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Junk Science

Junk science is faulty scientific data and analysis used to advance special interests and hidden agendas. -Dr. Raymond Hartman, PhD There is ample evidence regarding the health risks associated with industrial wind turbines. – Carmen Krogh, BScPharm, Ontario, Canada James in the B’Eagle, 37 42 45 comments and counting… … Read entire article »

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The town of Lenox has a profound responsibility to treat its natural legacy with respect and deliberation. Once construction begins, Lenox Mountain will cease to exist as it does today… For those who are keeping a scorecard here are the results of yesterday evening’s meeting: 3 nays 2 nays (or “maybe’s” but only after several more detailed, independent studies are performed and then only after public forums discussing those results and agreement by the citizens of Lenox) 1 yea. The three working subgroups each issued reports. The only subgroup that issued two separate opinions was the health group. 1. Health a. Dr. Michael Kaplan — Accepted the state “experts” panel report at face value and recommends the town continue to move forward. He thinks that with proper education (propaganda?) along with some “mitigation” for those within one … Read entire article »

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WESRA Officially DEAD

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Cudnohufsky: Confession and Wisdom.

My One-Time, Tacit Support of Industrial Wind: A Confessional by Walter Cudnohufsky January 20, 2012 –Via  MasterResource A free-market energy blog On a regular basis, friends are surprised to learn of my recently voiced concerns about industrial wind. Enlightened, perceptive and thoughtful people, they share much of my concern for our earth and human communities. They ask me, “Isn’t wind a good thing? What concerns you and why? Wind is a large renewable resource used for centuries! We are behind the rest of the world in the use of wind power! We need to address climate change. What is your solution?” These friends have not incorporated wind energy investigation into their busy lives. With climate change, unemployment, a stagnant economy, health care legislation and a war all screaming for attention, there is to be expected a … Read entire article »

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Latest WERP News

–via Berkshire Eagle at  Please read and add your comments. At Thursday night’s Town Hall meeting, turbine supporter Dr. Michael Kaplan praised the study, while project opponents were highly skeptical. The panel now has a Feb. 15 target date to deliver its conclusions to the Select Board. Three sub-groups have been examining the health, environmental and financial impact of the proposal to build one or two municipal turbines atop the ridge line overlooking Lenox and Richmond. “The science does not tell us we shouldn’t be doing it,” Kaplan asserted. Project opponent Christopher Magee has prepared an alternate summary on health impacts. “We’ll come up with a single report with two different conclusions,” Kaplan predicted. He called the state report by a panel of experts “a higher level of information than we had before, more useful … Read entire article »

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B’Eagle Non-Ideological Editorial

From a different perspective: (Thanks to ThinkThoughtThunk wherever you are!!) Click here for the original B’eagle editorial and to add your comments!! … Read entire article »

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Calvin Martin and Eric Bibler respond to the “experts” in “To pee or not to pee on peer review?” May I make the following modest proposal: I suggest we visit Mr. Kimmell at his next press conference — and bring a five pound hammer. I suggest that we insist that Mr. Kimmell allow us to smash the fingers of his right hand against the lectern, where he is speaking in front of the assembled ladies and gentlemen of the press, taking care not to break any bones, which might provide obvious evidence of “harm.” Then I propose that we observe Mr. Kimmell’s reaction to this “mere annoyance.” If Mr. Kimmell protests — even if he howls — we will inform him that although we “sympathize” with his distress, … Read entire article »

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Northborough says no!

Congratulations to Northborough The Fairhaven Selectboard Meeting The Fairhaven Select board does not allow Windwise and those concerned with the health and safety issues to speak. The public access cameras are turned off by an obnoxious smirking selectman.  While the cameras are turned off the selectboard agrees to a public forum. Once the cameras are turned back on they say that all concerns will be presented to the developer and “experts”. … Read entire article »

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Wind-power: expensive and ineffective

[Wind-power] is expensive and yet it is not effective in cutting CO2 emissions. If it were not for the renewables targets set by the Renewables Directive, wind-power would not even be entertained as a cost-effective way of generating electricity or cutting emissions. The renewables targets should be renegotiated with the EU. [p. 30] The focus on wind-power, driven by the renewables targets, is preventing Britain from effectively reducing CO2 emissions, while crippling energy users with additional costs, according to a new Civitas report. The report finds that wind-power is unreliable and requires back-up power stations to be available in order to maintain a consistent electricity supply to households and businesses. This means that energy users pay twice: once for the window-dressing of renewables, and again for the fossil fuels that the energy … Read entire article »

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Bad mojo from King, cynicism from California

Here is a guy who WON’T be getting our votes: The depth of King’s misunderstanding and ignorance on this issue is monumental.  Click on the image to read more on his position. The expiring federal production tax credit which drives the entire wind industry (hint: gives huge amounts of our money to the wind corporations) is having effects all over. The wind industry lobbying effort is pedal to the metal in its efforts to get it reinstated. Hysterical claims of job losses, etc. Here is a story from California on one small part … … Read entire article »

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Dictators and lessons from destruction

Quote of the day: There are many days when I wish I were a benevolent dictator, but that’s not what we operate under. – Greg Federspiel, Berkshire Eagle, 1/13/12 Although Greg was probably joking, these jokers in Morrison, Wisconsin aren’t… Learning lessons in Lowell Vermont LISTEN:   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":"1914","image":"","playerReady":"function(obj) { document.getElementById(obj['id']) = document.getElementById(obj['id']).getPluginConfig('controlbar')['height'] + 'px'; }","icons":"","file":"http:\/\/\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/2012\/01\/20120111_vpr_slayton.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":""}}]}); Lowell Mountains last month … Read entire article »

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Duxbury says NO!

Congratulations to Duxbury! This follows some wild (and laughable) accusations by the co-chairs of the Duxbury Alternative Energy Committee And, of course, Duxbury Windwise is an all volunteer, grassroots organization, just like PLM — scraping by on hard work from its members. And there is this from the excellent site, West Virginia Higlands Voice WIND POWER: IS IT WORTH IT? By Mark Morgan The heavily funded and admittedly effective US industrial wind lobby portrays its product as descending from old-world windmills. Close your eyes and you’ll surely imagine these magnificent machines gently turning in the breeze . each kilowatt arriving at your reading lamp courtesy of a rosy -cheeked Hummel child. Existing solely to save the planet by generating clean, affordable and environmentally friendly electricity, you can be sure that any addition to the plant owner’s … Read entire article »

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Foreign Companies Reap Windfall, Protests Continue, and This Year in Review

WAMC reports on the massive amounts of ratepayer and taxpayer money going to foreign energy giants like Iberdrola — once they rape our National Forests and exploit our precious natural resources In Searsburg, VT, a 15-turbine wind project was recently approved by the Green Mountain National Forest. The plan to build the turbines, known as the Deerfield Wind project, is being undertaken by Iberdrola Renewables, a Spanish Company. Iberdrola will need 80 acres of National Forest land to construct the turbines. The turbines will be reaching a height of 410 feet. 144 acres of habitat will be set aside for native bear populations, but wildlife advocates are concerned. Eleanor Tillinghast of Green Berkshires is one of the voices speaking out. Massachusetts State Representative Gail … Read entire article »

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Wind Panel News…

Clarence Fanto wrote an artice about last weeks WERP meeting: UPDATE: The Board of Selectman’s agenda was very full last night so they did not have time to fit in the Wind Energy Panel discussion.  The WERP deadline extension request will be taken up at the next meeting of the BOS on the 18th of January. … Read entire article »

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