There are two scary new bills being introduced at the State House – House Bill 5953, introduced by Representatives Carnevale, DeSimone, Ruggiero, Handy and O’Brien, along with Senate bill S-815 (which will be heard on April 24th) introduced by Senator Louis DePalma.
Essentially, anyone with a farm will be entitled to install wind turbines, with virtually no setback, and this will pre-empt any local zoning. So beautiful vistas in places like Portsmouth and Jamestown will be up for grabs, and there will be no consideration of the effect on the historic beauty of the area or impact on people’s real estate use or resale values.
I would suggest that you take a look at these bills and consider attending the hearing. The “green energy” gravy train is alive and well in RI even though most other heavily populated areas have seen and agreed to the pitfalls of wind energy.
Consider the recent fiasco in Falmouth MA – In April, 2011, Wind 1 went online near Falmouth, MA’s waste plant. The 262 feet tall structure – 10 feet taller than the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown – has blades that extend almost 400 feet, which is about half the height of the John Hancock Building in Boston, reported WGBH-TV. Complaints started almost immediately.
Wind 2 is ready to go online but the town said ‘enough is enough.’ The 262-foot eyesores have created a storm of protests from residents, many of whom blame numerous health problems on the turbine already in use. The blades’ low frequency vibrations permeate every structure within several miles, making sleep impossible. Worse, contrary to the promise of Gov. Deval Patrick and the far-left state legislature, the cost per kilowatt-hour is four times that of commercial natural gas, which creates 50% of the state’s electricity.
So the town government just voted unanimously to stop Wind 1, take-down Wind 2, and cancel Wind 3. The cost of taking down 1 and 2 will be approximately $5M per windmill. No estimate yet on canceling the contract to put-up Wind 3.
You may want to read the entire Falmouth story at http://mjoecool.wordpress.com/the-falmouth-experience-life-under-the-bladespartex/
And… we still have EBEC lurking in the background ready to pounce as soon as they can.
It’s up to us to hold the politicians who introduce these bogus “green energy” bills accountable. Vote them out!