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.
Sen. Lamar Alexander apparently has no intention of shuffling out the U.S. Senate door into a quiet retirement in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Though speculators speciously suggested former University of Tennessee quarterback and future pro football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning might seek Alexander’s seat, the senator was his feisty self this week in one of his patented floor speeches. Alexander blitzed Clean Line Energy and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Again. In doing so, he planted himself . . .
The proposed legislation compelling Massachusetts consumers to buy 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2050 represent a triumph of politics over common sense. The “100 percent” proposal is unrealistic and unnecessary and will raise the electric bills of every business and homeowner in the Southeast region. Here’s the problem: Over the past nine years, we have spent billions of dollars subsidizing renewable energy. Yet just 12 percent of our electricity in Massachusetts comes from wind, solar, and . . .
Ban Big Wind: It’s a slogan many Vermonters would gladly get behind, giving the folks at Vermont Public Interest Research Group more heartburn than they are currently experiencing, pursuant to the recent rule on wind turbine noise proposed by the Vermont Public Service Board. VPIRG imagines that the proposed sound rule would “effectively ban any further wind energy development in the state.” Only an “effective” ban, you see, rather than the very real ban craved by Vermont’s growing anti-industrial wind . . .
After months of silence, lawyers for Cape Wind spoke loud and clear in court at the end of last year. “This project is going forward unequivocally,” Cape Wind attorney Christopher Marraro told a U.S. District Court judge during a conference in Washington, D.C., in December. Cape Wind’s assertion in court that it is still intending to put 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound is further buttressed by a second recent development. In December, Cape Wind made its annual $88,000 lease . . .
I sat in my living room reading this article last night with painfully throbbing ears and a headache, due to turbine noise that penetrates through the walls of my house. The noise kept me awake until 3 a.m. I had to write a reply to the tripe that was published in the OBSERVER (Feb. 19). I bought my home to reside, because of its semi-secluded, quiet and peaceful nature. There is a river across the road from me and wooded . . .
In “Wind power key to state’s rural economy” (Point of View, March 4), Beaver County Commissioner Brad Raven outlined reasons he believed industrial wind was good for rural Oklahoma. I’d like to clear up a few misconceptions. While the industry continues to claim that wind power is “cheap, clean and infinite” and provides discounted utility bills, it actually costs Oklahoma millions. Taxpayers heavily subsidize wind power to the tune of 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour by the federal government and . . .
Bill McKibben told an audience at Sterling College last week that “people all over the world are paying an enormous price for our energy use,” and that our exorbitant use of energy is the source of the climate change problem. But rather than urging us to drastically reduce that energy use to make radical changes to our growth-at-any-cost economic system and give up some of the luxuries and convenience we have become accustomed to, he, instead, argues that the “sacrifices” . . .
Claims by the the Government and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) that wind power can be used to de-carbonise our energy system are not justified by the available evidence. A rudimentary cost benefit analysis (CBA) to examine ways of decarbonising would have shown how deeply flawed this policy is. Moneypoint power station, alone, produces 4.7 million tonnes of CO2 annually by burning cheap imported coal, twice the amount our collective 1,500 turbines save. Wind turbines spread over some . . .
Despairing over what’s become of large swathes of the rural Scottish landscape has brought me a lot of friends. Up in Sutherland, our own “No More Windfarms” group, established to protest, as we put it in our campaign literature, “yet another wind turbine development in this part of the Highlands”, gifted me with a great number of letters and emails of support – from handwritten cards to links to blogs and related sites. One of my ex-pupils at Dundee, where . . .
Frank Keating recently exhibited a great deal of courage. Our former governor wrote in a Feb. 24 column in the Tulsa World that is was a mistake for him to sign legislation in 2001 that established the zero-emissions tax credit. The credit was supposed to cost Oklahoma less than $2 million a year, Keating wrote, but a coming boom in wind farm construction by developers looking to take advantage of available subsidies could cost the state more than $5 billion. . . .