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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.


June 20, 2018 • Connecticut, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Malloy leaves New London twisting in the wind

Gov. Dannel Malloy, always ready to reach into his trusty bonding bag of tricks, managed to pull out $15 million worth of goodies for Deepwater Wind, the rich hedge-fund controlled company to which the state has granted permission to sell its expensive wind power to Connecticut ratepayers. Before even making Deepwater the winning bidder for the state’s commitment to buy offshore wind, Malloy announced he would provide $15 million in borrowed state bond money for improvements to State Pier in . . . Complete story »


June 10, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines threaten property values in Chautauqua County

After 15 years of contentious planning, an industrial wind turbine facility is being installed in Chautauqua County’s Township of Arkwright. Travelers along the New York State Thruway can observe this icon of the Anthropocene rising above the forested farms and homes just to the east of the highway. It is these rural hosts of the turbines upon which depends the success of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 50/30 plan for wind industrialization. A Chautauqua coalition of unwilling hosts, environmentalists and taxpayers . . . Complete story »


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

Being ‘green’ is easy, ignore facts

If you thought the “green movement” was more about self-righteous politics than clear-headed science, here are two tales that prove the point. In Arizona a petition is being circulated in an effort to get on the ballot an initiative called the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona Amendment. This would require 50 percent of the electricity generated in the state to come from renewable sources by 2030. The petition states: “The Amendment defines renewable energy sources to include solar, wind, . . . Complete story »


June 7, 2018 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

A free pass to kill migratory birds

One hundred years ago, Congress passed one of the earliest and most consequential conservation laws, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Its language was, and remains, clear and straightforward: Unless an individual has a valid hunting permit, “it shall be unlawful at any time, by any means, or in any manner” to “hunt, take, capture [or] kill” migratory birds. Until now, that is. Power lines, communication towers, wind turbines, oil spills and poison and pesticide applications kill tens of . . . Complete story »


June 7, 2018 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Sound (and light) reasons to tilt at windmills

We interrupt this normally ground-based column to bring you a special report from the top of a wind turbine. What am I doing on a wind turbine, you ask reasonably? Is it a publicity stunt? Did I take a wrong turn somewhere? Is it just a really hot day and I want to be as close as possible to a very large fan? Before my mom starts worrying that her son is perched with his laptop hundreds of feet in . . . Complete story »


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

Abdication

She moved to the area about the same time as I. Soon becoming acquainted, our friendship grew as we realized how many common values we shared. Basically small-town girls at heart, we had both jumped at the advantages of big-city living offered when younger and were now ecstatic to believe we could live out our lives surrounded by the beauty of a placid countryside. Circumstances caused her to move away. I miss the companionship she offered but must admit I’m . . . Complete story »


June 2, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Apex’s windy disinformation campaign ignores reality

Residents in Somerset and Yates recently received another deceitful sales brochure from Apex. Apex’s newest mailing suggests that industrializing your entire town with wind factories is so wonderful that “communities with the actual experience of living amongst windfarms have repeatedly chosen to invite additional projects into their backyards.” That is simply not true! I live in Wyoming County, one of the counties referenced in Apex’s windy disinformation campaign. Consider the facts Apex’s mailer failed to include. Wyoming County was originally . . . Complete story »


June 1, 2018 • Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power no friend to environment

Proponents of wind power like to emphasize the environmental benefits of “clean energy.” It does not deplete natural resources, we are told. It reduces carbon dioxide and it is better for public health. But there is more to the story as evidenced by a brief filed Tuesday in regards to the Crocker Wind Farm, LLC’s project. According to opponents, or “intervenors” as they are called, this wind farm has serious environmental impacts. At a minimum, opponents want the PUC to . . . Complete story »


June 1, 2018 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Is Baker getting carried away with offshore wind?

Gov. Charlie Baker may have gotten a little carried away on Wednesday talking about the “terrific pricing” the state is going to get for offshore wind power. “People are going to be really surprised, I think, because the argument has always been, ‘Well, renewable and clean energy sources are great but, jeez, they’re more expensive.’ I think people are going to be really surprised by what they see here,” Baker said during an “Ask the Governor” segment on WGBH radio. . . . Complete story »


June 1, 2018 • Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island‘s ‘Wild West’ of renewable energy

Grow Smart R.I. supports Rhode Island’s ambitious renewable energy goal. But how we achieve this goal is as important as reaching the goal itself. Continuing to clear-cut thousands of trees and threaten our prime farm land in pursuit of this goal is unacceptable and unnecessary. We can and must do better. To end the current destructive “Wild West” approach to renewable energy siting in Rhode Island, we believe that the state should immediately place a moratorium on state incentives for . . . Complete story »


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