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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:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/player\/player.swf","width":"400","height":"40","controlbar":"bottom","skin":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/plugins\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/skins\/simplicity.zip","dock":"false","autostart":"false","mediaid":"1914","image":"","playerReady":"function(obj) { document.getElementById(obj['id']).parentNode.style.height = document.getElementById(obj['id']).getPluginConfig('controlbar')['height'] + 'px'; }","icons":"","file":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/2012\/01\/20120111_vpr_slayton.mp3","modes":[{"type":"flash","src":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/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 … 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 … 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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Notable

From the North East Kingdom The Wind Energy Research Panel met on the 29th This year’s last meeting of Lenox, Massachusett’s Wind Energy Research Panel almost DIDN’T take place.  A quorum was gained by the last minute arrival of Jaimie Cahillaine, the only pro-wind panel member who showed up.  Chris Magee, Jo Anne Magee, Chan Gibson were attending on the pro-ridge side and Selectman Ken Fowler moderated. Because things were so lopsided, the meeting focused on process and scheduling issues. Ken, the moderator, will be away for the next two weeks so it was agreed that the next meeting will be on the 19th. During the intervening time, the subgroups will try to continue … Read entire article »

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Recent sound and fury

We’ve spotted a few recent items related to the health effects of industrial wind turbines sited too close to people.  Because of the recent discussion by the Lenox Wind Energy Research Panel about safe setbacks (as well as the financial impact to Lenox) we thought these were worth highlighting. This paper addresses not only the issues of wind energy policy where it violates the basic living environment of families and the adverse health effects ofwind turbine noise, but also assesses the considerable number of anecdotal reports from people living with wind turbine noise. As noted in the authors’ 2007 paper, although there are many who dismiss anecdotal reports as inconsequential or meaningless, these reports are from real people, living with … Read entire article »

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Just blew in…

The latest on Lenox… And this one full of half facts..  … Read entire article »

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Infrasound and Health

More on health impacts due to inaudible, intense levels of infrasound emitted by turbines. … Read entire article »

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WESRA news hits the Eagle

A couple days later… “Downing’s goal … before the end of the current session…”? I guess we’ve got some more work to do.  And that work will need to start very soon. And other news… And the American Bird Conservancy takes a stand… … Read entire article »

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WERP Health and Pleasant Valley Audubon

The Lenox Wind Energy Research Panel met on Thursday night.  Among the issues addressed, Dr. Michael Kaplan, who just last week stated he thought, “Residents living within a mile of a turbine might have to move and sell their homes,” seemed hell-bent on backpedaling on that issue but, in the end, explicitly stood by what he had said in the prior meeting. Here is the video from the prior meeting: And this is from last night: Dr. Kaplan (who obviously still has fundamental misconceptions about the relationship between infrasound, audible frequency sounds, and the likely health effects seen world-wide) backpedals on his previous statements and then, under questioning by Chan Gibson, reaffirms his statement from last week. A member of the audience, Richard Sealy, also took Kaplan and the … Read entire article »

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Downing stands up and WESRA goes down.

Bravo Ben! Senator Ben Downing, Chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee, stood up for his constituents and announced he is recommending that the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act (WESRA) be sent down for “Further study” effectively ending debate on the measure for this legislative session.  He told the administration, John Keenan and the environmental community today before announcing it tonight in Great Barrington. Preserve Lenox Mountain applauds Ben for making this courageous choice and thank him for hearing all of us on this issue. A full report on the energy forum is forthcoming but, for now, please enjoy the video! Huge thanks to all who attended tonight’s events (Great Barrington, Richmond, and Lenox).  And many thanks to the tireless efforts of Windwise, Green Berkshires, all the … Read entire article »

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Ben, get down from that fence.

Tonight at 5:30pm We need you and as many people as possible to attend the forum to ask him questions. If you feel shy about speaking publicly, please come to hear his answers and to lend support to everyone else who might want to talk. The senator is the co-chair of the state legislature’s Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy committee, so his opinions and decisions are very important. A couple of weeks ago, the state senate president said about WESRA: “I think wind power has to be part of the solution for our energy fixes but I don’t believe losing local control is the way to go, so I would have to support my towns who don’t support the siting bill.”  – Therese Murray Unfortunately, … Read entire article »

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Dr. Ben Luce at Monument Mountain

