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We Won!!!!!!!!!!!!

BREAKING NEWS…. Lenox passes Conservation Restriction on the Watershed!!!


A total of 350 votes were cast.

A two-thirds majority was needed for the Article to pass –  a minimum of 231 votes.

The final tally: 238 voted YES and 112 voted NO.

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From the PLM gang!!

The Lenox Select Board voted tonight against pursuing wind on Lenox Mountain. The vote was unanimous with four votes since Dia T. was not there… They will now look at how to protect the mountain permanently. Jo Anne agreed to be part of that committee! Congratulations to everyone. Great work!!! -Eleanor

What a great group of passionate, smart and committed people. Thanks to all who worked tirelessly and SUCKED THE WIND OUT Of LENOX!!!! -Lauren

Lenox did NOT PASS WIND! – Thanks so much to everyone who worked so very hard for this victory for the people of Richmond, Lenox, Stockbridge, and all of Berkshire County and especially for the mountain, the forest, and all its creatures. -Harley

Bravo to all of you!!! Your hard work paid off!!! We are SO happy! Sorry we are not with you to celebrate!! -Catherine and Matt

Bravo to all. Such good work and I am so happy to have met such a group of dedicated and hard working community minded people. You’re the best. -Stephanie

Wow, a unanimous vote! Congratulations!  -Ben L.

Great news!! Congrats on your good work. Now, we need to pull off something similar. -Steve from Vermont

Fantastic. Cheers to all! -Gregory W.

What amazing news to wake up to! Thank you Eleanor, Chan, Jo Anne, Chris, Harley and Cynthia just to name a few! Agree with the comments from the others….an amazing group of people came together to make this happen. Yea!!!!!! Best -Michelle, Baby Grace and Chris

BRAVO to this amazing group of people. Thank you all for your hard work and positive momentum. Wow from Los Angeles. Can’t wait to see the video. WHOOOOHOOO. Next…we have to work on Lee!!! -Cynthia

HOORAY!!!!…….thanks to all who worked to hard to protect our mountain and the special quality of life here in Lenox, Richmond, Stockbridge….What happened in Lenox is such a positive example of how small town government can be educated to make the right decision to protect it’s citizens and work together for a common goal. Bravo to this extraordinary PLM group and the work that was done by all to get to this moment…. -Frieda

We are elated and heartened by your hard won and deserving victory.  Reason has a chance in this world after all! -Walter and Susan

YES, you guys are absolutely amazing, and it’s been a such a pleasure to work together… -Janet

Congratulations.  All the hard work paid off. -Bruce A.

Many thanks for your incredible expertise and incredible dedication and hours, days, weeks of hard work. The victory would never have been won without it. -Deborah and Ivan

Congratulations and great thanks for the countless hours devoted over many months leading to the Select Board’s resolution last evening. With the example of the remarkable group of concerned, capable, wise and energized citizens that galvanized to oppose the possibility of living – at great cost – with giant wind turbines in our midst, Lenox and the Berkshires can – and will – be made ever better. Now to ensure that the precious mountain ridge – and more – remains permanently protected and all steps are taken to make Lenox and the County a model of power conservation and solar energy. -Eric and Carol

What a great victory…what an outstanding job….I count myself privileged to be among this dedicated group…you are an advertisement for good and thoughtful citizenry. -Olga


The Conservation Restriction for Lenox Mountain Watershed

Lenox will vote on the Conservation Restriction (CR) that will permanently protect the central portion of Lenox Mountain from commercial, industrial, and residential development.   It will take a two-thirds vote by town residents at the annual town meeting to pass the CR.   The meeting begins at 7pm, Thursday, May 2nd at the Lenox Memorial Middle High School (197 East Street) If you are a Lenox town resident, attend the town meeting and vote! Hang in there, don’t leave early, because the CR Article will be at the very end of the meeting.   THIS IS OUR CHANCE! Please make every effort to support the passage of Article 22 on the Lenox Town Warrant — there is nothing … Read entire article »

Gibson and Lane Victory

Lenox elected Channing Gibson and Ed Lane to the Board of Selectman yesterday.  Congratulations!! Here is the tally sheet: … Read entire article »

Shelburne Saved!

Shelburne residents out in force to repel industrial scale wind This in from WindWise Massachusetts Springfield’s WWLP Channel 22 News captured the scene at Shelburne’s annual town meeting where a moratorium was unanimously approved along with zoning bylaws limiting turbines to small scale use. Reporters Yoojin Cho, Matt Caron and Joyce Ogirri reported on the issue leading up to a midnight vote. The Friends of Mt. Massaemet had held an information series over the winter months, bringing the film Windfall as well as speakers on health impacts, property value decline, and environmental concerns.   Congratulations!! … Read entire article »

Solar Sunday.

