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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.

December 2, 2022 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

The Tories’ wind power delusion

A very strange parliamentary rebellion has been taking place with Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and dozens of other Tory MPs demanding an end to the ban on onshore wind farms. Wind power is cheap and getting cheaper, they argue. And surely, if we’re engaged in an energy war with Russia, we need all the power we can get? It’s an argument that is wrong several times over. There is no ban on wind farms – it is actually a bog-standard . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2022 • Germany, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

New study has some bad news for wind energy advocates

A new peer reviewed study from German scientists found that offshore wind farms – the sort of supposedly “green” alternative to existing energy sources with which President Biden and Democrats want to fill America’s coastal waters – are not as safe for marine ecosystems as their proponents may argue.  The researchers looked at one area and ecosystem in particular – the North Sea – where the world’s largest offshore wind farm (OWF) opened earlier in 2022. Relying on modeling and simulations in order to . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2022 • Italy, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

13 torri eoliche da 250 metri a Tuscania: basta con l’occupazione del suolo più sacro

Tredici aerogeneratori alti 250 metri, elettrodotti, opere connesse, per una potenza complessiva pari a 33,6 MW. Appare evidente che l’Italia voglia consegnarsi alle lobby internazionali dell’eolico, arrendendosi senza condizioni all’annunciata occupazione del territorio nazionale. Territori e Paesaggi che rappresentano un bene culturale anche economico, unico e riconosciuto universalmente, però fragile ed esauribile; luoghi di sopravvivenza, di pace e armonia apprezzati notoriamente da Italiani e forestieri; donne e uomini di tutti i paesi che vogliono goderne varietà e storia immensa. Tutto ciò . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2022 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Onshore wind farms are ruining the beauty of the Highlands

It is easy to get a community motivated to fight a development that will change everyone’s surroundings. But expecting them to do so regularly, sometimes over several years and in the face of a number of barriers, is something else. That is what we are experiencing in this part of the Highlands in terms of relentless onshore wind farm applications. In the summer the local authority agreed with us that a submission for an eight-turbine wind farm at Meall Buidhe, . . . Complete story »

October 30, 2022 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines are a dangerous idea for Lake Erie

Exposing the inherent flaws of a dangerous idea is best done early. The idea of utilizing wind energy above the waters of Lake Erie is again a focus of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in their soon-to-be published second feasibility study. The first report by NYSERDA (in 2011) lists many concerns about placing wind turbines and their infrastructure in one of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystems and drinking water sources. Since then, threats to drinking . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2022 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

When wind turbines caused sleep deprivation, key lawmakers sided with Big Wind

Editor’s note: This is Part Two of a critique of Vermont’s government-renewable power industry complex written by Monique Thurston, a retired Addison County physician. She has been on the ground floor of opposition to wind power and the subsidized renewable power industry for over a decade. See Part One in yesterday’s Vermont Daily Chronicle. Many Vermont lawmakers – including some now holding powerful positions on energy committees – have ignored the physical and financial suffering created by industrial wind turbines . . . Complete story »

October 1, 2022 • Greece, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Editor’s Note: Ecocide in Greece

Deep Green Resistance does not support solar and wind “alternatives”. They are not alternatives to the energy and ecological crisis, but rather a part of it. They do not “replace” natural gas and fossil fuels, not only because the so-called renewable energy are not as potent an energy source as fossil fuel, but also because they rely on fossil fuel for basic operation. They contribute to the abuse, exploitation and plunder of nature. There are mountains of resources to support . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2022 • Hawaii, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Remembering Big Wind’s Big Fail On Lanai

Kirstin Downey’s recent article (“The Struggle Over Towering Wind Farms Is At The Center Of A Honolulu City Council Debate,” Sept. 21) rightly highlights the Kahuku community’s critical role in helping to inform public opinion regarding the negative community impacts of industrial wind power plants. She writes: “When they first arrived in Hawaii about a decade ago, the turbines were initially welcomed but North Shore residents were shocked by their huge size and disturbed to learn they posed deadly hazards . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2022 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Supply chain issues slow development of major Mass. offshore wind farm

Avangrid chief executive Pedro Azagra told investors on Thursday that his company will postpone its Commonwealth Wind and Park City Wind projects planned for south of Martha’s Vineyard by a year and go back to the negotiating table to rewrite contracts for the offshore wind farms because of supply chain issues. The Connecticut-based energy company’s move underscores the challenges New England faces as policymakers try to transition the electric grid to rely more heavily on renewable sources instead of natural . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2022 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

‘Tilting at (non-existent) windmills’

Oops… In the last edition of the Herald, with one of my submissions, there was, oh, a bit of a mistake – to be as transparent as possible. And as a preface, I’ve been a reporter in the village for some three years now, and I would like to think that I’m up on “…all things Ada.” However, and admittedly, what I could still use work on is, well, looking ‘up,’ literally. That is, a couple years ago I wrote . . . Complete story »

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