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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 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.

November 7, 2019 • Editorials, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Tribune editorial: Wind projects encountering more hurdles

Getting proposed wind farms spinning in North Dakota isn’t as easy as in the past, and it’s likely to get more difficult. There are growing concerns about the projects, ranging from the impact on the viewshed to the noise created by the turbines. There were other issues raised last week during a Public Service Commission meeting on the Ruso Wind Project in Ward and McLean counties. The Tribune editorial board feels while they are valid issues, they won’t necessarily stop . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2019 • Editorials, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Unreasonable decision

As Canadians, we have rights and freedoms for which thousands of soldiers, who put the good of the country before their own wants and needs, fought and died. One of those freedoms was to have our day in court. To provide evidence and testimony to a judge and/or jury who would fairly evaluate that evidence and make a ruling. As Canadians, we should all be ashamed that Christine Burke, a well owner whose water was contaminated by pump-clogging sediment, has . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2019 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Cuomo’s green-power dreams are slamming upstate yet again

Gov. Andrew Cuomo just can’t seem to resist slamming Upstate simply to pander to the greens. The latest pain: His drive to build vast “wind farms” off Long Island will zing upstaters’ electric bills to the tune of more than $1 billion – and that’s just for the first round of subsidies. Credit the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin for uncovering this injustice in new filings by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which shows that subsidies for the . . . Complete story »

September 13, 2019 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Area’s profile appeals to wind developers

PORTLAND – Motorists driving along Route 20 are beginning to see lawn signs regarding a divisive issue that has become highly talked about in this town: the prospect of wind turbines. This is far from anything new to the north county region. Around 15 years ago, the towns of Westfield and Ripley were fairly united in a campaign against the windmills. Many bumper stickers and placards noted at the time, “Good idea. Bad location.” One of the reasons for the opposition . . . Complete story »

September 3, 2019 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Cuomo’s pricey wind-power gift to unions

New York electric rates are among the highest in the nation, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo is intent on making them higher still, not just by pushing renewable energy but by requiring cozy – possibly illegal – arrangements to benefit labor unions. “The Cuomo administration appears to have violated state law” by forcing developers of state-subsidized offshore wind-power plants to cut costly deals with construction unions, the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin reported last week. Under New York law, a project can’t require such . . . Complete story »

August 17, 2019 • Editorials, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial: Nebraska lawmakers should scrutinize the state’s conflict of interest laws

It’s uncertain what the final result will be from the legal wrangling over a proposed wind farm in the Nebraska Sand Hills. But one aspect of this issue ought to be certain: The Legislature next year should scrutinize and debate the proper way for state law to define conflicts of interest for public officials. In the wind farm case, a Nebraska District Court judge in July temporarily blocked two Cherry County Board members from voting on an application for the . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2019 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Any project that impacts Lake Erie should be studied

Whether it’s permanent or a mere speed bump, the Chautauqua County Legislature has done the right thing in passing a resolution stating the county’s opposition to wind turbines on Lake Erie. Erie County, N.Y., has already passed such a resolution while the Lake Erie Foundation has opposed construction of wind turbines off the lake’s shores in Cleveland. One can easily argue that wind power isn’t economical, particularly without government subsidies, or reliable, but the counties’ arguments are largely environmental. Chautauqua . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2019 • California, EditorialsPrint storyE-mail story

No, we shouldn’t pump desert groundwater near Joshua Tree to help store electricity

For years developers have tried to figure out how to repurpose Kaiser Steel’s former open-pit iron mine at Eagle Mountain in Riverside County. One idea: Use it as a massive landfill, a proposal that fortunately never came to fruition. The current owners of the site now want to convert it into an immense, $2.5-billion hydroelectric battery, using daytime power to pump water from a lower-elevation pit to a pit 1,400 feet farther up the mountain, then running the water downhill . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2019 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial — Questionable actions: Apex’s use of helicopter may have scared eagles off Galloo

It’s time for the state to say enough is enough. Apex has used misleading tactics to try to acquire the necessary permits and authority to construct its wind turbine project on Galloo. How much questionable behavior will state officials tolerate from this firm before pulling the plug? Apex seems determined to site its turbines by hook or by crook, so it’s up to the state to halt such antics immediately. Complete story »

May 16, 2019 • Editorials, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial: Voters blow back on windmills

Environmental activists and some Democratic elected officials are pushing for an immediate shutdown of Line 5, the pipeline that carries petroleum products across the Straits of Mackinac. Many, including Attorney General Dana Nessel, reject the solution crafted by former Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge, which operates the pipeline, to bury it in a tunnel deep below the lake bed. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who vowed to shut down Line 5 on the campaign trail, has softened her position since taking office . . . Complete story »

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