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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.


October 15, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Additional wind farms do not benefit region

This is an open letter to the Public Service Commission. The PSC decision on the expedited application of Cassadaga Wind LLC will determine whether clear cutting of forests in Cassadaga and Cherry Creek will begin Nov. 1 for the proposed 48 turbine wind project. Dear members of the NY Public Service Commission: Quoting John B. Rhodes PSC chairman from the transcript of the Siting Board Jan. 17, 2018 re conditional permitting of Cassadaga Wind LLC… “State policy calls for energy . . . Complete story »


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

Apex’s claims simply don’t wash around here

There is a power struggle taking place in Somerset and Yates regarding those who support the Lighthouse Wind project and the majority who oppose it. It is interesting to watch how Apex reps are doing it using age-old tactics. It seems that they’re taking a few pointers from Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power, a handbook that illustrates how to get and maintain power. Take Greene’s Rule 12: “Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim. One sincere . . . Complete story »


October 10, 2018 • OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Blood on the blades: Is bird life facing global catastrophe from wind turbines?

Bird life across the globe could be facing its worst nightmare in the 21st century because of mankind’s ardent love for wind turbines. Despite the outright denial of renewable enthusiasts, data from across the globe suggests that bird life is in great peril due to wind factories. (They’re not farms, by the way.) “Cats and high-rise buildings are worse than wind turbines.” “Pollution causes more bird deaths.” These are some of the excuses usually offered when wind factories come under . . . Complete story »


October 3, 2018 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy in NJ

Every few years, New Jersey politicians look for lofty ways to spend our tax dollars. The suggested wind energy located off the N.J. coast will again create the speculative folly that a renewable, emission-free energy will supply three million homes. Wind turbines, installation, maintenance history, economics, and customer energy savings are never a component of any alternative energy proposal. Every glowing presentation lacks overall lifecycle costs, operation and decommissioning costs, and annual subsidies/grants from the state and federal governments (our . . . Complete story »


October 1, 2018 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The reality of industrial wind power

Wind energy derives from solar radiation, and humans have safely and logically used it for thousands of years through mechanisms such as sails and wind wheels. However, in recent years, argument has raged about the wisdom of building and subsidizing wind farms comprised of dozens or hundreds of huge industrial wind turbines that can blanket hundreds of acres. Earlier this year, this debate was heightened by anti-wind-power comments made by President Trump at his rallies. The president’s viewpoint quickly was . . . Complete story »


October 1, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Industrial wind turbines do kill birds

American Bird Conservancy has major concerns about Apex’s plan to build the Lighthouse Wind energy project in Niagara and Orleans counties. The project proposes to place dozens of industrial wind turbines along the south shore of Lake Ontario, extending 4.5 miles from the shore along a 12-mile stretch of shoreline. A postcard recently sent by Apex suggests that the number of wind-related bird fatalities is small compared to the overall number of bird deaths attributed to human activities. In the . . . Complete story »


September 30, 2018 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

It gets messy when clean energy plays dirty

NEW RIEGEL, Ohio – We are led to believe that the fictional Madge and Gladys types could be sitting at the regionally-famous local café here, discussing Seneca County politics. They fawn all over two county commissioners who are supporting the wind turbine project that would spread more than 80 towers across the farmland to the east, with a potentially devastating impact on bats, bald eagles, migratory birds, and the rural landscape. The duo chatter on about the wind business bringing “millions . . . Complete story »


September 27, 2018 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Corbyn’s wind turbine plan shows his disdain for Britain

Jeremy Corbyn spent much of his childhood in a lovely corner of Shropshire, which happens to be the county of my birth. He was fortunate to live close to the idyllic spot where P.G. Wodehouse located his fictional Blandings Castle. I like to imagine the young Jeremy scampering out from his agreeable family home, Yew Tree Manor, to collect conkers or pick blackberries. I see him innocently enjoying the bucolic delights in the Eden where fate had generously set him . . . Complete story »


September 27, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Small return on wind farm investment

In a recent edition of the Times Herald, Eric Miller wrote in this space on behalf of the company he works for, Invenergy Wind, that the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency is somehow violating its “mission” if it stops sponsoring large-scale wind energy projects. The IDA’s mission is to increase permanent jobs in the County. Although Miller suggests otherwise, supporting short-term constructions jobs that last about one year for a wind project is not IDA’s mission. How many permanent jobs . . . Complete story »


September 22, 2018 • France, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Le gouvernement ment aux Français, l’énergie éolienne pollue et nous coûte trop cher!

Il n’est plus possible de voir la France défigurée de la sorte par des éoliennes coûteuses qui aggravent nos problèmes écologiques sans offrir la moindre solution! [The government lies to the French people: wind energy pollutes and is too expensive. It is no longer possible to see France disfigured in this way by such costly wind turbines that aggravate our environmental problems without offering the least solution!] Complete story »


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