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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.


June 5, 2020 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The cure is worse than the ailment

It is fashionable for pundits to quote the old adage, “the cure is worse than the ailment,” referring to the imposition of martial law, under the guise of public health. Many Americans now think even coronavirus may hurt the country less profoundly than lockdowns, quarantines, mandatory business closures, decreeing who is essential and who is not, dictating the number of customers a business may serve, or unconstitutionally banning church services. Policies that cause worse problems than they were meant to . . . Complete story »


May 28, 2020 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Guest Opinion: Make wind development work for everyone

We were very disappointed that the Logan County Planning Commission chose to forcibly mute all citizens during the May 19 “public” hearing on wind energy development while only allowing a single person to frequently speak all night: the Niyol Wind Project representative. In fact, the Niyol representative was a designated moderator for the Zoom meeting while citizens of the county could only quietly watch the Commission make decisions with one-sided information. Why are public officials hearing out corporate, out-of-state interests . . . Complete story »


May 27, 2020 • Greece, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Σωματείο Εργαζομένων ΟΤΑ Τήνου – Στήριξη στον αγώνα ενάντια στην εγκατάσταση ανεμογεννητριών

Το Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο του Σωματείου Εργαζομένων ΟΤΑ Νήσου Τήνου δηλώνει για μια ακόμη φορά τη στήριξή του στον διαρκή αγώνα ενάντια στην εγκατάσταση ανεμογεννητριών στο νησί μας, καταδικάζει απερίφραστα την απρόκλητη άσκηση βίας από τις «εισαγόμενες» αστυνομικές δυνάμεις κατά τη διάρκεια μιας δυναμικής – πλην ειρηνικής – διαμαρτυρίας και τις προσαγωγές πολιτών που υπερασπίζονται την λαϊκή βούληση των κατοίκων του νησιού μας. Η ανάπτυξη ενός τόπου προϋποθέτει το σεβασμό στο φυσικό κεφάλαιο, δηλαδή στα βουνά και στις θάλασσές του, στις . . . Complete story »


May 5, 2020 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Preserving the Western character of Albany County

When people hear we live in Wyoming, some of the first comments they make are about Yellowstone or Jackson Hole. Understandable, considering the national reputation these particular locations have for the sheer beauty, wildlife, and the fact that they are highly desirable tourist locations. Then we proudly say we chose to live on the other side of the state, near Laramie and the University of Wyoming. It only takes a few pictures from your phone or a couple stories and . . . Complete story »


April 30, 2020 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The economics of industrial wind and solar in Iowa

First, industrial wind and solar make no sense economically. Both past and present CEOs of MidAmerican Energy have admitted that the turbines in Iowa will be 100% paid for by tax credits. The first indication of this was on Simon Conway’s WHO Radio show. Simon interviewed CEO Bill Fehrman in 2017, who admitted that 100% of the cost of the turbines comes from taxes. In a May 30, 2018, article written the Des Moines Register’s Donnelle Eller, current CEO Adam . . . Complete story »


April 22, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

We can’t make enough renewable energy to avert climate disruption (Commentary)

I read with bemusement Peter Wirth’s commentary “NY Already Has Vaccine for Climate Change: Renewable energy” (April 21, 2020). Why? It is scientifically impossible for renewable energy to be delivered at a global scale any time soon to make a meaningful difference in future climate disruption. Science precludes it, even if it “feels” we should be able to go green. First, the area needed to use solar and wind farms to power a city is about the area of the . . . Complete story »


April 22, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Nothing natural about turbines

This is in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Restore Mother Nature Act.” Our governor wants to pass a $3 billion bond to fund critical environmental restoration projects. “Over the decades, we degraded our environment – destroying these natural systems. … We restore the environment by restoring habitats to reduce flood risks, improving water quality, sequestering carbon and more, “ our governor says. Now let’s see how this washes out! Cuomo has a big push on to build wind turbines all over . . . Complete story »


April 14, 2020 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

What’s the future of Albany County? You decide.

If you live near any agricultural land, you too could have an Industrial Wind Project within .25 miles of your residential dwelling (or State Parks and wildlife refuges) or .5 miles from your plated subdivision. With wind turbines soaring up to 675’ (only 192’ shorter than the Devil’s Tower!) this outdated setback distance does not protect residents from the negative health and safety issues proven to be associated with the introduction of large industrial wind turbines. These negative impacts include: . . . Complete story »


April 10, 2020 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Terra-Gen’s controversial Campo Wind project approved by Dept. of Interior over strong objections of impacted tribal members

Against strong opposition, including many tribal members, the Department of Interior just approved the Record of Decision (ROD) for Terra-Gen’s controversial Campo Wind project with 60-586 ft tall 4.2 megawatt (MW) turbines on Campo Tribal lands in rural San Diego County. These turbines are taller than the tallest skyscraper in San Diego and twice as powerful as existing Kumeyaay Wind and Tule Wind turbines that already generate nuisance level adverse impacts for neighbors! To add insult to injury, the ROD . . . Complete story »


April 10, 2020 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

As Americans sicken and die, the wind and solar industries aim to capitalize on COVID-19

It’s no secret that, as soon as Congress began debating pandemic-related bailouts and stimulus measures, special interests far and wide descended on Washington, D.C. Every industry and advocacy group seemed to think first and foremost about how it could gain advantage from the impending federal spending spree – and only secondarily about how it could contribute to America’s health and recovery. That’s par for the course in an age when shame and public-spiritedness seem to have been superseded by cynicism and . . . Complete story »


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