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Industrial Wind Farms Banned

December 4, 2007

From the Editor: I think everyone fighting against the plague that is wind farms should write a note thanking the CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG for doing it’s duty. That duty is look out for the best interest of it’s citizens. Everyone needs to make sure that their council reads this and “DEMAND” that they implement the Resolution set out by the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission.

Resolution of the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission

Industrial Wind Farms

The Gillespie County Economic Development Commission opposes the construction of industrial wind farms in Gillespie County and the surrounding Texas Hill Country area. This position is taken after a careful consideration of the issues associated with the economic and environmental impact of industrial wind farms.

The Hill Country is a jewel of Texas. It is highly touted and highly regarded for its landscapes and scenic beauty. It is a desirable area to both visit and live and property values and the robustness of the tourism economy reflect its attractiveness. Wind turbines are incompatible with the elements that make the Hill Country special. Their presence would cause irreversible harm. There is ample reason to believe that industrial wind farms would cause a general reduction in property values and would cause a significant reduction in tourism. Our county and city governments and our school districts are responsible and fiscally conservative. Accordingly, the loss of revenue from reduced tourist dollars and a tax based reduced by declining property values will result in a corresponding tax rate increase. Tax increases do not stimulate economic vitality.

The environmental impact of industrial wind farms is known. Wind turbines create a noise that is described as a penetrating low-frequency thudding vibration that travels even further than the measured audible noise. The spinning blades can create a flickering light on one side of a blade and a flickering shadow on the other side that can literally cause humans and animals to experience spatial disorientation. The spinning blades also kill and maim birds and bats. Each tower requires a cleared area of several acres at its base and the towers must be connected by roads capable of handling heavy equipment. The destruction of the landscape and wildlife habitat required for this is permanent. And, each tower is required to be lighted with a flashing red light at night. These adverse environmental impacts are a direct cause of the reduction in property values mentioned earlier.

The economic development commission generally applauds the search for alternative energy sources to satisfy our increasing demands. However, the commission is skeptical about the real potential for wind power’s contribution.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that wind power has the potential to contribute 1.2% of our energy demand by the year 2030. To achieve this miniscule contribution to energy needs the federal government subsidizes the construction of wind farms through production tax credits and accelerated depreciation schedules. This essentially passes along a majority of the cost of construction of wind farms to taxpayers. The Gillespie County Economic Development Commission believes that the potential economic loss to the community is grossly out of proportion to the immeasurably small potential contribution industrial wind farms here could make to the energy solution.

The economic development commission respects the rights of individual property owners to make decision regarding their property without outside interference. However, the commission is concerned that property owners who exercise their property rights and sign lease options with industrial wind companies are actually relinquishing control of their property. While industrial wind farms may provide some economic benefit to the participating land owner, adjacent landowners will experience a decrease in property values and other adverse effects which effectively infringes upon their property rights. And there are additional complications. Transmission lines will be required to move the electricity from the wind farms to the electric grid. It is likely that eminent domain would be used to acquire rights-of-way for new transmission lines from non-participating, unwilling land owners.

To summarize, the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission believes that concern for the economic cost to the Gillespie County community as a whole far outweighs consideration of uncertain financial benefits to a few and a marginal at best contribution to future energy needs.

WHEREAS, there are now and there may be other companies in the future who are attempting to enter into lease agreements with landowners in Gillespie County for the purpose of erecting wind turbines (wind farms) on the scenic landscape of our community; and

WHEREAS, the construction of such wind farms will certainly be detrimental to the wildlife habitat of the area; and

WHEREAS, wind farms erected with the shadows of Enchanted Rock will forever scar a popular recreational asset of the area; and

WHEREAS, the construction of such wind farms will destroy the peaceful existence of the quality of life the residents of Gillespie County have come to enjoy over the years by generating noise from the turbines, creating “shadow, strobe or flicker” effects; and

WHEREAS, it is widely accepted by professional appraisers and members of the real estate community that land values where wind farms are built and the land of the adjoining property owners will be devalued by an estimated 25% to as much as 50% of its market value; and

WHEREAS, according to ERCOT wind study maps, the amount of wind generated in this area is in the bottom 20% of the available wind locations in the state of Texas; and

WHEREAS, the City has so agreed, and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG:

The construction of wind turbines (wind farms) is not an industry that is welcomed or encouraged to come to the Gillespie County area.

