Wind Power News: Opinions
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.
Back in the 1960s, Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram conducted a research experiment whose results shocked the nation. Participants were told that they were taking on the role of ‘teacher’ in a study of methods to improve learning. An authority figure told the ‘teacher’ to administer increasingly powerful electric shocks to a ‘learner’ in the next room whenever a question was answered incorrectly. There actually were no shocks and the learner was part of the research team, but the ‘teacher’ . . .
While President Donald Trump wants to cut taxes, there are others who hope to raise them – by taxing carbon. The idea has long been supported by environmentalists and left-leaning groups, but recently it has found support among some establishment Republicans. The notion is that by taxing carbon, the country would use less, reducing our impact on climate change. However, there are a number of problems with the plan. There is no viable alternative to carbon-based fuels. The goal of a . . .
This week, the Vermont Public Service Board issued new noise standards for utility-scale wind projects in Vermont. Wind advocates slammed the rules as amounting to an effective ban on new wind farms. Opponents welcomed the guidelines as a step in the right direction, but they would prefer even tighter restrictions. The rules would impose a 42-decibel daytime noise limit and a 39-decibel limit at night. There would also be a setback requirement of 10 times the turbine’s height, meaning that . . .
Over 100 turbine-threatened municipalities have declared themselves “Not a willing host” to industrial wind factories. They want Wynne to restore their right to regulate local energy-related developments, which was taken away by the Liberals’ 2009 Green Energy Act. While taxpayers had to come up with $1 million out of their own pockets to fight just one project, the Ontario government and a few multinational corporations have spent many millions more in bids to deprive local citizens and municipalities of any say regarding the location of industrial wind factories.
Oklahoma lawmakers are not alone in their ongoing budget struggles. Similar battles are being waged by county officials across the state. There is an easy solution that could help on both fronts: Charge sales tax on wind turbines Wind companies currently benefit from a sales tax exemption that keeps much-needed revenue away from Oklahoma and counties where wind farms are built. The average turbine costs about $2 million. One turbine would generate about $90,000 in sales tax revenue for the . . .
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—The North Dakota Legislature has adjourned and with it, so has hope for public study on wind energy. Wind developers continue sweeping into North Dakota, trying to breeze their way through the permitting process in order to take advantage of government giveaways – not only federal tax credits (which are scheduled to be phased out unless Congress renews them yet again), but also tax breaks, loan guarantees and other economic assistance available under more than 80 different programs across nine . . .
VPIRG and REV have implied that the proposed rule will be the end of wind power in Vermont. In particular, VPIRG undertook a GIS study that showed that 0.2% of Vermont would be available for wind facilities due to the setbacks in the proposed rule. There are two problems with VPIRG’s analysis: its premise is wrong and the conclusion does not follow from its data. VPIRG’s premise that no turbine can be sited within a distance equal to 10 times . . .
Big Wind’s lobbyists and promoters love to claim that their projects are being welcomed by rural communities everywhere. The reality is rather different. Last Tuesday, voters in 20 rural towns in Michigan went to the polls and rejected or restricted the expansion of wind energy. Furthermore, those same Michigan voters soundly rejected two projects being promoted by the world’s largest producer of wind energy, NextEra Energy – which, as I discussed on this site last week, has been suing rural governments . . .
This old man is going on 80, and ever since I rolled into Oregon in ’51 on my beautiful 1947 Harley—and in later years literally soared over the sprawling sagebrush and rim rocks, sharing airspace with eagles—I’ve discovered more and more animals, plants and places and people to keep me busy helping to save. I’ve had the honor and delight to spend hours, days and years sharing the high desert with my family and so many friends in the Fort . . .
The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its latest report, excitedly boasting that ‘the proliferation of wind energy into the global power market continues at a furious pace, after it was revealed that more than 54 gigawatts of clean renewable wind power was installed across the global market last year’. You may have got the impression from announcements like that, and from the obligatory pictures of wind turbines in any BBC story or airport advert about energy, that wind power . . .