A Short Essay on Misguided Environmentalism, Bullies and Losing One’s Home

 A Short Essay on Misguided Environmentalism, Bullies and Losing One’s Home

10710803_1499247270341377_1858343354803123004_nYou were able to move. Now you have to forgive and carry on. Move on with your life and find the path back to happiness you enjoyed before it all happened.
This is what my mind tells my heart. That is what some of my friends are thinking, I can feel it. A gentle sort of ‘get over it’. And some days I feel like that is what I need to do.
But the heart still feels the pain. The heart feels the injustice for an event that wasn’t an accident, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or brought on by our own actions, or a natural disaster or single tragedy that all our families suffer throughout our lives. No, this tragedy has been intense, life changing; trust destroying, personality maiming and spirit crushing because it simply did not have to happen.
Why am I still angry? Continue reading A Short Essay on Misguided Environmentalism, Bullies and Losing One’s Home

About Ohio House Bill 190 – A constituent’s letter to Senator Seitz and his reply

Webmaster’s Note:  The lady who wrote Senator Seitz either works for the industrial wind cartel or she is the poster child for gullibility resulting from having been completely duped by “Big Wind” propaganda! And, by the way, how do our Ohio Representatives view this HB 190? Are they on board with Senator Seitz or not? You know…this would be a great time to shoot a little email inquiry to both Rep. Boose & Sen. Manning encouraging them to defeat HB 190 and any other bills that lobbyist supported government would conjure up! Our Senators and Representatives are listening to someone…how about your voice?! It will take less than 5 minutes..You’ll find their email contact in the menu on the left side of this page.

Read the constituent’s letter here:

Last year Ohio wind took a major blow when a setback was put into Continue reading About Ohio House Bill 190 – A constituent’s letter to Senator Seitz and his reply

Texan Turbine Hosts Declare War on Developers

by stopthesethings

 

Texans are said to ride a little taller in the saddle than most.  Their cowboyswagger and independence goes back to the very beginning of the Lone Star State in 1836.

In 1835 Texans went to war with the Mexican government, fighting a series of pitched battles and bloody skirmishes ending in April 1836 – following which, Texans declared themselves a Republic.

The most famous battle Texans had with the Mexicans being the siege at the Alamo – which ended in bloody defeat for the Texan defenders – almost all of them were killed.  However, the besieged Texans (estimated at between 180 and 250 men – including the legendary Davy Crockett) gave the 1,500 Mexicans who laid siege to the fort – for nearly 2 weeks – a taste of Texan tenacity.  The defenders – despite being seriously outnumbered and outgunned – killed or wounded somewhere between 400 and 600 Mexican soldiers, before being overrun.

Ever since, Texans have used the phrase “remember the Alamo” as a rallying war cry – based on the notion of Texan’s fearlessness in the face of insurmountable odds.

Well, 23 fearless Texans have just circled their wagons and hunkered down for the battle of their lives. Continue reading Texan Turbine Hosts Declare War on Developers

Lawmakers urge easing wind power rules

BY JIM PROVANCE
BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF

(with an insightful perspective from Tom Stacy following this article)

$1.1B Amazon data center could be on the line, they say

$1.1 Billion dollarsCOLUMBUS — Two northwest Ohio lawmakers used a business pitch on Wednesday in hopes of persuading fellow Republicans to weaken past moves they argue stymie development of large-scale wind farms.

They pointed to the $1.1 billion expected to be invested in a new energy-intensive data center in central Ohio by Amazon, a company that prides itself in buying power from alternative sources.

“When combined with a wind farm investment of $500 million to $600 million, that is quite an economic development opportunity for our state,” said Rep. Tim Brown (R., Bowling Green), whose Wood County district includes wind turbines.

“And I am certain some northwest Ohio counties would appreciate Continue reading Lawmakers urge easing wind power rules

Here we go again! Ohio House Bill 190

Linda Hughes by Linda Hughes

for Wind News

We know we should never underestimate the drive of the wind industry to get every bit of special treatment they can, whether it be federal taxpayer subsidy, local property tax abatement, renewable energy mandates or free use of land. This time it is the free use of neighboring properties. Big wind asserts they are unable to build wind farms in Ohio due to existing setbacks that respect the property lines of landowners. As is well known, the wind developers can pay the neighbor to obtain a waiver of setback. But it seems that the wind industry would prefer to steal it and they have found two willing accomplices in their proposed heist. Rep. Tony Burkley of Paulding County and Rep. Tim Brown of Bowling Green. These State Representatives today introduced House Bill 190 (attached) to allow the County Commissioners to override state law. Continue reading Here we go again! Ohio House Bill 190

Shocking Before-And-After Photos: How Wind Parks Are Devastating Idyllic German Countryside!

