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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.


January 13, 2020 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Andrea Horwath’s NDP putting political opportunism ahead of environment with Nation Rise spin?

Here’s an open letter to Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and her party’s energy critic, Ian Arthurs. Ian, Andrea, I have talked to NDP MPPs as well as sending multiple information updates to your party pointing out the gaps, omissions, negative implications of the Nation Rise Wind project, other Ontario IWT projects and worldwide IWT updates. Now, following the revoking of the Nation Rise Wind project license, Ian, you are quoted as stating that the decision is “not supported by . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2020 • Letters, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hasty shift to renewable energy will lead to grid collapse

In his Dec. 27 letter (“Federal fossil-fuel subsidies hurt renewables, drive up our electric bills”) the Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel accuses the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of making a “shameful giveaway” to oil, coal and gas interests to the detriment of all others. FERC is obligated to assure primarily a reliable electric power grid. Low costs are important, but “cheap” electricity becomes extremely costly when the grid blacks out. And grid collapse is assured under the “100% renewables by 2035” . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2020 • Delaware, Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Reject the wind farm; let Maryland deal with the issue if it benefits them

The proposed Skipjack Wind Turbine project planned for Fenwick Island should be rejected. The wind turbines will spoil the current pristine views from the Delaware shoreline. Since these 850-foot monstrosities will be built only 17 miles from the coast, a substantial – over 400 feet – portion will be visible from the beach. Secondly, although only 10-15 wind turbines will be constructed initially, it is safe to assume that more will be built, since it was noted a year or so ago . . . Complete story »


January 3, 2020 • Delaware, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Money from wind farm is not free money to improve state park

In response to the writer who thought the $18 million offered was free money: The offer that Orsted made to DNREC is not free money. It is a bribe in order to use state parkland to build an industrial electric substation on land that DNREC is supposed to protect. Are we supposed to look the other way and pretend that there won’t be any environmental impacts? The area that will house this beautiful substation is on the shore of the . . . Complete story »


December 28, 2019 • Letters, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Rural residents need to be heard in green energy debate

The Buffalo News’ editorial, “The climate challenge,” admits local “concerns should be heard,” admonishes climate deniers, and then proclaims full speed ahead on large scale wind and solar projects across the state. Its tone reflects a problem that goes beyond this editorial. Rural residents are being labeled as fossil-fuel-funded climate deniers, which conveniently dismisses us as misinformed, resisting change and uncaring about the environment. Our concerns bring rolled eyes and shrugged shoulders from developers, environmental groups and the media. The . . . Complete story »


December 27, 2019 • Letters, OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Energy Siting Council is not looking out for public, natural resources

I just attended the Energy Facility Siting Council meeting in Pendleton. Following is what I learned: 1. The Oregon Department of Energy and the Energy Facility Siting Council are restoring the amendment rules that the Oregon Supreme Court determined were illegal. They allowed the public to comment but are not going to act on those comments until 2022. That means the public will have no opportunity to object to their decisions for three years. 2. ODOE and EFSC used the . . . Complete story »


December 27, 2019 • Letters, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy has tax implications

Senator McCollister recently wrote about the seriousness of climate change (“Getting serious about being green,” Nov. 20). Whether or not you choose to believe the claims he made on the subject, you should think about this: The senator intends to increase the amount of mandated renewables here in Nebraska. Before deciding to support such a mandate, Nebraskans should educate themselves about the impact to human health, effects on real estate values, impact on electric rates and environmental impact due to . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm pitch changes nothing

The DeWitt County wind farm proposal is still the same thing in the same place, within the ‘mitigation zone’ of NWS Doppler radar. Why not call it “The White Tornado”? Revising this, 92 out of 118 non-participants will have increased shadow flicker. David Loomis, their “expert,” likes all of the benefits of importing wind energy. This will create GDP somewhere. For Denmark, China, and many places, this offers tremendous opportunity. Their study does not analyze net jobs. It analyzes the . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2019 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Elected officials should step up against wind farms

Wind turbines are destroying the serenity of our countryside. People no longer enjoy DeKalb County as it once was. Some property owners there have 10 wind turbines on their property, which amounts to a lucrative annual income. Buchanan County residents are now facing what DeKalb residents faced. And they lost. So will Buchannan County. And we in Clinton county are next. I think Buchanan county residents soon will be looking at wind turbines. The Buchanan County Commission has the ultimate . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2019 • Kansas, Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Allowing eminent domain is an unjust law

How you feel about wind energy isn’t as important as the issue of eminent domain. The argument of increased tax base is false. Since the company is a for-profit company, the tax burden will be passed on to consumers and the profits will follow the company. It will probably not be a local contractor to install the line and unlikely have few if any subcontractors. How does this help the local economy? Higher utility rates due to hidden taxes and . . . Complete story »


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