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From:                                   DRA [dra-bounces@defendruralamerica.com] on behalf of Kirk਍ഀ MacKenzie [kirk@silentnomorepublications.com]

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Sent:                                    Thursday, September 15, 2016 8:55 AM

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To:                                        Citizens Newswire; DRA

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Subject:                                [DRA] 1345 SOLAR POWER IS A SHAM

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Attachments:                      ATT00135.txt

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਍ഀ http://freedomoutpost.com/wind-turbines-rusting-giants-of-the-environmental-watermelon-religion/

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Wind Turbines, Rusting Giants of the਍ഀ Environmental Watermelon Religion

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I saw the once verdant wheat fields of Eastern Europe਍ഀ covered with ugly wind turbines, slowly spinning their huge਍ഀ blades into the wind. A few funnel dust swirls were blowing the topsoil into਍ഀ the air. They did not appear to be connected to any storage station that would਍ഀ distribute the electrical power generated. I searched and found out that they਍ഀ were really not connected to any network, were not generating usable਍ഀ electricity, they were all for show to placate the “green growth” European਍ഀ bureaucrats who gave them money to install the eye sores instead of growing਍ഀ crops.

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Turbines kill਍ഀ birds on a large scale around the world and disturb humans and wildlife.਍ഀ  According to Save the Eagles International, “contrary to what we are਍ഀ told, wind farms will cause the extinction of many bird and bat species”਍ഀ because birds are naturally attracted to tall structures.

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While millions of਍ഀ birds and bats are dying needlessly, wind turbines and solar panels are still਍ഀ installed around the world despite the fact that they produce inconsistent਍ഀ energy that cannot possibly replace the consistent and cheap energy produced by਍ഀ coal. The world’s economy needs fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and hydro-power਍ഀ that provide a constant source of electricity, not the small scale partial or਍ഀ intermittent Aeolian or solar energy.

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In the green state਍ഀ of Vermont, a 28-turbine mega-wind project is being vehemently opposed by some਍ഀ board members and citizens in the towns of Windham and Grafton, concerned that਍ഀ the power station would affect property values and the environment.

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Iberdrola, the਍ഀ Spanish public multinational utility company based in Bilbao, Spain, proposed਍ഀ the project. Subsidiaries include Scottish Power, Iberdrola USA, and Elektro਍ഀ Brazil, with the largest shareholder in 2013, Qatar Investment Holding.

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Frank Seawright,਍ഀ Windham Selectboard Chairman, remarked that more than 200 houses in Windham are਍ഀ located within a mile and a half from the proposed turbines and the rest are਍ഀ also close, including his own home, 3,000 feet from the proposed site.

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Lacking confidence that the developers and the Public਍ഀ Service Board will protect the locals in accordance to S.260, Seawright said:

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“The people who਍ഀ complain about the noise are dismissed by wind developers as just a bunch of਍ഀ trouble makers. That’s probably one of the worst things they can do is to just਍ഀ blame the victim.”

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Act 174 (S.260),਍ഀ act relating to improving the siting of energy projects in Vermont passed and was signed into law in June 2016.

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The Selectboard sent a letter to Iberdrola citing਍ഀ their well-founded concern for water quality, wildlife, and human health.

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“We are unwilling਍ഀ to subject any of our town’s property owners to the unknown short- and਍ഀ long-term effects of exposure to turbine noise, vibration, infrasound, and਍ഀ shadow flicker.” (Source)

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According to the਍ഀ Watchdog, the Selectboard members were concerned that the turbines would not਍ഀ produce consistent power, delivering on the average 60 percent of the time, and਍ഀ would destroy property values with no compensation for homeowners.

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National਍ഀ Wind Watch tells a different story about the efficacy of wind਍ഀ turbine performance.

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“Wind turbines਍ഀ generate electrical energy when they are not shut down for maintenance, repair,਍ഀ or tours and the wind is between about 8 and 55 mph. Below a wind speed of਍ഀ around 30 mph, however, the amount of energy generated is very small.਍ഀ Wind turbines produce at or above their average rate around 40% of the time.਍ഀ Conversely, they produce little or no power around 60% of the਍ഀ time.”

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The annual਍ഀ financial benefit from Iberdrola would be $715,000 for Windham and $285,000 for਍ഀ Grafton. The most interesting objection was the “utilities lack of need਍ഀ for purchasing additional wind power” – they don’t need the electricity.਍ഀ  Additional concerns were Iberdrola’s $27 million fine from Spain’s਍ഀ National Markets and Competition Commission and the higher cost of਍ഀ wind-generated electricity.

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Watchdog quoted਍ഀ Seawright, who was frustrated with the Vermont government, “hell bent on਍ഀ getting these things:” [wind turbines]

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“I have always voted਍ഀ for Democrats, (but) now I’m more concerned about the Democrats than the਍ഀ Republicans. The Democrats here seem to be exploiting the countryside.”

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As long as there਍ഀ are government subsidies for wind and solar power projects to be exploited,਍ഀ despite the many failures and bankruptcies when billions of taxpayer dollars਍ഀ have been wasted, politics make strange bedfellows with “investors” and਍ഀ “developers.”

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In 2001 a 400-acre਍ഀ site became a wind farm in Somerset Township, Pennsylvania. It was touted to਍ഀ produce 25,000 megawatt hours of electricity a year, enough to provide power to਍ഀ 2,500 families with “lower-cost, more environmentally friendly way to produce਍ഀ electricity.” This happened at a time when 52 percent of electricity in the਍ഀ U.S. was generated by coal-fired plants and for Pennsylvania, “the fourth਍ഀ largest coal-producing state, the figure is about 60 percent.”

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Money came from sustainable਍ഀ energy funds and developers received federal energy tax credits. As John Hanger਍ഀ of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future said, “This is a terrific Earth Day਍ഀ present for the people of Pennsylvania. PECO customers will be the first in the਍ഀ commonwealth to directly help the planet through their local electricity਍ഀ choices.”

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If these wind਍ഀ farms could have helped the citizens’ pockets, it would have been terrific. For਍ഀ starters, they had to pay higher electricity rates and some lost their਍ഀ coal-mining jobs as a result of mines closing around the country due to onerous਍ഀ EPA regulations. The other damaging side effects were felt later.

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When I stopped in਍ഀ Somerset a few days ago, the turbine blades did not seem to move at all. An਍ഀ educational display was still posted outside the turnpike service plaza, with਍ഀ all the potential savings for the Earth from harnessing wind power. No mention਍ഀ of the huge costs associated with such a pie in the sky watermelon dream.

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When the wind਍ഀ turbines break down, catch fire, rust out, or their blades disintegrate, they਍ഀ are abandoned by the thousands, ugly giants dotting the pristine landscape.਍ഀ They are seldom removed because the job would be too expensive. None of them਍ഀ have produced, by the time they were taken out of service, the amount of energy਍ഀ that was used to manufacture the giant turbine in the first place. And, the਍ഀ part that environmentalist do not like to talk about, is that all the steel,਍ഀ spare parts, transportation, assembly, maintenance, and slow wind down times਍ഀ were provided by fossil fuel-generated power.

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As the American਍ഀ Elephants said, wind turbines are “the towering symbols of a fading religion”਍ഀ and… “Without government subsidy, they are unaffordable. With governments਍ഀ facing financial troubles, the subsidies are unaffordable. It was a nice dream,਍ഀ a very expensive dream, but it didn’t work.”

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I might add that਍ഀ it was a dream born by the environmental watermelon religion, green on the਍ഀ outside, red on the inside.

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