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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
We were glad to see Oklahoma lawmakers discussing a topic of vital importance to Enid and Vance Air Force Base. Several speakers, from the military, to wind industry, to landowners, were at the state Capitol on Tuesday to discuss placement of wind turbines and the need to protect vital air space for Oklahoma’s Air Force bases, mainly Vance and Altus. Currently, it’s up to the federal government to decide whether wind turbine construction could adversely affect the military, but state . . .
These proposals do little to promote job growth, and that’s the best reason to demand they provide full taxation. Developers need to think about this carefully before they come here with hat in hand.
A California-based energy company has proposed building between 150 and 200 industrial wind turbines in Hughes County to produce and sell electricity. These turbines will stand between 400 and 500 feet high and generate some tax revenue, as well as lease payments to local landowners, many of whom are farmers and ranchers. The extra money sounds great, but there are hidden costs to everything. In this case, as in many other wind-farm proposals, neighbors are beginning to turn on one . . .
The long-running saga of a Blueskin Bay wind farm is riven with disappointment. What began with good intentions and hoped-for environmental benefits has turned sour. Turbines on Porteous Hill have been opposed by many, and the Environment Court has agreed the latest proposal, for a single turbine, would be in a “highly memorable” place and would have significant adverse effects on landscape and visual effects and the value of existing amenities. The Environment Court upheld the Dunedin City Council planning . . .
State officials must stop the eight wind projects under consideration that impact Fort Drum’s operational and mission readiness. Legislators will look for reasons to downgrade the importance of posts that appear vulnerable, and we shouldn’t give them a rationale for closing one that adds $1.2 billion annually to the north country’s economy.
Wind turbines do not provide jobs. Developers do not want to pay the same share of taxes imposed upon homeowners, farmers or business operators. Instead, they will co-opt local industrial development agencies by paying massive, one-time fees that benefit no one except to perpetuate the staff and advisers of these agencies.
A series of highly critical reports from the province’s Auditor General on the government’s green energy program have led many beleaguered taxpayers to conclude wind turbines and solar panels don’t run on wind and the sun so much as on public subsidies, and only for as long as the subsidies last.
There’s no denying it’s windy in South Dakota, but South Dakotans are denying wind turbines. As Davison County wind farm opponents await a setback proposal from the county’s Planning Commission, Lincoln County voters last week upheld a requirement that all turbines must be placed at least a half-mile from all habitable dwellings. Lincoln County’s vote comes one year after the Letcher Township established a one-mile setback, and 11 months after 47 people signed a statement to the S.D. Public Utilities . . .