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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.

November 16, 2019 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

All energy options driven by greed

In the growing battle over wind turbines it would be wise to consider man-made events over the past 100 years that have caused significant, if not permanent scars to our natural environment. Some of these were unintentional and involved ignorance or negligence. Others were intentional, and sadly greed played a role in their occurrence. In 2010 we had the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico where a British Petroleum contracted rig had a well head blowout. About 210 . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2019 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

General election: The real political issue of the week that almost everyone ignored

There was a Scottish story this week full of the real stuff of politics – and correspondingly little coverage. It involved Scottish and Southern Energy’s Seagreen offshore windfarm, off Montrose, which will pour many consumers’ bawbees into SSE dividends. This largesse did not extend to poor sods working out at sea. These Third World labourers were paid a basic £3.40 an hour by SSE’s Dutch contractors, Fugro Marine, which has offices in Aberdeen. On being caught red-handed, SSE conceded some . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Citing danger to birds, three conservation groups urge the county to reject the Humboldt wind energy project

Below is a joint press release from the American Bird Conservatory (ABC), the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) and the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC): The Humboldt Wind Energy Project proposes to place 47 wind turbines on Bear River and Monument Ridges in Humboldt County, California. This proposed project poses substantial risks to federally Threatened species, such as Marbled Murrelet and Spotted Owl, as well as other species of conservation concern such as Bald and Golden Eagle, all of which reproduce . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2019 • Hawaii, Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Hawaii protests show why wind energy can’t save us from climate change

Since mid-October, some 128 people on the island of Oahu have been arrested while protesting a wind energy project being built near the small village of Kahuku. The project is planned to include eight turbines standing 568 feet high. Many of the arrests occurred after protesters blocked trucks carrying equipment to the site. The protests continued on Nov. 1, when about 30 anti-wind protesters occupied the office of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell for three hours. Of the many land-use conflicts . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2019 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Associated Industries of Mass. joins the effort to save Vineyard Wind

You know offshore wind power has finally arrived when Associated Industries of Massachusetts is now among its most enthusiastic backers. AIM, you might remember, had energetically fought Cape Wind, dogging what would have been the nation’s first offshore wind farm at every turn. Many critics of Cape Wind owned luxury properties overlooking Nantucket Sound, or had ties to people who did. But AIM’s chief concern had nothing to do with aesthetics and everything to do with the failed project’s massive . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Bad deal – recreation and ecological treasure devastated for minimum wind energy

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – It is easy to miss. The road sign on Highway 20 says simply “Walker Ridge Road.” Here a narrow dirt road runs north roughly along the Lake-Colusa County line to the Bartlett Springs Road. For me, it is always hard to not make that turn. This place tells a story of plate tectonics and is an ecological treasure. Serpentine is our state rock and there is plenty of it here. It was formed as dense rock, . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2019 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The gov’s well-paid wind-power liars

The New York State Energy Research Development Authority really doesn’t want you to know how much you’ll have to pay for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s offshore-wind boondoggles. Our recent editorial on this waste cited the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin, who’d found used the agency’s own public filings to deduce a cost to electric ratepayers statewide of some $6 billion for just the first wave of wind farms NYSERDA is subsidizing off the Long Island coast, vs. the ageny’s claimed $1 billion. That . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Terra-Gen wind power project will chain us to the PG&E grid and ruin a sacred place

There has been much confusion and misinformation regarding both the PG&E power outages and Humboldt County’s current ability (or lack thereof) to be an energy island, resilient, and independent from the larger grid in California. The energy we presently get from the grid comes from the east, across the rugged coast ranges all the way from the Central Valley. The proposed Terra-Gen Bear River (Tsakiyuwit)/Monument Ridge wind energy project is just more of the same – a centralized grid-tied energy project . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2019 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Who’s in charge of Mass. offshore wind procurements?

The most recent offshore wind procurement exposed a major flaw in the selection process, as the state’s three utilities – and not elected officials and their staffers – were charged with making policy decisions about the direction of the Massachusetts offshore wind industry. The procurement, the state’s second, attracted three bidders – Mayflower Wind, Vineyard Wind, and Bay State Wind. All of the companies stepped up their onshore investments with this procurement, but only Mayflower Wind spelled out its general . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2019 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

State’s energy edicts are dimwitted

It would have been entirely appropriate for the recently passed New York state “Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act” to have been announced in Jamestown at the National Comedy Center as it is a monumental joke. It would be funnier if the harm to our economy, energy independence and cost and reliability for heat and electricity were not threatened due to the pandering to extreme zealots. Facts to consider include the reality that our state has the lowest per capita . . . Complete story »

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