Fredericksburg City Council

3 December 2007

Government Reaction to the TRUTH

April 10, 2007

If you are working to save your community from poorly sited wind farms you probably met people like the ones below

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Wind lobbyist at work (CanweA)

January 10, 2007

Letters from Robert Hornung, president of CanweA, to various govt. departments.

Start at the bottom and read your way to the top.

After the Kyoto Accord was signed, the wind industry who was waiting in the wings, stepped in.

A very good salesman leading an uninformed group of people down the garden path.

The wind industry set the tone from the beginning and continues to do so.

To date I have been unable to find any attempt at discovery by the govt.side as to the truth of claims made by the wind industry.

It looks like the govt. let the wind industry cut their own deal. And a sweet deal it is. You didn’t have any other plans for those billions of dollars did you?

Just yesterday I heard Carol Mitchell MPP for Huron Bruce say “I think wind turbines are majestic” Right out of the wind industry play book.Nice touch Carol

Please read the letters and if you come to a different conclusion than I have please let me know.

http://www.canwea.com/Ontario_Province.cfm

Best slogan gets a Free Coffee

January 7, 2007

What will the Liberal slogan be?
Vote McGuinty ! I’m wasting your money on a green dream.
Got an election slogan for McGuinty?

 

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McGuinty Allows Family To Keep Pet Deer

Bruce and Christina Straby will want to put some salt licks under the tree this Christmas.Premier Dalton McGuinty went from a Grinch to a Santa Claus of sorts for the Greely, Ont. family that was urging provincial politicians to let them spend the season with their beloved and illegal pet.
story and video http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_6375.aspx#cooliris

McGuinty saved a deer because he saw some votes. He is doing the same with the wind farms. Green energy for all.

The problem is the Ontario Liberals aren’t being honest with the public. Their wind farm program is designed to get your vote. I say that, because I can’t find any other use for them. Wind farms will give you high energy prices and an unstable grid. Worse than that, they cause havoc with people and animals that live near them. Yes even deer.

I know people that sleep with their radio on to mask the noise of the turbines. Farms were one place where you could count on quiet. Not anymore. I know of a farmer who sold a bull when it became so agitated, he felt it had become a risk to himself and his family. The same farmer now has cattle bleeding from the nose. Stray current is the likely culprit.

Another couple I met sold their horses. They loved their horses. After the arrival of the turbines they noticed a change. They seemed spooked and agitated when ever they were out of the barn. For their own saftey and the health of the horses, they made the decision to sell them.

Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Twp. is hoping to complete the wind turbine provisions bylaw in January now that EPCOR has submitted plans for the Kingsbridge 2 wind power project. “If the public has any further comments to make, they should make them now,” said Monica Walker-Bolton, of the Huron County planning department. Walker-Bolton said she is still at the information gathering stage. She said she has emailed relevant agencies for information but is not getting much response. She is also waiting for further information from the Health Unit.

Coun. Connie Black and Doug Miller said they agreed with the bylaw but Coun. Barry Millian said 400 metres is plenty close.

“There are ones close to my house that can get plenty loud,” said Millian. “I think 400 metres is stretching it.”

Coun. Carl Sloetjes said council should now consider setting farther setbacks for wind turbines. He said he is concerned with news that the transmission line is full and if more turbines are built the power has nowhere to go.

This Liberal won’t be voting McGuinty if he keeps pushing his useless wind dream on rural Ontario.

What will the Liberal slogan be?
Vote McGuinty! I’m wasting your money on a green dream.
Got an election slogan for McGuinty?

