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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.

November 21, 2017 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

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It’s important that we feel that we’re fighting this crisis like our lives depend on it, because in fact they do,” said New York mayor Bill de Blasio, announcing the city’s latest energy mandate, which will require about 14,000 buildings to upgrade their boilers, windows, roofs, and water heaters. Hyperbole on climate change is nothing new to de Blasio or to Governor Andrew Cuomo—and it’s necessary to help justify their claims that New York can cut its greenhouse-gas emissions 80 . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2017 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Why is Ontario addicted to wind power?

Every time I am interviewed by the media, or speak at a public meeting, I am asked: Why is Ontario continuing to push ahead with its program of industrial-scale wind turbines and wind power, when all the facts seem to argue against it? I don’t know. I don’t understand why Ontario’s Liberal government never did a cost-benefit analysis, or why it has ignored the admonitions of two auditors general about impacts and costs, or why it seems unable, or unwilling, . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2017 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

End the wind production tax credit

Congress is focused on making our backward tax code into something that encourages our nation’s instinct for creativity and innovation. As we look at all the wasteful and unnecessary tax breaks that are holding us back, I have a nomination: At the top of the list should be ending the quarter-century-old wind production tax credit now – not two years from now. This giveaway to wind developers was meant to end in 1999 but has been extended by Congress ten different . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2017 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms will change rural culture, landscape

So what is all the buzz about these big wind turbines? If you have not heard about this issue, it’s time to listen. I am deeply concerned that a huge project that will change the entire landscape and culture of our communities could be happening with very little awareness or input from residents. Miami and Cass County Commissioners have already voted to approve setbacks – the distance a 600-foot industrial wind turbine could be placed from a home or residence. On . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2017 • Ireland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Colm McCarthy: comprehensive catalogue of wind energy costs needed

It should not have been left to this voluntary group to raise these vital policy questions. Total greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland are only a little ahead of 1990 levels, despite population growth and economic expansion in the interim, but they can be further contained. The European Union countries have been to the fore worldwide in addressing the imperative of emission reduction and Ireland should certainly seek further opportunities to cut emissions. But Irish policy has become excessively reliant on . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2017 • Ireland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Ireland must act on CO₂ emissions: We’ve scored an own goal on climate

Ireland as a nation suffered three significant setbacks in the past two days, at least one of them self-inflicted. Our soccer team succumbed to the Danes on Tuesday night, and yesterday we lost out to France to host the Rugby World Cup. In those cases at least we put up a fight, but we have scored a major own goal on the environment, being ranked the worst performer in Europe for tacking climate change. It is all a long way . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2017 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Cheney’s silent spring

Cheney's amendment attacks the very foundations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If adopted, it would expose millions of birds to heightened risk of death from waste pits, electrical transmission lines, contaminated water, wind turbines and a myriad of other threats that are “incidental to the presence or operation” of industrial facilities on federal lands in Wyoming and elsewhere. It is not too much to expect industry to take precautions to avoid killing our songbirds, waterfowl, raptors and other migratory birds. If those precautions require corporations to stop and think about the broader effects of their activities, if they require an additional outlay to head off significant impacts to the rest of us, then those things are a part of doing business. Complete story »

November 10, 2017 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Stop subsidizing the Big Wind bullies

Last month, Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, complained that the state is a “tough place to develop” big renewable-energy projects due to a “spirited tradition of home rule.” This came after her group and the Nature Conservancy released a report lamenting the fact that siting new renewable-energy projects is often “lengthy, uncertain and sometimes unsatisfactory for both developers and communities.” It should be. With good reason, numerous upstate towns are actively fighting the . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2017 • Australia, France, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm in France an affront to our Western Front fallen

Lieutenant Leslie Mullett was killed leading his platoon into a maelstrom of German machine-gun fire on the morning of April 11, 1917. The 25-year-old draughtsman from East Malvern in Victoria was shot dead in his first major action on the Western Front as troops from the 4th Australian Division engaged the Germans in a bitter close-quarters fight for a position known as the Hindenburg Line near the village of Bullecourt in northern France. Such was the intensity of the fighting . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2017 • OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind and solar power advance, but carbon refuses to retreat

Two decades have passed since diplomats from around the world emerged from a conference hall in Kyoto, Japan, with what was billed as the first deal ever to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases that are relentlessly warming the earth’s atmosphere. Climate diplomacy has made a lot of progress since then. All but one of the world’s nations – the United States – have enlisted in the cause, making concrete commitments to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. . . . Complete story »

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