Note: At least some of the “before” photos were produced by airbrushing away the wind turbines from the real “after” photos, as some readers have pointed out. But the underlying reality remains: a blighted landscape and a hazard to birdlife.

Wind energy is supposed to rescue the planet from an environmental and nature disaster. Unfortunately for many in Germany the opposite is true. It has brought on environmental ruin and destruction of natural heritage.

What follows are a series of before and after photos depicting the “success” wind turbines are having in rescuing the environment. Continue reading Shocking Before-And-After Photos: How Wind Parks Are Devastating Idyllic German Countryside!

A real eye opener…timeline of wind turbine invasion and resulting low frequency annoyances!

Webmaster’s Note: A hearty thanks goes out to Scott Medwid for supplying GNU with this incredible timeline chronicling the “wind turbine invasion” into the United States as well as other countries.  Just click the link below and be prepared to witness startling information which exposes the blatant inaccuracies, dishonest and underhanded ways the wind industry has conveniently swept the affects of low frequency noise upon people.

Time line of the wind turbine invasion

EPA’s Dangerous Desire To Become America’s Energy Regulator

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William S. Scherman, Charles H. Haake and Jason J. Fleischer

Forbes Magazine

5/11/2015

Imagine that a federal agency seeks to Imagine that a federal agency seeks to fundamentally change the way electricity is provided to every household, school and factory in the United States. In fact, the agency’s proposal is so sweeping and dramatic that across the nation independent experts have raised concerns about it. According to the Nation’s reliability expert, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the agency’s proposal “may represent a significant reliability challenge” to the electric grid. The independent entity that runs New York’s power grid—the NYISO—similarly warned that the proposal “presents potentially serious reliability implications for New York.” And a Commissioner at the federal agency actually charged with regulating our nation’s power grid testified to Congress that the proposal “has the potential to completely undermine the market principles that underpin dispatch” of our Nation’s power systems, and that it may have “profound reliability implications.” All that might get your attention, right?

Now imagine that when the exact same federal agency that seeks to forever alter the Nation’s electric power system proposed this rule, it made several statements that revealed a fundamental lack of understanding about how the country’s electrical systems actually work. Continue reading EPA’s Dangerous Desire To Become America’s Energy Regulator

The Golden Rule, sadly missing in Big Wind (both in Washington & the industry)!

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“The Golden Rule,” as espoused by Rotary International’s excellent ‘Four-Way Test’ of the things we think, say and do, should be the moral and ethical standard our public servants aspire to uphold.  The test asks:

1.            Is it the truth?

2.            Is it fair to all concerned?

3.            Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

4.            Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

When applied to the industrial wind issue, the answers are a resounding, “NO!”

We’re Not Betting the Farm, We’re Betting the Planet

by
Mike Conley and Tim Maloney
April 17, 2015

The Problem with Large-Scale Wind and Solar

Betting the PlanetCan wind and solar power the country?

It’s an enticing idea, because the raw amount of solar and wind energy is enormous. For example, the earth’s surface receives about 163 watts of solar radiation per square meter.

 But even if we capture enough of it to run the country, can we distribute it through our existing infrastructure to significantly change our energy picture?

 Unfortunately, no. While it sounds good in theory, feeding enormous quantities of intermittent energy into the grid wouldn’t work. In fact, it would be a disaster.

 Picture this .… Continue reading We’re Not Betting the Farm, We’re Betting the Planet

Family sues over unauthorized demolition of vacation home

BY COURTENAY EDELHART The Bakersfield Californian

Monday, May 11 2015

The owner of a patch of Mojave Desert land upon which a small

Photo courtesy of Kern County Planning Department In March, David Dotson discovered his mother's small vacation home just west of Mojave had been demolished without her permission. The developer of the Rising Tree Wind Farm, which is clearing land in the area for a renewable energy project, said the home was mistaken for an identical cabin nearby that it was authorized to take down. The Dotsons have filed a lawsuit.
Photo courtesy of Kern County Planning Department
In March, David Dotson discovered his mother’s small vacation home just west of Mojave had been demolished without her permission. The developer of the Rising Tree Wind Farm, which is clearing land in the area for a renewable energy project, said the home was mistaken for an identical cabin nearby that it was authorized to take down. The Dotsons have filed a lawsuit.

vacation home once stood is suing a wind farm developer that demolished the cabin without authorization.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, Darlene Dotson and her two sons accused EDP Renewables North America of leveling the home deliberately because Dotson had rebuffed offers to buy her property.

