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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.

January 24, 2020 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

More scrutiny a must for turbines

Over the course of five hours, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) should have heard enough concerns to warrant further examination of the proposed offshore wind turbines, specially their significant changes in height. The concept behind last week’s public hearing was to hear from the concerned citizens and government officials who requested a public hearing to relay concerns over the significant increase in wind turbine heights with both offshore project developers. After holding the hearing, which attracted about 800 people . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Things still spinning out of control

The wind turbines are getting out of hand. Now the state of New York wants those turbines in Lake Erie to be called a wind turbine farm. Even some of the people who were in favor of these turbines are having second thoughts because of the constant noise and the danger it presents to anyone near these things. My question is: where are the groups who are so concerned about wildlife and our forests? Is there no concern for the . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2020 • Connecticut, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

When public business is done behind closed doors

Nothing puts a journalistr’s antenna up faster than when it appears some public official is trying to hide something. That’s exactly what was going on last winter, when the Connecticut Port Authority, we now know, was hatching a grand plan, in secret, to drastically remake the historic port of New London, filling in seven acres of the river between the two existing piers, one a stone 19th Century structure on the National Register of Historic Places. The extensive $93 million . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

RTW: Wind farm allies now concerned with procedure?

The recent interest regarding the new majority of the Farmersville Town Board’s alleged violation of the open meetings law, for meeting with an attorney prior to the Jan. 6 meeting, is astonishing. If not exempt, the OML applies to a quorum meeting of a public body discussing public business. However, two OML exemptions apply – any matter made “confidential” by law and same-party political committee deliberations, like caucuses, without regard to the discussed matters. Not all members of the same political . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2020 • New Hampshire, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Politics preventing real energy solutions

When I was first elected to the Legislature in 2010, the biggest concern of the business community was high energy costs. Companies could relocate to Pennsylvania where, due to abundant supplies of natural gas, electric costs were substantially lower, about 12.5 cents per kWh. Right now NH electricity costs about 20 cents/kWh. Pretty much the same in the rest of New England. The problem has not been solved, but has been made worse. The reason the problem has not been . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2020 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The trouble with wind farms

Wind farms dot the horizon in many states. The drive for renewable, “clean” energy has become a fetish and a lucrative investment in many areas thanks to generous federal and state government subsidies. Still a small proportion of the nation’s total energy needs, wind turbines are being thrown up at a dizzying pace on private and public lands, and thousands more will be built in the next few years. The first wind farms began appearing in the ’80s, but the . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2019 • Missouri, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Eminent domain should be used rarely

They say your home is your castle, but what they don’t mention is that even a castle can’t protect you from the abuse of eminent domain. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, eminent domain is a process that allows the government to seize property for public use. In effect, the government takes the property but also pays the owner fair market value for the land. The reasonable use of eminent domain can make sense for projects that serve . . . Complete story »

December 25, 2019 • Iowa, Kansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Watch out for energy easements

Recently, on a warm fall day, I stopped at my 77-year-old father-in-law’s farmhouse because he was meeting with a salesman for the fourth time regarding a transmission line easement. I walked into his sunporch to find four men with the sole purpose of persuading him to sign. Weeks later, he had to chase off surveyors who were trespassing on his property. Stories of wind salesmen tell us that they manipulate retirees with phrases such as, “you’ll leave a ‘green’ legacy,” . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2019 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Madison County at a crossroads

As a nation and as a people, we thirst for electric energy. We are transitioning quickly to a global economy while responding to the serious threat of climate change. As a practicing cardiovascular sub-specialist physician for 33 years, through the last 17 months I have struggled to understand the “best approximation of truth” concerning potential adverse health effects related to exposure to industrial wind turbines. We are an over-committed, sleep-deprived nation with increasing cardiovascular risk factors. A major decision about . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2019 • Opinions, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm will destroy forest in Botetourt County

Here we go again. However, this time it’s worse. So what’s the lesser of two evils: 25, 550’-high wind turbines and associated destruction within a Forest Conservation District, or 22, 680’-high turbines? The people of Botetourt County will have the opportunity to consider this question on December 19th. For perspective, imagine you’re a homeowner in a quiet residential neighborhood. Your supervisors have permitted the construction of a dog kennel, a wrecking yard or a manufacturing facility next door. Additionally, the . . . Complete story »

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