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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 »

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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 appeared in dozens of publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Review, Washington Post, American Conservative, The Nation, … Read entire article »

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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, and the Rise of Texas, America’s Superstate, was published in 2004. His third book, Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of “Energy … Read entire article »

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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 designated the entire ridge as a Forest Legacy Preserve. Preserve the Berkshires applauds the Lenox BOS for taking these steps and … Read entire article »

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UP or DOWN?

The Lenox Board of Selectman meet tonight and will vote to accept or reject the proposal for two 430 foot tall wind turbines on the ridge of Lenox Mountain. 7pm. Lenox Town Hall. Please be there to witness the vote. Dead on arrival. That’s the likely fate of the long-debated municipal wind turbine proposal following an informational forum attended by nearly 100 Lenox and Richmond residents. -Clarence Fanto And from the Beacon (click to enlarge): Last night’s Lee DEP/DPH Smackdown Ken Kimmel and Alicia McDevitt both squirmed in their seats from time to time as they heard time and time again about the shortcomings of the report they commissioned to push forward Deval Patrick’s goal of 2000MW of Wind Energy by 2020.  Ken Kimmel and other DEP folks tried to spin their position last night and … 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 working towards a first … 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 real problems, often with no … 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 other pro-windies to task over … 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 many folks across the Commonwealth … 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, Senator Downing supported WESRA … 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-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":"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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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 for the full content of … 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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Energy Subsidies, Big Wind, and Benexplotation

WERP Panel Article in the Berkshire Eagle — read and comment. Attorney General Martha Coakley at the Green Community Act (GCA) Oversight hearing last week: The GCA  programs will cost more than $4 billion over the next four years, which will cause the total delivered costs of electricity to rise an estimated seven percent for consumers. Sen. Lamar Alexander last year: “So I ask the question: If wind has all these drawbacks, is a mature technology, and receives subsidies greater than any other form of energy per unit of actual energy produced, why are we subsidizing it with billions of dollars and not including it in [the energy subsidy] debate? Why are we talking about Big Oil and not talking about Big Wind?” So, Madam President, the Republican plan … Read entire article »

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In the papers.

Realtors get it. It doesn’t take much convincing for realtors to understand the impact of industrial size wind turbines on the Berkshires in general and their livelihoods in particular. … Read entire article »

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Articles and Letters.

We had quite a bit of reading this to do this Sunday.  Earlier in the week, The Berkshire Record published a front page story on WESRA — the Deval plan to wrest local control of wind turbine siting away from the towns of Berkshire County.  At the PLM meeting with Andrea Nucifero was very supportive of the Berkshires.  Andrea stepped up immediately and pledged his support to help defeat WESRA.  This is in sharp contrast to Ben Downing who, as of our last encounter, reported he is still “doing his homework” on WESRA..  Leading vs. Fence-sitting. In the Sunday Eagle we got two stories on the Lenox initiative and the trials and tribulations of the Wind Energy Research Panel. This weekend, following a pleasant walk in the woods, the WERP had … Read entire article »

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On the subject of health.

CANWEA, the Canadian Wind Energy Association recently changed it’s messaging on the Health effects of Wind Turbines admitting for the first time some may fall ill.  And this study was just published: … Read entire article »

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The Sunday Papers

Enlightenment on Cape Cod. Lenox heats up despite snowy weather Over 100 intrepid citizens showed up during the first snow storm of the year to Preserve Lenox Mountain’s Industrial Wind in the Berkshire event at the Lenox Community Center.  Our guest speaker, Eleanor Tillinghast, the President of Green Berkshires, had the rapt attention of the crowd. A lively Q&A followed. Please stay tuned for news about our next Industrial Wind in the Berkshires event which will be coming soon. Clarence Fanto who attended the event, published this article in today’s print edition of the Berkshire Eagle. … Read entire article »

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