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Wind Power News: Opinions


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

September 21, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Solano Voices: SMUD decision a slap in the face

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District wind turbine project outside Travis Air Force Base is a real slap in the face to Solano County residents and puts the base at risk of closure. (See DR article, Aug. 27, 2021.) For 20 years, I have watched as each wind turbine project was added to the skyline in the name of renewable energy. We are well into the second generation of turbines on these sites and sadly no one is looking at the . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2021 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Are windmills worth the price that come with them?

I fear an ill wind is blowing. Maybe wind is indeed the clean-energy cure-all of the future, as climate-change activists claim. Maybe windmills will eventually help wean us from fossil fuels and save the environment. But in the short term they may ruin it. Former Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, one of the most pro-environment politicians in modern history, adamantly opposes windmills. He supports alternative clean-air initiatives, including nuclear energy. I agree. As a life-long outdoorsman and environmentalist, I don’t like . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Scorched earth – part 3: ‘We are the land’

One of California’s best-kept dirty secrets is its trail of tears. While rewriting United States history, California’s history seems to leave gaps in its own history. In 1859, the Pit River Nation, once 11 different tribes, were forced to march to the Round Valley Reservation for their own “protection” during winter. Driven from their homes and ancestral lands since time and immemorial, the tribe members waded through deep snow to make night camp at Bunchgrass or Hatchet Mountain, a sacred . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2021 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Town recognized its mistake, now it’s up to the state

I was a member of Town Meeting when we voted to put a wind turbine at our municipal sewage treatment plant to generate electricity. Experts told us it was cost efficient to locate an electric power source next to the biggest user of municipal electricity. Other experts told Town Meeting that the proposed turbine would generate noise comparable to a running brook at the bottom of a meadow. Proponents of the turbine organized an off-Cape field trip for us to . . . Complete story »

August 15, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind is not the answer

The plan to construct a wind farm offshore of Morro Bay is based on a whole lot of hope and not much credibility. It all looks good on paper but there are many faults and drawbacks. Starting with the construction issues, construction will take some considerable time and that means many construction workers will move to the area and contribute to the declining economy from the possible closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant. However, this will not continue after construction. . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2021 • Connecticut, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Pending DEEP decisions could change New London’s waterfront forever

Leadership in the bureaucracy of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is on the brink of important decisions in two separate environmental applications, projects that together could change the look and use of New London’s deepwater port for generations. The first is a request that DEEP put a temporary stay on its plans to issue a permit to allow a remaking of State Pier for wind turbine assembly, so that an appeal of the permit decision could be . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2021 • Connecticut, Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

The Block Island wind farm has largely shut down

Folks on Block Island have become accustomed to showing off their five-turbine wind farm, which you can see from much of the small island, the giant blades usually tumbling around on the horizon. And Ørsted, the Danish multinational utility that bought the farm from the wind company established by Rhode Island political insiders, likes to use it as a showpiece, one of America’s first functioning offshore wind farms. And so I can understand why no one wants to talk about . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2021 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines: manmade wonder or blight?

Despite its high-tech wizardry, turbine design has two major drawbacks. First, they are ugly — at least when compared to a pristine rural landscape. A spinning turbine is an affront to the esthetic sensibilities of anyone who looks at one with other than an engineer’s eye. Worse, from an environmental standpoint, these things are killers. While there is little chance of danger to people, flying creatures have plenty to fear. Bats and birds are killed by the thousands across the world by wind turbines. Our efforts to make them silent make turbines efficient killers. Complete story »

August 5, 2021 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Swanson: Questions for Carlin remain on wind energy

Senator Jim Carlin is running for Senator Grassley’s seat. I spoke with Jim when he came to meet with Clay County’s Central Committee. For the last eight years I have networked with thousands of Iowans living within and near industrial wind installations and now industrial solar. Over and over rural communities, real farmers, have tried to fight off these complexes that cast blight onto neighboring homes and farms. Almost 300 communities across the US have successfully fought them off but . . . Complete story »

August 4, 2021 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The state tips its hand

Governor Phil Murphy has set a goal for 7500 megawatts of offshore wind-generated electricity by 2035. It is an ambitious goal. It is also a goal that leaves little time for the niceties of public engagement and dialogue. The state clearly showed that it has a plan, and it is going to implement it regardless of public acceptance. Two state actions this month make that abundantly clear. On July 24 Murphy signed into law a bill that removed municipal control . . . Complete story »

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