TODAY!  Ben Luce in Lenox.  Bryce on WWR. Join us at Lenox High School for a Solar Ice Cream Sunday. Come for the Ice Cream stay for the facts about Solar   Dr. Ben Luce,  Ph.D. will talk about state of the art solar technology and its promise of helping with climate change. Adele Gravitz and Greg Federspiel will update us on the Lenox solar situation – Municipal and Residential. Aric Brown from CET will talk about home energy audits and how to sign up!   This Sunday on Wind Wise Radio: Truth from Texas with Robert Bryce and Headlines with our Expert RoundtableSun. April 29, 7pm ET     Robert Bryce will be joining us to talk about IWT.  His writing has … Read entire article »

This busy weekend.

Several events are happening this weekend. Dr. Ben Luce will be giving two presentations and WWR will be talking with Robert Bryce  with a roundtable discussion to follow.     This Sunday on Wind Wise Radio: Truth from Texas with Robert Bryce and Headlines with our Expert RoundtableSun. April 29, 7pm ET Robert Bryce will be joining us to talk about IWT.  His writing has appeared in dozens of publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Review, Washington Post, American Conservative, The Nation, Counterpunch, and The Guardian. His first book, Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron, received rave reviews and was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly. His second book, Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, … Read entire article »

Happy Earth Day. Kill a turbine. Plant a tree.

Today on Wind Wise Radio: Saving Massachusetts from IWT — Louise Barteau, Ann DeNardis, Viriginia Irvine, Andrew Wells — Sun. April 22 7pm ET We will be talking with leaders in the efforts to save Massachusetts from the onslaught of the Patrick administration and the wind developers who are attempting to put their political ambitions and their greed ahead of the interests of the citizens of Massachusetts Louise Barteau is an environmental artist living and working in Fairhaven, MA. Her studio is located approximately 1200′ from Fairhaven’s two 400′ Industrial Wind Turbines which were installed this winter and are about to be turned on this month. A reluctant activist, she was drawn into a … Read entire article »

  Turbine trouble in Lee.  Wind turbines on October Mountain? A brand new group, Wise Choices for Lee (WCFL),  has sprung up in Lee, Massachusetts.  They are seeking rational, well-reasoned policies and projects for their town.  The current governing of the town seems fraught with secrecy and behind the scenes political maneuvering by an old boy’s (literally) network.  This is combined with a byzantine system of “representative” government which cuts out 99% of the citizens as only sixty some odd people actually get to vote at town meetings. The flow of information in the town is reportedly a trickle and the town manager, Bob Nason, seems to think he is Joseph Stalin with … Read entire article »

THURSDAY! Energize Lenox Community Forums Come Learn About Solar Power And Renewable Energy Thursday, April 12 at 7 PM -  Lenox Town hall and Sunday, April 29 at 2 PM – Duffin Theater, Lenox High School Free Ice Cream!  Bring the kids and make it a family event! Information will be provided about the town’s solar initiatives and be available to homeowners and businesses who wish to install small solar-paneled installations on their properties. Party Time! Pot Luck Supper in Celebration of PLM Sunday, April 15th 4-6 PM – Betsy and Jonas Dovydenas House 319 Undermountain Road, Lenox   RSVP to Catherine Mandel - Please let Catherine know if you can bring food! Weekly Meeting is 9am Friday 4/13 — Betsy and Jonas’ Place … Read entire article »

Direct Impact: Talking with victims of IWT. Neil Anderson, Barb Ashbee, Richard Braithwaite, and Gerry Meyer — Sun. April 8th, 7pm ET

Attend our Weekly Meeting at Jonas and Betsy’s Friday, 4/13, 9am. All are welcome. Come celebrate our success celebration of PLM on Sunday, April 15th, from 4 to 6PM at the home of Betsy and Jonas Dovydenas. Please RSVP by Friday afternoon.     WWR will be talked with the victims of industrial wind from different areas.     Barbara Ashbee was forced out of her Amaranth, Ontario home by the siting of industrial turbines too close.  Barbara could easily count 15 turbines from her yard. Her experiences with the local and provincial government is scary and disturbing. “The Ontario government did not help, in fact they mislead us on the number of complaints they had received and were claiming all … Read entire article »

Schizophrenic Falmouth

Last night, Falmouth voted for shutting turbines off then against shutting turbines off…   … Read entire article »

A question of values.

    Wind turbines on our mountains carry too high a price Reposted from VTDigger. Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Charles W. Johnson, the retired Vermont State Naturalist and author of “The Nature of Vermont” and other books on natural history. Huge wind turbines vs. the mountains. Environmentalists vs. environmentalists. An unfamiliar, uncomfortable fight is on. I have been involved in conservation in Vermont for over 40 years, and this is the first time in my memory that two great environmental issues have collided head-on: growing concern about nonrenewable resources and climate change against growing concern about losing what we’ve worked so hard to save in Vermont’s landscape. Why is this happening? I think because … Read entire article »

Federal PTC on WWR, Trump and Turbines, Nantucket Wins

TONIGHT! Wind Wise Radio Talks about the Takedown of the Federal PTC Lisa Linowes and Julie Johnson will be the guests on tonight’s program.  7-8pm ET.  April 1st, 2012 These two courageous and dedicated women have led the fight which has defeated the efforts of the Wind Developers to reinstate the expiring Production Tax Credits four times in as many weeks. Lisa Linowes is the founder and Executive Director of the Industrial Wind Action (IWA) Group, a national advocacy group  focused on the impact/benefits analysis and policy issues associated with industrial wind energy development. She is an expert on the impacts of industrial-scale wind energy development on the natural environment, communities, and the regional grid systems Lisa … Read entire article »