Houston-based EDP and its subsidiary, Rising Tree Wind Farm, told the county it had intended to demolish a nearly identical cabin nearby that it was authorized to take down, but destroyed Dotson’s vacation home by mistake. It told authorities the home was unoccupied, in poor condition, and “uninhabitable.”

Dotson could not be reached for comment, but her attorney, Morgan Stewart, said he finds it hard to believe anyone could accidentally demolish a whole house, and the structure was in active use as a place for family gatherings.

“It’s pretty clear this was intentional,” he said. Continue reading Family sues over unauthorized demolition of vacation home

Burkley sponsors bill to allow wind turbine setback changes

Saturday, May 09, 2015 12:05 AM

BY ED GEBERT 

DHI Media Editor

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A new bill was recently introduced in the Ohio House to change wind turbine regulations. (DHI Media File Photo)

VAN
WERT — A new bill introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives seeks
to change wind turbine setback regulations which would enable wind
energy companies to work within Ohio counties to license new wind farms.
The legislation, House Bill 190, is co-sponsored by local
representative Rep. Tony Burkley along with Representative Tim W. Brown
(R – Bowling Green). Continue reading Burkley sponsors bill to allow wind turbine setback changes

Developers: Long-delayed Champaign County wind farm still in the works

By Matt Sanctis Staff Writer for Springfield News-Sun

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ohio wind power casesDevelopers have spent as much as $10 million to push three wind farms forward in Champaign, Logan and Hardin counties — all without putting a shovel in the ground.

The controversial Champaign County wind project has been tied up in a legal dispute for more than a year, while a pair of new laws passed last summer has put additional hurdles in its path.

Of 17 total projects in the state, only two are operational while 11 have been approved and four have been proposed. Both phases of the Buckeye Wind farm in Champaign County and the Scioto Ridge Wind farm in Logan and Hardin counties have been approved by the state but stalled before construction. Continue reading Developers: Long-delayed Champaign County wind farm still in the works

The Out-of-Control IRS, Rewriting Laws

By Christine Harbin Hanson — April 29, 2015

For National Review

Tax_Credit_form_2044402c The Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in King v. Burwell shines a light on the Internal Revenue Service’s practice of rewriting the Affordable Care Act to suit President Obama’s political agenda. What is lesser known is that this is becoming standard operating procedure for an agency that puts politically connected special interests above the written letter of the law.

Nowhere is this truer than in the IRS’s repeated expansion of the controversial wind-production tax credit, which provides federal subsidies to wind-energy producers. Over the last two and a half years, the agency has shown how a slow-but-steady watering down of federal law can completely reshape its original scope and intent — alarmingly, without any congressional action. Continue reading The Out-of-Control IRS, Rewriting Laws

State lawmaker part of effort to stop Ohio wind project

04/27/2015 by Kathiann M. Kowalski

for Midwest Energy News

Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz, seen in this 2011 file photo, has tried for several years to weaken the state’s renewable energy laws. (Associated Press)
Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz, seen in this 2011 file photo, has tried for several years to weaken the state’s renewable energy laws. (Associated Press)

An effort by opponents to stop a proposed Ohio wind farm, whichincludes a legally questionable maneuver to prevent property owners from granting variances, has the support of the state legislature’s most outspoken critic of renewable energy.

Greenwich Windpark, one of the few wind energy projects moving forward in Ohio, was approved by the state Power Siting Board in August. However, opponents, along with state Sen. William Seitz, have requested a rehearing and want to apply stricter rules than those that were in effect when the Siting Board ruled last summer.

Earlier this month, Seitz provided Midwest Energy News with materials from Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) in Huron County as an example of “the efforts of local folks…to fight ‘Big Green Wind.’” Continue reading State lawmaker part of effort to stop Ohio wind project

Why Are States Reevaluating Wind Energy?

Institute of Energy Research

October 8, 2014

second-lookAs the best wind energy sites have already been used and as wind subsidies decimate state funding, states are reconsidering their stance on what has become industrial wind energy. Opposition is mounting among residents regarding the loss of scenic views, the noise from the wind blades, the lights that shine at night and a lack of public notice about where wind turbines will be erected. States are now considering regulating wind energy as wind farms move closer to more heavily populated areas and are turning the landscape into a “giant industrial complex.” States are also concerned about wind subsidies that could be used for other essential expenses such as schools, highways and prisons.

State Experiences in Wind Energy

Over the last decade, U.S. wind capacity has increased from 6,222 megawatts in 2003 to 61,110 in 2013—that is more than 46,000 turbines, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Texas has the largest wind capacity at 12,354 megawatts, followed by California with 5,829 megawatts and Iowa with 5,177 megawatts.