“Some proponents of ridge line wind assert “we need it all”, that is, all possible renewable energy development. This simplistic assertion does not withstand a careful consideration of the actual potential for wind generation in the Eastern US, or the potential and prospects for alternatives to wind power, or the potential negative consequences of ridge line wind development on both the environment and the progress of renewable energy development in general.” — Dr. Ben Luce Dr. Luce’s formal training as a scientist, along with his work as alternative energy researcher, his love for the environment, and his experiences with legislation and public policy all work together to help him to bring a unique blend of … Read entire article »

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Wind panel shifts

Often, as reasonable people learn about the high-impacts and the low-benefits of ridgeline wind, they come to the conclusion that it is better to put resources into something else.  Maybe the surprise is the speed at which this learning process seems to be proceeding in Lenox. All of the volunteer members of the Wind Research Panel, along with the moderator, Ken Fowler, are doing an amazing job.  The amount of work and thought they’ve put into this is a model-lesson in civics. Here is some reporting from Clarence! And this one. … Read entire article »

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Ben Luce Lecture is this Friday.

Too Close. Please help distribute postcards this Wedneday and Thursday. Flyers are available to print and distribute now. If you need some cards to distribute, please email us at preserve @ preservelenoxmountain.org and we will get some to you. Arrests at Lowell Mountain in Vermont Audio account of arrests by Vermont Public Radio, interview with the JOURNALIST WHO WAS ARRESTED along with the protestors: jwplayer('jwplayer-3').setup({"flashplayer":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/player\/player.swf","width":"400","height":"40","controlbar":"bottom","skin":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/plugins\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/skins\/simplicity.zip","dock":"false","autostart":"false","mediaid":"1700","image":"","playerReady":"function(obj) { document.getElementById(obj['id']).parentNode.style.height = document.getElementById(obj['id']).getPluginConfig('controlbar')['height'] + 'px'; }","icons":"","file":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/2011\/12\/2way-1206o.mp3","modes":[{"type":"flash","src":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/player\/player.swf"},{"type":"html5","config":{"streamer":"","provider":""}},{"type":"download","config":{"streamer":"","provider":""}}]}); Much more on this developing story is at MountainTalk  – http://lowellmountainsnews.wordpress.com/ … Read entire article »

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High cost electricity costs jobs

UPDATE: This issue was discussed by Ben Downing and Therese Murray, Senate President, during the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues” meeting this morning.  Senator Murray voiced, for the first time publicly, her opposition to the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act. Meanwhile, Ben Downing is still sitting on the fence, unwilling to answer any question about WESRA directly and reminding everyone within earshot of how eager he is to hear from everyone on the issue and trumpeting his upcoming Energy Forum The Berkshire Eagle and iBerkshires covered the story: Immediately after the meeting, PLM handed Senator Murray a letter signed by the PLM attendees asking her to help defeat WESRA and to work to declare a moratorium on further industrial wind developments (click on the … Read entire article »

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The perspective of history.

Dr. Carole Owens is a Stockbridge resident and Executive Director of the historic Allen House in Pittsfield, which was built in 1886 and added to the National Historic Register in 1980.  Dr. Owens has taught at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Elderhostel, the Smithsonian Institution and many other places of learning.  She is the author of a dozen books, many of them on the history of the Berkshires and has served as a consultant to many television channels. She is a regular columnist for the Berkshire Eagle on the history of our area but, as you can see, she has chosen to write this for the Berkshire Record which is fast becoming recognized as the best newspaper in Berkshire County.  Click on the image … Read entire article »

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Hornet’s nests and Jet Planes

Stirring up the Hornet’s nest. More like a pit full of vipers. Attorney General Martha Coakley is taking incoming flak from the sellout-ex-enviros who routinely shill for the industrial-wind-complex and know-nothing Deval Administration Bureaucrats because she had the audacity to point out that we are unwisely spending massive amounts subsidizing “green” energy alternatives.  Those folks don’t much like reality intruding on their carefully orchestrated march into fake green tokenism — aka industrial-wind-turbines on each hilltop. As the article points out, these same faux-enviros and Deval Patrick admin flacks want to keep big hydro and energy efficiency out of the forefront of the fight against global warming despite efforts by smart folks in the business community who make suggestions like this: Under current law, many renewable power generators are subsidized by ratepayers. … Read entire article »

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With Winter comes a Warning

With Winter comes a Warning

Some residents of Ontario spotted this in their mailboxes this week: But ice being thrown from turbines is not exactly “new” news.  Here is a blog entry from the New York Times in 2009. And this from the UK: Some folks have pictures: Scientists and “country people” vs. Snake Oil Wind Turbine Salespeople: … Read entire article »

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