BOS discussed Conservation Restriction

  Final selection of CR at next board meeting…   … Read entire article »

Federal Production Tax Credit KIA

  Hi Folks — Here’s the roll call for the vote taken by the Senate today involving S.2204: . We expect Senator Reid to pull S.2204 from the floor and for the Senate to move on to the next bill.  There is NO CHANCE S.2204 will come back. I will keep you informed of any new efforts to extend the wind subsidies. But for now there is no need to worry further about S.2204. I want to again extend my very special thanks to all of you for a job well done! All the best, –Lisa Linowes PS: Press release from the US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works – Lisa will be one … Read entire article »

Just in from Wind Wise Mass STOP State Bill S2200

Today at 1:00 p.m. the state senate votes on a bill that will give the governor unprecedented control over the electricity market in our state, force more wind turbines and transmission lines into our communities, and increase our electricity rates for the next 20 to 30 years. The bill, S.2200, is being rushed through the legislature by the Patrick administration, the senate leadership, and the wind industry, and your opposition is urgently needed right now to stop it. Please contact your state senator Ben Downing and the senate president Therese Murray this morning – ideally before 11:00 a.m. – using information provided at the end of this email.   S.2200 is an energy bill … Read entire article »

STOP S2204 Federal Production Tax Credit

From Lisa at Wind Action Hi Everyone — As expected, the vote to consider S2204 passed by a wide margin. The debate on S2204 is expected to begin around 11:00am eastern today (Tuesday). We expect this debate to be energetic and revealing. It will be limited to 30 hours; no amendments will be permitted. Following debate we expect an up/down vote on S2204. There is still time to have your voices heard by calling-emailing your Senators. Stopping S2204 from achieving even 50 votes will prove a significant victory. Thanks so much! –Lisa PS: Timing for Sen. Alexander’s speech on the floor of the senate is not confirmed but could be around 6pm eastern.   From Wind Wise Massachusetts: Your Senators need … Read entire article »

Industrial Wind in the Wilds of Maine — From Wind Wise Radio

   WWR talked with Dr. Monique Aniel, Steve Thurston  and David Corrigan, about their struggle against the ongoing destruction of Maine’s precious natural areas by industrial wind developers. Listen here:   jwplayer('jwplayer-1').setup({"flashplayer":"http:\/\/\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/player\/player.swf","width":"400","height":"40","controlbar":"bottom","skin":"http:\/\/\/blog\/wp-content\/plugins\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/skins\/","dock":"false","autostart":"false","mediaid":"2438","image":"","playerReady":"function(obj) { document.getElementById(obj['id']) = document.getElementById(obj['id']).getPluginConfig('controlbar')['height'] + 'px'; }","icons":"","file":"http:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/2012\/02\/IndustrialWindintheWildsofMaine.mp3","modes":[{"type":"flash","src":"http:\/\/\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/player\/player.swf"},{"type":"html5","config":{"streamer":"","provider":""}},{"type":"download","config":{"streamer":"","provider":""}}]}); Dr. Monique Aniel and Steve Thurston are from the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power – a coalition of citizens from around Maine drawn together in the common purpose of advocating for responsible, science based, economically and environmentally sound approaches to Maine’s energy policy. Steve and Monique began working together on the fight against IWT in Maine about 3 years ago.  In early 2009, after former governor Angus King proposed 22 turbines for the ridge behind Steve Thurston’s family’s ancestral home in Roxbury, Maine,  Steve … Read entire article »

Lenox Watershed Conservation Restriction

  Now that, for the second time, the town of Lenox has rejected efforts to force an industrial wind development onto the town’s watershed property on Lenox Mountain, the town has decided to investigate placing a conservation restriction on the property instead.  This would permanently protect the land from development, preserving it for hiking and recreation and as the town’s primary water source.  Why go through this expensive process a third time? Lenox mountain forms the central portion of Yokun Ridge which runs from Bosquet in the North to West Stockbridge in the south.  Efforts to protect and preserve Yokun Ridge have been ongoing for 40 years and the U.S. Forestry Service has … Read entire article »

PTC Stabenow is DEAD NOW.

At 3:06 PM, March 13th. in the well of the United States Senate, the vote to add the Senator Debbie Stabenow amendment (To the transportation Bill) that would extend PTCs to the industrial wind industry was not agreed upon. There were forty-nine yes votes and sixty were required. Eleven votes shy of bilking the American Taxpayers one more time for a failed energy technology. Today’s failed vote delivered a big blow for industrial wind welfare. Jeffersons Leaning Left From Lisa Linowes of Wind Action Group: Hi Everyone — Thank you all VERY much for sticking with this effort. It was a tough several weeks but we’re now 3 … Read entire article »