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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

April 24, 2018 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar energy can destroy our quality of life

The United States is a giant in the global energy industry, at least currently. This can change if the Russian-funded “keep-it-in-the-ground” folks enjoy continued success in obstructing energy production. Unfortunately, the war against oil and gas has reached Maryland, and it is going to do more than block the construction of pipelines and prevent consumers and businesses from deriving the benefits of affordable shale gas. These groups do not understand or simply do not care if their efforts negatively impact . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2018 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Maine needs zones free of windmills, power lines

GLENBURN – Since first hiking into the Maine woods in 1965 as a forester and photographer, I note huge changes in our visual landscape, a key asset for quality of life and tourism. Wind farms and power transmission contribute to the visual degradation, and more is coming. In 1983, my son and I slept overnight in the old Barren Mountain fire tower on the Appalachian Trail. At midnight I peered out the window into a starlit sky, extending in all directions . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines delivering next to nothing to grid despite hysteria

Are we completely insane? Well, almost our entire political class and the overwhelming majority of – self-believing – “clever people” seemingly certainly are. As I write this Wednesday evening, all those wonderful “clean” wind turbines across Victoria and South Australia are pumping out all of 30MW of electricity. They are supposed to have the capacity to produce more than 3400MW – that’s 1½ Hazelwoods. They were operating at less than 1 per cent of capacity. How many times do you have to say . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • Louisiana, Oklahoma, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

SWEPCO’s Wind Catcher is not necessary

The so-called Wind Catcher project might be better named the “Flak Catcher” for all the controversy it has stirred, although unfortunately that seems to have made little impression on Louisiana regulators. Based in the Oklahoma panhandle, a cluster of 800 wind turbines would capture as much as 2 gigawatts of power and send it through transmission lines to Tulsa and points beyond – although the inefficiency of wind power likely means received output never will come close to reaching this . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2018 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Time to ‘rise up’ in wind debate

I ask that you stay with me, as I realize that some may find the mention of Broadway shows and the controversial history of politics a bit too, well, political. And yes, for the sake of clarification, I will admit that this feature strays from the traditional forum. But, life so often strays from the traditional, that I think therein lies the connection. Playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda rose to fame when his Broadway musical “Hamilton” hit stages in 2015. Miranda spent . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2018 • Arkansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Many were helpful in defeat of Clean Line project

Sen. Tom Cotton called me recently to give us the best news we’ve had in six years. The Department of Energy had terminated its “Participation Agreement” with Clean Line Energy’s Plains and Eastern transmission line. He said he felt the law was on our side, that we were right in our stances, but, primarily, we were persistent. Among the thousands of comments in opposition to this project from citizens and organizations, there were those who made a particular difference in . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Why ocean wind farm decision will be biggest ever

MONTAUK, NY – Kevin M. O’Connor, CEO of Bridgehampton Bank, once sat with me in his boardroom in the middle of the financial crisis of 2007 to 2008 and said, “As long as we have that ocean out there,” – as he pointed toward the ocean— “the East End of Long Island will always be a great place to live and own a home.” It was soothing at the time and the way he said it with such conviction made me a . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2018 • Nevada, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Yes to clean energy, but no to this site

Want to know why renewable energy remains controversial, despite widespread agreement that it is vital for our future? The answer is location, location, location. Look no further than the beautiful Mojave Desert. Here lies some of the best conservation lands and recreational opportunities in the Silver State. The lands include the eastern portion of the world’s largest Joshua Tree forest, the densest concentration of bald and golden eagles in the state, and iconic backcountry trails and unpaved roads for exploration. . . . Complete story »

April 5, 2018 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Clean energy isn’t worth degrading Lewis Bay

Perhaps it’s because I am more fully aware of the extent of the weighty environmental damage to be rendered on Lewis Bay by Vineyard Wind’s proposal; or perhaps it’s because I am skeptical of the specious claims of rate reduction and job creation; or perhaps it’s because my definition of “common good” does not include energy rate increases. Whatever the reason, I, and hundreds of residents of West Yarmouth, strongly oppose Vineyard Wind’s proposal. The facts listed below may not . . . Complete story »

April 4, 2018 • Oklahoma, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Time for Industrial Wind to pay its fair share of Oklahoma’s education costs

Giving teachers in Oklahoma a raise is past due. WindWaste was established on the premise that more funding for education was critical, and the industry that has profited most in recent years from Oklahoma subsidies should contribute. House Bill 1010XX passed. Oklahoma companies are paying more taxes to fund it. You and I are paying more taxes to fund it. Industrial Wind will contribute nothing. In fact, these multibillion-dollar companies based outside of Oklahoma threatened to sue and file bankruptcy . . . Complete story »

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