 

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Germany to Build 8 new coal plants

January 4, 2007

Dwight Duncan keeps using Germany as his model for wind power. Wind is the fastest growing energy sector in the world he says.

It might be the fastest growing but the question remains. Does it work?

Germany has very high energy costs. They built 43GW of wind power but only count on it for 2 GW. They have never been able to shut down any base capacity.

Germany is going to build eight new coal fired plants.


Duncan has said the government will agree to build new nuclear reactors should the OPA recommend it. But he says those lobbying the authority to recommend so-called cleaner coal technology and keeping the plants open are a century behind the times.

 

“I say to the Neanderthals . . . we’re moving forward responsibly to ensure that we clean up our air,” Duncan said. “We’re in the 21st century. They’re in the 19th century.”

Mr. Duncan, will you now refer to the Germans as Neanderthals?

 

Europe’s Image Clashes With Reliance on CoalNew York Times

But the new plant, which will be just a demonstration model, pales next to the eight coal-fired power stations Germany plans to build for commercial use

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North Texas Wind Resistance Alliance

December 21, 2006

 

North Texas Wind Resistance
Alliance

Promoting the Truth about Wind Energy

 

HomeDoes it work?Who’s behind it? • What does it harm? • What can we do?ResearchNews

 

 

What does it harm?

   

It squanders our capital on a false promise

 

Let’s start with the squandering of our precious investment capital on a feel-good, phony solution to our energy and environmental problems. We are presently building more than 2,000 1.5 MW turbines per year, at a capital cost of more than $4 billion annually. Add more than $1 billion per year in subsidies and you’re talking massive mal-investment, all ultimately taken from taxpayers and utility ratepayers. For what? To make some mega-corporations richer and our citizens poorer?

It produces very little electricity, at times when we don’t need it, and adds virtually nothing to our generating capacity. ERCOT reported to the Texas Legislature in 2005 that due to wind’s intermittency, and the historical performance of wind turbines in Texas, only 2% of nameplate generator capacity should be considered as “available resource”. That’s right, only 2% !! See the bottom of page 7 and the top of page 8 in the ERCOT Report . (more…)

Tomah Journal – Opinion

December 19, 2006

Letter: Windmills: Ask people of Kewaunee County

Stray voltage, cows dying from uncontrollable bleeding from the nostrils, decline of milk production, decreased property values, strobe light effect throughout the house, noise like a gravel pit, never having it quiet, poor TV reception, ugly, would never buy in this area again. These are but a few of the many similar responses to a survey done in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, on the impacts of the wind turbine operation. The only solution to alleviate some of these problems was to buy out the properties, thereby taking them off of the tax rolls. Seventy-four percent said they would not build or buy within one-fourth mile of the turbines. I recommend that Invenergy pay for a site specific study by an independent company to determine if these and other problems are possible to surface in the proposed Summit Ridge Wind Farm. At the very least, research the potential problems of wind farm development. It would be at that point that a wind farm ordinance be developed, after information is gathered. The people of Kewaunee County learned their lessons the hard way. More information is necessary to make any decisions that have such far-reaching consequences. Inese Strazdins Epstein, RidgevilleTomah Journal – Opinion

The Future of Kincardine?

December 17, 2006

Don’t complain after the windmills are here.

Get active NOW!

Read the information on this site and if you still think wind farms are a good thing for the area, the environment or your pocket book, please read the information again.

The link below will help you understand. Think about 1000 plus of these machines along the Lake Huron shorline.

http://www.stopillwind.org/lowerlevel.php?content=Simulation

The Dena Report (wind energy assessed)

December 15, 2006

 The ABS Wind Power Report concludes that governments, developers and operators should seriously consider their options regarding wind power.

The Wind Power Report is the most important we have produced to date; providing the most comprehensive study of the wind power market today.

