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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.

July 15, 2018 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy boondoggle

MidAmerican Energy has plans to take Iowa to 100% renewable energy. Our giant utility companies are running over Iowans to make this happen. Hundreds of people are negatively affected at every installation and hundreds more with every extra wind energy transmission line. Affected Iowans have no real say. Many protested at public meetings, collected petitions, hired attorneys and filed lawsuits but the promise of money won the local governments. Iowans have no power of recall, no referendum. Even the Iowa . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2018 • Ireland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The silent clearance of North Kerry

North Kerry has become the ‘renewable energy capital of Ireland’, by default rather than strategic design. This bountiful traditional farming landscape has been obliterated by an industrial landscape of wind turbines, situated in random pattern, at the behest of developers, and not the wider community. Of 411 turbines with full planning permission in Kerry, only 200 had been built as of May 2017. Since then another 100 have gone up, many in my own community. Between Beal (where I live) . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2018 • Oklahoma, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Free Market Friday: How do we limit cronyism?

Oklahoma’s wind subsidies have moved from scandal to farce. First, we saw some 40 lobbyists swarm the state Capitol to try to preserve one of the most generous systems of tax credits granted to any industry in any state. Then, we learned that shadowy characters associated with the industry seem to have been stalking legislators, even placing a tracking device on the truck of a legislator who opposes the handouts. Complete story »

July 11, 2018 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

One proposed wind farm development could wipe out a third of Scottish wildcats

Early one summer’s morning, around 20 years ago, a friend was driving me “back down” to the railway station at Inverness. We had just set out, travelling a slow side-road through scrubby deer woods, not far from Kiltarlity; it was warm for that time of day, the air slightly hazy between the stands of gorse and fallen stones from an old wall. Not surprisingly, the road was empty, so it felt that we were the only people awake for miles . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2018 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Last call to block Lake Erie wind turbines?

Cleveland gets no respect. Their citizens remain an optimistic bunch, considering how often their sports teams come up short of a first-place trophy (2016 Cavaliers notwithstanding); still get teased for their river catching fire and Mayor Kucinich running the city into bankruptcy. Now, in the name of job creation, many union leaders and government officials are getting duped by wind industry promoters to support off-shore wind turbines within sight of their downtown skyline. However, if this foolish project is approved . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

All-renewable energy is a prescription for disaster

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the Democratic establishment by crushing incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary race in New York’s 14th Congressional District. She successfully portrayed Crowley as out of touch with his constituents. “He works for corporations, and I work for people,” she said. But for all of Ocasio-Cortez’s woman-of-the-people claims, her energy politics are completely disconnected from reality. More important, they’re deeply regressive and, if implemented, would hurt the very same poor and middle-class voters she claims to champion. . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2018 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Our best interests on the Connecticut River?

Is FirstLight Power Resources attempting an end run around the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing process for its Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage station on the Connecticut River? FirstLight’s parent owner, Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investments, is now offering up use of the giant power re-generation and transfer machine in a bidding process that won’t begin delivering electricity until 2023. The actual bidder is Deepwater Wind, in a partnership with British energy giant National Grid. One option included in their proposal . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Apex’s arrogance shows in its documents and its silence

On New York’s Public Service website there are 67 public comments that have been lodged during the formal comment period of April 19 to May 10 that specifically address Apex Clean Energy LLC’s Stipulations, a document the company must file according to the Article 10 process. The following is a summary of concerns and questions posed to Apex in those letters: US Fish and Wildlife Service’s call for a 3-mile setback from all the Great Lakes; visual impacts; nighttime light . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2018 • Opinions, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Progressive action by PGC Board of Commissioners shows this is not the agency of previous time

Pennsylvania Game Commission Southeast Region commissioner Brian Hoover may be a fan of “Man of La Mancha,” but he is sure not a fan of windmills. At least he’s not a fan of any windmills that would be erected on state game lands. Unlike the play’s principal character Don Quixote, Hoover is not attacking windmills on horseback with a lance. Defeating them is not, however, an impossible dream. Hoover was at the forefront of a moratorium enacted by the PGC . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2018 • Arizona, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Keeping on the right clean energy course for Arizona

The fight over a so-called clean energy ballot measure from California billionaire Tom Steyer has been in the news a lot lately. At best, this proposed change to our state constitution is ill-conceived and irresponsible energy policy. At worst, it is political gaming at the expense of Arizona residents. Either way, it sets Arizona’s energy future on the wrong course. The Steyer camp arrogantly claims that opposing their bad idea of energy policy is the same as opposing clean energy, . . . Complete story »

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