at the evidence -- instead of the industry's sales material -- and find that they do not. Therefore even the most downplayed impact is not justified. Complete story »
"It's important that people realize the scope of them, the number and the size," (Gov.) Douglas said. "We need to slow down. This is a very important decision." Complete story »