In Texas, Comptroller Susan Combs urged an end to state subsidies for wind power because while tax credits and property tax limits helped grow the industry, it gives the industry an unfair advantage. According to Combs, “It’s time for wind to stand on its own two feet.”[i] Continue reading Why Are States Reevaluating Wind Energy?

Towns urged to join wind farm opposition

Friday, April 17, 2015

By DORIAN MITCHELL 

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Members of the Kent County Council of Governments meet Wednesday, April 15, at Barbara’s by the Bay in Betterton. During the meeting, representatives from town councils and county officials discussed topics such as a controversial wind farm project.

BETTERTON —  The towns in Kent County were encouraged to join the opposition against the controversial Mills Branch Wind project during the monthly Council of Governments meeting Wednesday, April 15, at Barbara’s by the Bay.

Developed by Apex Clean Energy, the project calls for 25 to 35 500-foot tall wind turbines to be placed in the Kennedyville area. A number of residents and county officials have objected to the presence of a wind farm.

Kent County Commissioner Bill Short said he attended an April 7 public hearing at the General Assembly. The hearing was on a bill that would prevent the Public Service Commission from excluding Kent County in the decision-making process on the wind farm. Continue reading Towns urged to join wind farm opposition

US Energy Dept. On The Prowl For Bigger, Longer Wind Turbine Blades

March 23rd, 2015 by Tina Casey

4e29031084dd2e9dfed0f46957832de0.jpegAs if the fossil fuel industry needed more bad news, the US Energy Department has just put out the call for new, longer wind turbine blade technology that will unlock an additional one million square miles of land for wind energy development. The new funding opportunity is relatively small at $1.8 million dollars but this is truly a case of a little going a long way.

In case you’re wondering where to park those longer wind turbine blades, the Energy Department has that angle covered, too… Continue reading US Energy Dept. On The Prowl For Bigger, Longer Wind Turbine Blades

What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?

simmons_randy_100x133By Randy Simmons 4/11/15 for Newsweek

As consumers, we pay for electricity twice: once through our monthly electricity bill and a second time through taxes that finance massive subsidies for inefficient wind and other energy producers.

Most cost estimates for wind power disregard the heavy burden of these subsidies on U.S. taxpayers. But if Americans realized the full cost of generating energy from wind power, they would be less willing to foot the bill—because it’s more than most people think.

Over the past 35 years, wind energy—which supplies just 2 percent of U.S. electricity—has received $30 billion in federal subsidies and grants. These subsidies shield people from the uncomfortable truth of just how much wind power actually costs and transfer money from average taxpayers to wealthy wind farm owners, many of which are units of foreign companies.

Proponents tend to claim it costs as little as $59 to generate a megawatt-hour of electricity from wind. In reality, the true price tag is more than two and a half times that. Continue reading What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?

Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You’re Nothing Without Me

Jack SpencerBy Jack Spencer | April 11, 2015

for Capcon

Wind energy in Michigan is approximately two-thirds fossil fuels (predominantly natural gas) used in a less than efficient way, coupled with one-third wind. Most people are unaware of that reality and misinformation flourishes as a result.

Case in point: a new study claims to provide comparisons between wind and natural gas by treating them as if they were two totally separate and distinct forms of energy generation.

The University of Michigan and Lansing-based consulting firm 5 Lakes Energy are touting a joint study based on a “model” produced at the university. The stated purpose of the study is to provide policymakers with a “tool” to help them choose between wind and natural gas. Unfortunately the model upon which the study was based is so flawed that the only “tool” it brings to mind is a toy hammer used in an attempt to force a square peg into the proverbial round hole. Continue reading Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You’re Nothing Without Me

Jimmy Fallon Makes the World’s Best Argument Against Solar and Wind Energy

Alex EpsteinAlex Epstein Contributor for Forbes

I write about the environmental benefits of industrial progress.

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, a member of “Artists Against Fracking,” is, like many celebrities, in favor of banning most fossil fuel use and using wind and solar instead.

But a few years ago, when he was host of Weekend Update, Fallon made one of the best arguments ever why solar, wind, and other forms of renewable energy work very, very badly.Jimmy Fallon

He was commenting on a seemingly ridiculous proposal to power cars using renewable energy from…hazelnuts.

Boosters of hazelnut energy made the same arguments we hear for solar and wind:

  1. It’s “renewable.” It gets its energy from the sun, which will keep replenishing year after year.
  2. It’s technically possible. Engineers can extract the oil from hazelnuts and use it to power an engine.

