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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.

February 17, 2018 • Nebraska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Allowing private businesses to use eminent domain is immoral

Last week I introduced LB 752 at its hearing. This bill repeals a section of the law I believe is immoral. Nebraska Statute 70-1014.02 (5) says: “Only a consumer-owned electric supplier operating in the State of Nebraska may exercise eminent domain authority to acquire the land rights necessary for the construction of transmission lines and related facilities. The exercise of eminent domain to provide needed transmission lines and related facilities for a privately developed renewable energy generation facility is a . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Citizens deserve voice on turbines

I feel that there are a lot of similarities between the turbine project and what Logansport faced back in 2013. When Logansport CARE (Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy/Logansport Power) became vocal about the dangers of the Pyrolyzer plant, I stood by and watched it play out. I felt that it would not have an effect on me. I was mistaken. Everything that happens in our town and county affects us all. The carcinogens from the incinerator would have been emitted . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • Kansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The other side of wind power

Reno County is considering a proposed wind power facility. That consideration should include the harm as well as the benefit. Wind towers are beautiful engineering marvels but located too close to homes they come at a cost. Businesses take the profits from their activities and are expected to bear the costs. It doesn’t always work that way. Some industries are allowed the right to take waste products they produce and dump them on their neighbor’s property without penalty. The carbon . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2018 • Nebraska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Addressing wind energy in Nebraska

This week I introduced my priority bill, LB 1054. It’s a bill that addresses wind energy in Nebraska. It’s been a long, hard road coming to this place. In the past 13 months, since I was sworn-in a Nebraska State Senator, I have been fighting to get a bill passed that addresses this issue. Second only to high property taxes, there is nothing more important to the people of the 43rd Legislative District than wind energy. This story starts two . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • Oklahoma, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Branan: Big Wind should step up for Oklahoma

Big Wind is making some bold claims as it seeks to avoid paying a proposed tax on wind energy in Oklahoma. The industry has balked at a tax on wind generation in Step Up Oklahoma’s plan to help shore up Oklahoma’s budget, complaining new wind projects already are taxed at a much greater rate than new oil and natural gas wells. The Oklahoma Tax Commission, which was asked to investigate trade group OK WindPower’s claims to lawmakers, was unable to . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Resort’s wind farm position debatable

The Ocean City Mayor and Council was well within its right to draft a resolution, which was really just a statement for the record, in opposition to the wind turbine project as currently planned. The problem is it’s too late to matter. The issue is now far beyond local control. It was probably never within the municipality’s power to influence the wind farm project to the degree it would like, but it certainly is not at this point in the . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Cuomo’s latest green-power fiasco

Since 2015, Gov. Cuomo has been hyping his scheme to remake the state’s electric grid so that by 2030 half of the state’s electricity will come from renewable sources. But Cuomo’s ambition – to prove his renewable-energy bona fides and thus position himself as a viable Democratic candidate for the White House in two years – is colliding headlong with reality. Indeed, two events Monday, one in Albany and the other in the upstate town of Somerset, showed just how difficult and . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2018 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind debate has disrupted ‘country life’

I have lived in Cass County my entire life. I am your typical “small town girl.” I married a farmer, bought a house and have three beautiful children. We have built a life here in this beautiful section of America, and we are happy here. We love the open landscape, the bright night stars, the summer skies filled with fireflies and the quiet peacefulness of the countryside. I love my neighbors. I love the families that my children attend school . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2018 • Opinions, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blades falling off Addison’s water tower result in $1 million flop, crazy lawsuit

Addison, the small town known for entertainment, restaurants and a cool reputation, took a step too far. Leaders decided in 2009 they wanted to build a new water tower on the west side of town, and on top they wanted to place eight wind turbines. No one else in Texas had done this. They hired an artist to design the project. He promised that when people see it, “They will know they are in Addison.” The goal, city officials said, . . . Complete story »

February 1, 2018 • Opinions, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

A Washington State carbon tax: All pain, no gain

With respect to Washington governor Jay Inslee’s renewed proposal for a “carbon” tax on that state’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, a number to keep closely in mind is: 2/1000 of a degree. That would be the global temperature effect in the year 2100 if Washington were to reduce its GHG emissions to zero immediately. That figure comes from the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate model, under a set of assumptions that exaggerate the effects of emissions reductions. Obviously, the effect of the . . . Complete story »

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