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Wind Power News: Editorials


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.

November 29, 2017 • Editorials, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Swanton Wind’s lesson: If you want change, get involved

The developers of the Swanton wind project this week pulled their proposal from consideration by the Public Utility Commission, eliciting waves of relief from those opposed, in particular those who lived in close proximity to the proposed 500-foot turbines. The developers withdrew because of the uncertainty of the state’s permitting process, and questions as to whether federal subsidies would continue at current levels. A spokesman for the developers – Travis and Ashley Belisle – said: “Here in Vermont, the project . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2017 • Editorials, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine woes won’t be forgotten

Kathleen Wynne may have hoped rural Ontario’s long-held discontent with the Green Energy Plan would be forgotten by the June 2018 provincial election. But that’s not about to happen as the remnants of that multibillion-dollar campaign, and its varied controversies, continue to be revealed. Complete story »

November 20, 2017 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Unsustainable model: Carbon tax would make state less competitive for businesses

An environmental advocacy group is proposing a carbon tax in New York to generate revenue to invest in renewable energy. NY Renews is a coalition of organizations committed to reducing threats to the planet resulting from climate change. Its members include Syracuse United Neighbors and CNY Solidarity Climate Justice. Coalition members referenced a study conducted by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It reports that New York must invest between $4 billion and $5.5 . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2017 • Editorials, News, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Big Wind and Tax Reform

Conservatives make fun of indulgent liberal parents whose offspring remain dependents well into their 20s. But Republicans rewriting the tax code in Washington are coddling a millennial of their own: the wind lobby. In the 1980s wind power was dubbed an “infant industry” that needed federal help to grow. More than three decades and tens of billions of dollars in subsidies later, the business of making electricity from spinning turbines remains inefficient and heavily dependent on federal aid—i.e., the American . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2017 • Australia, EditorialsPrint storyE-mail story

Battlefield no site for wind farm

Almost a century after the gunfire ceased on the Western Front, the people of France and Belgium have remained wholehearted in honouring the memories of the “Australian men who came from the bottom of the world to fight and who died here”, as a teacher at L’Ecole Victoria (the Victoria School) in the village of Villers-Bretonneux put it last year. It is no surprise, then, that many citizens of Bullecourt in northern France are as incensed as Australians by the . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2017 • Australia, EditorialsPrint storyE-mail story

Coronial inquiry will address unanswered questions over Currandooley fire

The grass may be growing back around Tarago and Mount Fairy, but looks can be deceptive. The devastating January 17 Currandooley fire destroyed valuable pasture, core breeding stock, structures and livelihoods. Tim De Mestre’s Merigan property was one of the most heavily affected when fire tore through most of his 950-acre holding, destroyed windbreaks, 30km of fencing and injuring stock. Thankfully, the homestead was saved. Almost 10 months on, Mr De Mestre told the Post the farm had been slow . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2017 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Taxing turbines: County residents shouldn’t subsidize industrial wind projects

Intervention of the state in the ability of local government to set tax rates would be the ultimate unfunded mandate. Such a state requirement would force local taxpayers to hand over a third financial windfall to developers who already receive federal and state payoffs. And for that gift to the privileged developer, the taxpayer would only see in return wind turbines dotting the landscape, the potential loss of Fort Drum — which is the economic life blood of the region — and a tiny handful of permanent jobs. Jefferson County has apparently stuck a needle into the aspirations of the developers with its tax policy. That courage should never be allowed to be negated by the state. Thankfully, the chief lawyer for the PSC seems to agree. Complete story »

October 28, 2017 • Editorials, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Sound rulings for wind backed; that’s a good thing

Vermonters concerned about the proximity of wind turbines to population centers received a victory Thursday when the legislature’s rules committee voted 5-2 in favor of sound levels that approximate life in a “quiet rural area.” It was a good ruling, and one that confirmed the legislative committee’s purpose, which is to judge as to whether a proposed ruling is arbitrary. The sound standard – 39 decibels by day, and 42 decibels at night – was proposed by the Public Utility . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2017 • Editorials, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Minnesota shows flaws of “clean power” mandates

Rather than allow market forces to reign in electricity production, many green-power advocates instead support government mandates that force consumers to shift from traditional power sources to those that are supposedly better for the earth. The result of such command-and-control efforts in Minnesota should be a warning for other states. In a recent report, the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative think tank in Minnesota, examined the outcomes experienced there when lawmakers mandated greater use of wind power. “This . . . Complete story »

October 17, 2017 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Honest critiques: Wind project opponents reflect sentiments in the community

During a legal process known as voir dire, lawyers seek to select just the right individuals to serve on a jury. Prosecutors and defense attorneys ask prospective jurors questions about themselves. The lawyers are looking for warning signs that members of a jury pool may not benefit their goals in a trial. In broad terms, this is an attempt by the opposing sides to craft a jury more favorable to their purpose. This give and take is designed to produce . . . Complete story »

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