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Giving ‘renewable’ a bad name

September 26, 2012

http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20120926/OPINION02/709269965

September 26,2012
I recently read David Blittersdorf’s article in the Green Energy Times. He seems to like labels like “environmentalists” for both individuals and institutions. He includes the Vermont Natural Resources Council among them who, as he says, are blinded by their own inaccurate information. He uses the label wind opponents, which is incomplete in itself, as they are actually destructive industrial wind opponents. Who wouldn’t oppose the destruction of Vermont ridgelines for huge corporate profits?

Blittersdorf and all other industrial wind developers like the label of wind farms. Who ever heard of a farm devastating the land it sits on? He talks about the industrial wind opponents he says are the biggest storytellers of detrimental fiction he has ever seen. But take a look at Lowell Mountain. Is that devastating destruction only fiction?

These industrial wind developers wanting to be labeled as saviors from global warming might actually be more correctly labeled political opportunists and modern day carpetbaggers. By making contributions to political leaders such as Gov. Shumlin in order to create their own politically friendly opportunity and by taking advantage of financially stressed towns, they fit both of these labels.

Mr. Blittersdorf likes the label renewable, but how does an industry, namely industrial wind, that destroys delicate ecosystems and causes irreparable damage and destruction to the very essence of Vermont, the ridgelines themselves, call itself renewable? This industry gives the term renewable a bad name; e.g. Lowell Mountain again.

Using one of Mr. Blittersdorf’s own phases, “What was most disheartening was the knowledge that all of this waste and degradation is extremely shortsighted.” Could it be all for personal gain and profit? Blittersdorf says he wants the majority of the population to move to cities and towns. Surely he has forgotten what rural Vermont means. And by destroying Vermont ridgelines he has also forgotten what Vermont means.

What’s in a label anyways? Does it all mean “all for profit”?

ALLEN A. MILLS
Florence

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Vanessa permalink
    September 26, 2012 11:50 pm

    Indeed. Reunion Power/Eisenberg, Blittersdorf, Greed Mountain Power, and those Big wind developers before and after them: it is THEY who’ve made ‘wind’ a ‘four-letter word’
    here in Vermont. At best, they have led our elected politcians around by the NOSE, dangling carrots and funding campaign ‘war chests,’ and rendering said politicians incapable of critical thinking. Worse, this irrational “goldrush-for-renewables(tax credits)” is (1) a distraction of disastrous proportions from real climate change solutions AND (2) a money-pit of criminal proportions during a time when we should be looking at the qualities & assets of our state, and so preserving and conserving and protecting what we want to sustain AS WHAT DEFINES VERMONT.

    The labels & maligning, by the developers against environmentalists & those who are standing for Vermont’s ridgelines, are distracting, dismissive and incomplete and I’ve seen some that are insultingly disrespectful, outright lies. Further, In the immediate face of grave climate change issues, polticians and elected officials and representatives need to prioritize proactive, community-based, financially-sound, environmentally-protective, Vermont-friendly-not developer-centric solutions for Vermont!

  2. Jim Wiegand permalink
    September 27, 2012 11:21 am

    All they deserve is a a bad name.

    The old USFWS estimate of 440,000 birds killed annually is based on only 25GW of installed capacity. Today in the US we are at 53 GW of installed capacity, with another 10,000 MW currently under construction. Some studies from out of this country show a death rate of over 100 birds per MW from wind turbines but the AWEA estimates only 2.9 birds killed per MW. These numbers might as well come from Syria and Iran because the real numbers are at least 10 times higher. The bottom line is this ……the public has been lied to about these impacts for decades so the industry could prosper.
    This year nearly 3 times whooping cranes went missing during their migration when compared to the disastrous year of 2008-2009. In 2012 their population should be around 400 but they only counted 192 last year. The USFWS claimed the missing cranes died from the drought. I believe it was a cover story. The testimony given at the whooping crane trial in Texas states that the cranes died even before they arrived in Aransas and no bodies or evidence was provided during the trial substantiate that the cranes died from the drought. Everyone interested should read the transcript. It is gives very different account than the stories told in National Geographic and other articles.
    Here is what Tom Stehn said in this article about the wind industry threat to whooping cranes…………..http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23389384/ns/us_news-environment/t/wind-turbines-may-threaten-whooping-cranes
    “Basically you can overlay the strongest, best areas for wind turbine development with the whooping crane migration corridor,” said Tom Stehn, whooping crane coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    The service estimates as many as 40,000 turbines will be erected in the U.S. section of the whooping cranes’ 200-mile wide migration corridor.”
    With 40,000 wind turbines in the whooping crane migration corridor, it will create over 16 billion cubic feet of airspace with turbine blades spinning at 200 mph. These figures do not include the wind developments north of the US border in Canada. This is why the free flying population can not possibly survive in the years to come. As Tom Stehn says in the above statement, the best winds for migration carry the cranes right into the wind farms.
    If anybody is scratching their heads and wondering where the cranes are going consider the conditions that exist for the wind industry. The industry has their own special USFWS “voluntary regulations” that offer no accountability, they use bogus mortality searches around turbines with search areas 8-10 times too small, there are gag orders are written into contracts with leaseholders and employees, there is high security at all wind farms, and the wind industry personnel are picking up bodies and hiding them. Some whooping cranes are wearing GPS transmitters, but if one happens to die at a wind farm with a transmitter on, they know the drill, just take the transmitter and give it a ride away from the site.

    All these conditions enable the industry to conceal their impacts. The whooping Crane flock lost approximately 100 members last year.
    Then there are the missing Golden Eagles that have died in Texas. Where are these records? Studies have proven how deadly these turbines are to the golden eagle. At the 580 MW Altamont Pass, studies have shown that wind turbines kill golden eagles at rate of 75– 116 or 0.13 – 0.2 per MW per year. Altamont Pass is not unique because at every wind farm located in eagle habitat, there are the same deadly combination of circumstances, wind currents, prey species, soaring eagles, and huge blades ripping through the air hundreds of feet up. Golden eagles have to eat and they are smashed from the air at all wind farms located in eagle habitat because they are forced to hunt around these turbines. By my estimates 3000-5000 golden eagles have perished in Texas over the last 20 years.
    In the last two months I have uncovered very credible evidence of a massive population decline for the golden eagle in CA. The habitat is there but the eagles are not. I believe this abandonment of habitat is due primarily to 20 plus years of high eagle mortality at wind farms. The region covers an area of 35,000-40,000 square miles of eagle habitat or 20-25% of the state. The population decline in the order of 80-90%. This evidence has been presented in a Declaration for lawsuit against the Wind industry in southern CA. .

    It is long overdue for the public to KILL OFF the Wind industry.

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