But Fallon explained why these arguments are meaningless: Continue reading Jimmy Fallon Makes the World’s Best Argument Against Solar and Wind Energy

Brevini to pay county $375K for jobs failure

Keith Roysdon for The Star Press

April 8, 2015

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Because it failed to create hundreds of jobs as promised, an Italian wind turbine maker is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties to Delaware County.

With great fanfare, state and local officials met on the far western edge of Delaware County in October 2008 and announced a bold new “green energy” initiative: Italian gearbox maker Brevini would create 450 jobs at spin-off company Brevini Wind, making turbines for windmills in a Park One facility.

As most Delaware County residents know, that didn’t happen. Continue reading Brevini to pay county $375K for jobs failure

Maine governor: Wind power is too expensive

Apr. 4, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine became the regional wind power paul_lepage-225leader under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, but change is in the air as Gov. Paul LePage makes an aggressive push away from his predecessor’s renewable energy policies.

The outspoken Republican, who says wind power is too expensive, is looking to hydropower from Canada and natural gas to bring down electricity prices that are among the highest in the country.

While many of LePage’s past energy efforts have fallen flat, he will have an opportunity to strengthen his influence this spring when he replaces the last remaining Democratic appointee to the agency that regulates the state’s utilities.

But he faces resistance from the state’s powerful environmental lobby, which believes LePage’s tendency to favor only the cheapest forms of energy today could be costly in the long run.

Continue reading Maine governor: Wind power is too expensive

Andre Porter 3rd Republican named to fill PUCO seat

By Dan Gearino

The Columbus Dispatch • Saturday February 21, 2015

Gahanna Republican currently is director of Ohio Department of Commerce

puco-porter-art-gpu10i8f6-1dream29-ac-01-jpgOhio’s utility regulatory panel will include no Democrats for the first time in its modern era, after Gov. John Kasich’s decision yesterday to appoint a Republican to take a seat now held by a Democrat.

The governor named Andre Porter, a Gahanna Republican, to the seat now held by Steve Lesser, a Bexley Democrat.

Porter, 35, will join the five-member Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and leave his current job as director of the Ohio Department of Commerce.

It will be a return trip for Porter, who served on the PUCO from 2011 until 2013, when he joined the Department of Commerce. Continue reading Andre Porter 3rd Republican named to fill PUCO seat

Three Decades of Wind Industry Deception: A Chronology of a Global Conspiracy of Silence and Subterfuge

February 22, 2015 by stopthesethings

Big Wind Big LieA little while back, a Scottish pen-smith posed a little rhetorical on the subtle art of skulduggery:

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

When first we practise to deceive!

 

There have been few industries that have had more practice, and as much success, in that subtle art, as the wind industry.

STT has popped up 880 posts in the, just over, two years since we cranked into gear – on our mission to destroy the wind industry.

A fair slice of them have concerned the topic of the adverse health effects caused by turbine generated incessant low-frequency noise and infrasound; the woefully inadequate, indeed, utterly irrelevant noise standards written by the wind industry; and the institutional corruption that:

a) allowed those standards to become the “benchmarks” in the first place; and

b) witnesses public authorities, with a responsibility to protect public health, not only sitting on their hands, but barracking in favour of the wind industry, at the expense of the very people these planning and public health agencies and authorities are paid handsomely to protect. Continue reading Three Decades of Wind Industry Deception: A Chronology of a Global Conspiracy of Silence and Subterfuge

Are wind turbines good neighbors?

Posted On Sat. Apr 4th, 2015
By : Lou Wilin for The Courier

Pic3Construction of five wind turbines, each nearly twice as tall as the Hancock County Courthouse, will begin this spring just outside Findlay, but not everyone thinks they will supply electrical energy as harmlessly and quietly as promised here and elsewhere.

The 262-foot towers, costing about $18 million, will stand near the Whirlpool Corp. and Ball Corp. plants south of Allen Township 215 and north of Hancock County 99 in Allen Township.

One Energy, a Findlay company, plans to sell all of the energy from three turbines to Ball, supplying about 20 percent of the factory’s needs for 20 years. Whirlpool will buy all the energy from two turbines, which will supply about 22 percent of its power needs.

Ball has said the wind energy will provide savings over existing electricity rates. The turbines also will generate no greenhouse gas emissions, which are associated with climate change.

But wind turbines elsewhere have faced criticism on a number of counts. Continue reading Are wind turbines good neighbors?

Iberdrola, EverPower, NextEra, Apex, Swift Energy…they are all talking to your Representatives…Are You?