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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.

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 »

April 27, 2019 • Editorials, MainePrint storyE-mail story

No town is an island

There’s a growing resistance to wind farms in the town of Otis. Nor is Otis alone. The phenomenon might be dismissed as garden variety NIMBY, but that would be a mistake. Unlike subdivisions, filling stations or rental units, the impact of wind turbines does not stop at the town line. Visible for miles in all directions, wind turbines are not solely the business of the host town. “It is too bad each town acts independently when one can affect the . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2019 • Editorials, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers should pull plug on this power play

Backers of the Clean Line Energy project have plenty of things going for them. You might even say the wind is at their backs. Investors poured more than $100 million into the ambitious private development to carry wind energy from the Great Plains to the nation’s population centers. In Missouri, former Gov. Jay Nixon provided legal counsel for the company’s Grain Belt Express project, which would bring high-powered transmission lines across Buchanan County and other parts of northern Missouri. What . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2019 • Editorials, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Blowin’ no more

Information that will be shelved by the mainstream Democrat liberal media is that in rural Iowa where the wind sweeps across the prairie three massive 450-foot high wind turbines are being torn down because their constant noise disrupted the townspeople. Cost to remove each turbine is $150,000. Plaintiffs in the case in Fairbank, Iowa, about 35 miles from Waterloo and 50 miles from Cedar Rapids, are homeowners who lived next to the wind turbine site and successfully argued, said the . . . Complete story »

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