We show how the last year has seen marked changes in the national rankings in terms of wind power, both among the wind power market leaders and among the up and coming countries. Sudden activity has pushed some wind power markets forward, others have slowed down as their wind markets matures. With the first real evidence of performance and information on wind power from some of the most authoritative sources in the power industry, the claims for wind power are being called into question; we examine all of these factors in our wind power report.

The Wind Power Report explores the widening of the market to new countries, with many taking their first steps into the market. Wind energy information is provided on the five market leaders of Germany, Spain, the USA, India and Denmark. Significant wind power industry issues are emerging as operational data becomes available from the major wind power operators such as E.ON Netz, Eltra and ESB. Wind power reports have now been published by energy agencies and the network operators in USA, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Ireland, delineating critical problems. Deutsche EnergieAgentur (dena) has published a comprehensive wind power report on German wind power on behalf of the Federal Government, together with the utility and wind and industries. The dena report assessed the capacity credit of wind power in Germany in 2003 as 890-1,230 MW, i.e. 6% of installed wind capacity of 14,603 MW, rising to 1,820-2,300 MW for 36,000 MW installed in 2015, with a reserve capacity requirement of 7,000 MW. The claimed savings in GHG emissions has been questioned. Wind power’s intermittency places a large strain on system balance and where wind power has been promoted for politico/environmental reasons and wind developers have benefited from substantial subsidies, new information on wind energy shows that a reality check is needed.

The ABS Wind Power Report concludes that governments, developers and operators should seriously consider their options regarding wind power.

2006 International Workshop on Landscape Ecology and the problems with windfarms

December 5, 2006

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Jim Mollet
voorzitter Nationaal Kritisch Platform Windenergie
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Press Message



The NKPW (Nationaal Kritisch Platfom Windenergie) brings to your attention the outcome of the

2006 International Workshop on Landscape Ecology and the problems with wind farms

as held last week in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The parties signing the Seoul Green Manifesto, the NKPW and other European participants, urge the EU to take the appropriate measures as requested in the Manifesto to protect our Cultural Heritage from the wind turbines on land locations.

We share concerns about possible global warming and deficiencies in fossil fuels, and from that perspective, we want to emphasize that wind turbines should not be considered as a solution or part of any package tackling the problems. As an old technology, it offers not only no solution for those problems but it drains so many public funds that a real solution which should be based on innovation and research is blocked.

In the meantime the European participants have agreed to organize an European summit in Hamburg, forthcoming January, to bundle their resources. They will invite all countries of the EU to join them, with the purpose to oppose the internationally well organized wind turbine lobby.

We take this opportunity to disclose the key statements made on the press conference held on Jeju Island last week:

Erwin Thorius, Chairman SDE Denmark:

In the last three years no single on-shore wind turbine have been build in Denmark

Stein Malkenes, Chairman Naeringslivets Kystakson,Norway:

The reality is that Jeju Island Governement has to choose, because it is not possible to have both growing tourism and wind turbines; wind turbines have a proven negative impact on tourism

Ferdinand Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Bartenstein, Chairman BLS, Germany

Soon we “celebrate ” the 20.000th wind plant, without replacing even one single small plant of conventional energy

Jim Mollet, Chairman NKPW, the Netherlands

The Republic of Korea impresses all participants with what has been reached. The Koreans refused to become followers of an old technology (wind turbines), and instead are purposed to become leaders in renewable energy by doing research and finding real solutions the world needs.

Information about this press message could be obtained from Jim Mollet, chairman of NKPW telephone number 0031 72 5023280 ja.mollet@planet.nl


Why are we building wind farms in Ontario.

The Ontario Liberals should scrap their wind energy policy NOW! Littering Ontario with wind turbines will not benefit the public. Lives have already been ruined by your wind energy policy.Property values have been affected. Countless hours of precious time and resources have been spent fighting your failed wind policy. Yet you continue to shove wind turbines down our throats .

Give it up Mr. Duncan.

Wind is not the answer, not even in a small way.