[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Carter to speak on mountaintop industrial wind power 

Credit:  Herald Gazette, knox.villagesoup.com 5 October 2010 ~~

Camden – On Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of Ragged Mountain will host a talk at the Camden Public Library by Jonathan Carter, director of the Forest Ecology Network.

Carter will speak on “The False Promises of Mountaintop Industrial Wind.” Carter is a well-known environmental advocate and former Green candidate for governor. He says in a press release, “I have been advocating for wind power for decades. I never thought I would see the day when I would be opposing wind power development. However, the current frantic rush to install industrial wind on every viable mountaintop is both shortsighted and ecologically damaging.”

The Friends of Ragged Mountain are particularly concerned about the prospect of wind turbines on Ragged Mountain in Camden.

In an article entitled “Mountaintop Industrial Wind Power Is Not ‘Green’,” Carter goes on to say, “In addition to the destruction of habitat, these massive wind machines, which moving at over 180 miles an hour, individually sweep an acre of space, broadcast high volume sounds which have literally driven people in Maine from their homes. It is not only audible sounds which cause a problem to people and wildlife, but probably more damaging are low frequency sound waves that are emitted from these industrial power plants. It is well documented that the low frequency sounds and shadow flicker caused by the turbines pose serious health risks. The neurological health problems have been labeled as Wind Turbine Syndrome (WTS). People experiencing WTS can exhibit elevated heart rates, memory problems, visual blurring, nausea, sleep disturbance, and chronic headaches.

“Some environmentalists have been drawn into believing that if you are not for covering the mountains of Maine with wind turbines, then you are acting against the unfolding disaster of climate change. Global warming is a catastrophic crisis, but the solution is not to destroy the pristine character of the Maine mountains. The industrial wind mountaintop frenzy sweeping across Maine is not tied to shutting down an oil or coal power plant. It is simply feeding our gluttonous consumption of more and more energy. It makes no sense to destroy our mountaintops to feed this appetite.

“There are better alternatives – the first being conservation. It is no secret that if the federal subsidies (as much as 60 percent of cost) being poured into industrial wind were invested instead into efficiency and conservation projects, the reductions in carbon emissions would dwarf those potentially created by mountaintop industrial wind. It would also create thousands more jobs for local communities.”

Carter’s talk is part of the library’s Green October speaker series. Other speakers in the series include Robert West of the Ocean Energy Institute on Tuesday, Oct. 12; historian Lee Webb on the history of energy in Maine on Tuesday, Oct, 19; Suzanne Pude, Community Wind Director of the Island Institute, on the Fox Islands Wind Project, on Tuesday, Oct. 26; and Glen Marquis, project development manager of Ocean Renewable Power Company, on its tidal power technology and recently-installed demonstration unit in Cobscook Bay, on Oct. 28. All of the speaker events begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Camden Public Library. A solar “power cube” provided by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilders will also be on display at the library for the month.

Source:  Herald Gazette, knox.villagesoup.com 5 October 2010

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky