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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.

July 31, 2023 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Skye is the limit, so please save our island from more giant wind turbines

Sir, – My name is Richard Whatley, I am a self-employed joiner born and bred in Edinbane, Skye. I would like to express my objection to the Ben Aketil windfarm repowering for the following reasons: Negative visual impact: Crazy to have 200-metre turbines anywhere in Scotland or the Highlands, let alone Skye, one of the most beautifuI islands in the world that Is our home. Why not repower them to the same size as is already there? Please don’t allow . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2023 • Letters, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind farms are defiling the UK’s timeless beauty

Wind turbines (windmills) were adopted without pilot studies and against the advice of Sir David Mackay, Cambridge University’s engineering professor. They were marketed as Green. They have been foisted on us, defiling our land, damaging its timeless beauty and impairing tourism. Considering their foreign manufacture demanding steel, water, concrete and energy in vast amounts, their transport, installation, servicing, lubricating oil use and demolition, they are anything but Green. The non-recyclable blades demand landfill. They kill avian wildlife and damage human . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2023 • Alberta, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms are not the gem they make them out to be

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Village of Donnelly, Town of Falher, Village of Girouxville, M.D. of Smoky River, Village of Nampa, Town of McLennan, Central Peace – Notley MLA Todd Loewen, and Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen, and other parties, and published with permission from the authors. RE: Wind farms to supply 65,000 homes with electricity There are five communities that have been severely impacted in Ontario as a result of the wind turbine . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2023 • Arkansas, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

What about habitat damage?

On April 6, 2023, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission produced documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, which sought information related to Scout Energy’s Nimbus Wind Farm Project. Being good public servants, the AG&F adhered to the Arkansas Sunshine Law and shed light on what has been a seemingly opaque endeavor thus far. The following excerpt from a Scout Energy–Fish&Wildlife Service (FWS) meeting on September 27, 2018, is illuminative, and somewhat surprising: “All signed leases are . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2023 • Letters, SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Refus de sacrifier notre région

Comme de nombreux habitants, j’ai reçu la propagande pro éolienne de Suisse Eole. J’ai entendu sa présidente justifiant ce tout-ménage par le besoin d’informer les populations concernées par la planification cantonale. Cette pseudo-information décrit l’éolien comme la solution miracle à nos problèmes d’approvisionnement en électricité. Elle énumère ses avantages en passant comme chat sur braise sur tous ses graves aspects négatifs. Le pire, c’est la caution officielle donnée à cette action par un cadre de l’Office fédéral de l’énergie (OFEN). . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2023 • Letters, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Take’ authorizations prove NOAA is lying about whale deaths

The marine science community knows this much for certain: The high-resolution geophysical (HRG) surveys used to site offshore wind turbines and transmission cabling causes harm and mortality to marine mammals. They know the intense noise of pounding thousands of monopiles deep into the seabed, along with an exponential increase of vessel traffic during construction and for maintenance afterwards will do the same—disturb, injure, and kill marine life. Here’s the proof: As of mid-March 2023, NOAA Fisheries has handed out 15 . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2023 • Letters, South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Letter to Environment for the Americas

We are pleased to announce that the 2023 World Migratory Bird Day campaign will focus on the topic of water and its importance for migratory birds. Water is fundamental to life on our planet. The vast majority of migratory birds rely on aquatic ecosystems during their life cycles. Inland and coastal wetlands, rivers, lakes, streams, marshes, and ponds are all vital for feeding, drinking, or nesting, and also as places to rest and refuel during their long journeys. Unfortunately, aquatic . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2023 • Letters, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Climate is less an energy problem than an ecological problem

As an environmental journalist, I am watching the Shaftsbury Solar discussion with great interest. One concern is that the discussion is often framed as people who care about climate change (those favoring solar projects) vs. those more worried about their own assets (e.g., natural vistas) when the reality is more complex. It must be said: We are not going to solar panel our way out of the climate crisis. Somehow climate change has been defined as an energy problem – a . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2023 • Letters, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm utility causing onshore problems

New England has regional noise/vibration problems since the Block Island Wind Farm started. Indeed, one could note, regional wind turbines no longer typify “green energy.” In addition to air storage batteries being secretly installed on Beavertail in Jamestown to facilitate retention of unpredictable wind power, the regional power grid has been secretly raised to a higher power level to capture more irregular wind power for investors. However, that higher grid power has caused widespread environmental pressure, including water and sewer . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2022 • Letters, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

“Nej till ny vindkraft i Hultsfred ligger fast”

[The impact on the environment, people and animals is unclear, the power generation lacks the stability and security of supply we need for a safe electricity supply and a reasonable price, ownership is often short-term and the responsibility and the cost of restoration at the end of the service life risk ultimately falls on the municipality and its inhabitants.] Den inställning som från början främst grundade sig i de signaler vi fick från de berörda människor vi möter i olika . . . Complete story »

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