Proper windmill siting necessary to spare birds, bats
Source: Sandusky Register
Ohio’s energy policy and the issue of setbacks continues to be the hot topic as the wind lobby uses the remaining days of summer to build their case in the media and with lawmakers that industrial wind setbacks should be measured from the foundation of the neighbor’s home rather than their property line. We hope that our readers will be visiting with their lawmakers who are home in the district for the month of August to advocate for retaining the current property line setbacks and requiring a vote of the people before changes can be made. This will be the focus of setback debate in the fall and your legislators need to know what their constituents want. After all, it is your community that will be impacted and you don’t need some guy from Chagrin Falls telling you what’s good for you. Against that backdrop, the following news is well worth noting:
- Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bob Cupp who now
represents Allen County and his hometown of Lima has been tapped to succeed Rep. Bill Seitz as the Chair of the House Public Utilities Committee. Cupp should take quite a personal interest in the topic of setbacks since it will likely affect his constituents. Notably, Cupp remarked in an interview that “We’ll take these issues as they develop and try to build Continue reading Wind News – This Land is My Land, This Yard is My Yard…
Wind turbine setback, battles over green energy rules expected in Ohio legislature
By John Funk, The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Renewable energy’s struggle to grow in Ohio is expected to resume this fall following years of political battles over state energy mandates.
Legislation amending how close a wind turbine can be to adjacent property not part of a wind farm is planned by Republican state senator Cliff Hite of Findlay.
Senator Matt Dolan of Chagrin Falls said Thursday he would be a co-sponsor. Continue reading OHIO–Republican Comrade Dolan joins Republican Comrade Hite as a co-sponsor of Hite’s unsafe setback amendment
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Finally! A local farmer with the chutzpah to defend (Webmaster’s note: Upon reading this, I am not sure “defend” is the best word to describe the content of this letter. Better words such as “expose”, “challenge”, etc. would be more appropriate.) wind! I applaud Mr. Kirksey for putting his “mouth where his money is!” (Did I get it backward?) But, most importantly, this gives me another opportunity to expose the fallacy that wind is “clean” energy when, after all the hoopla, is merely a tax dodge for the Warren Buffets of the world! Don’t believe me? In his own words “The only reason I invest in wind is for tax purposes.” He, the wind companies, farmers putting a wind turbine on their land and local governments increasing their tax revenue are NOT concerned about “wind” but the government SUBSIDIES associated with it! I have characterized this as “suckling the government teat,” but, contrary to the porcine population, they are NEVER weaned!
“Every turbine results in using less fossil fuel and cuts down on Continue reading LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Another view on turbine issue
Wind and Solar Energy Are Dead Ends
Renewable energy is the way of the future, we are told. It is inevitable. Some renewable energy advocates boldly claim that the world could be powered by renewable energy as early as 2030 – with enough government subsidies, that is. And of course, the mainstream media play their part, hyping up the virtues of solar and wind energy as the solution to climate change.
In one regard, they are quite right: in terms of generational capacity, wind and solar have grown by leaps and bounds in the last three decades (wind by 24.3% per year since 1990, solar by 46.2% per year since 1990). However, there are two questions worth asking: (i) are renewable energies making a difference, and (ii) are they sustainable?
To answer the first question: No, wind and solar energy have not made a dent in global energy consumption, despite their rapid growth. In fact, after thirty years of beefy government Continue reading Wind and Solar Energy Are Dead Ends