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The Green Mountains

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Jul 12, 2012
 
Just think every ridge line in the state with wind turbines on it. Then we could call it The Turbine State instead of The Green Mountain State
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Jul 12, 2012
 
How true!
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Lake Memphremagog, VT

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Jul 16, 2012
 
The Green Mountains

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Jul 31, 2012
 

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Shumlin Defends Lowell Wind
July 19, 2012
BySusan A. Davis
WATERBURY, VT - The word is out: Gov. Peter Shumlin likes Camel's Hump more than Lowell Mountain, at least that's the way wind opponents are interpreting Shumlin's remarks on Wednesday's Mark Johnson Show on WDEV Radio in Waterbury.
Shumlin strongly defended his position to allow Green Mountain Power to construct wind turbine towers on the Lowell ridge tops, even though, at least legally, the governor doesn't get to "allow" or "prohibit" the construction of a wind project, the Vermont Public Service Board does.
But the three-person board (a chair person and two members) is comprised of appointees of the governor and the decision to allow the merger of Central Vermont Public Service with Green Mountain Power (GazMetro) clearly hinged on the willingness of Governor Shumlin to support the deal.
Shumlin stated on the Mark Johnson radio program, "I believe that our biggest challenge is climate change, our need to get off of fossil fuels, and move to renewable as quickly as we know how. And I believe that my kids and your kids and your grandkids, that their future will be determined by how quickly we move. So I am a big believer in renewable energy, harnessing the sun, the wind, our streams through hydro, our forests and our fields through biomass, to ensure that we lead the nation in confronting this crisis head on."
Shumlin said he supported an industrial wind project in Lowell because the residents of Lowell supported it; if the town had said no, Shumlin would have said no. He stated that he listened to both sides and met with industrial wind opponents in Montpelier to hear their views.
The governor's assertion was countered by a press release issued by Energize Vermont in which executive director Lukas Snelling said opponents got only eight minutes of face time with the governor. "An eight-minute meeting with a few people in your office is hardly engaging in a dialogue. Coming to the Town Offices and driving through town is not the same thing as going to the site and talking to neighbors in their homes,” said Snelling.
Not every mountain should host a wind project, Shumlin stated, in a comment that seemed designed to upset opponents of the Lowell project. "We cherish our mountains. Obviously you’d never put wind on top of Camel’s Hump or Mt. Mansfield or any of the other great treasures of our state," Shumlin said.
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With approximately 20 projects under consideration, Shumlin stated that there is "a limited capacity for wind in Vermont" simply because the state isn't big enough to host more projects. For Shumlin, the issue comes down to industrial wind versus the aging Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant. Shumlin stressed the importance of moving ahead with energy innovation.
If Vermonters aren't happy with Shumlin's choices, "(T)he beauty of Vermont is that every two years we get to throw the rascal out if we think they really messed this one up," said the governor.
Republican Randy Brock and Progressive Martha Abbott, both running for governor, agree.
luvofgaia

United States

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Aug 3, 2012
 
Industrial wind turbines are a terrible mistake anywhere in Vermont. We have no need for them at all as we have all the electricity (and more) that we require. What we need is our beautiful, unspoiled mountains and the splendor of life that has existed there for thousands of years. People come from all over the world to visit the beauty of our state. They don't come here to see hills blasted apart for ugly metal factories that spin, kill birds, bats and other animals and make people sick with their noise, infrasound and shadow flicker.
Kick the wind bums out, and tell them to take Peter Shumlin (our 2 year governor) with them.
useless

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If Hawk Rock is such an environmentally sensitive area that people attending the site visit need to be limited, why would the PSB even consider allowing a met tower or wind turbines to be put there? The area has a known peregrine falcon nesting site, rare threatened and endangered species habitat, numerous class 2 wetlands, and abuts conserved land as do the other proposed met tower sites.

There is currently a glut of generation in New England, demand is down, and the wholesale price of power is under $.04 per kwh. If the PSB were looking out for ratepayers and actually applying the Section 248 criteria, they would not be permitting environmentally destructive industrial wind projects that will produce expensive intermittent power that we don't even need.

This proposed project by Eolian wind has no transmission, no power purchase agreements, no demand, and little if any community support.

The board should deny this petition for the 4 met towers and give the residents relief from years of anxiety and angst over the threat of their properties being devalued, local economy disrupted, wildlife habitat destroyed, and birds, bats, and rare species being displaced and killed.

Eolian wind are late to the table wannabee wind investors that have built nothing, have spread misinformation, and attempted to divide communities here and in ME & NH. Before allowing these snake oil salesmen or other wind developers to build wind projects in VT please make them prove their bogus claims of lower emissions, so-called “green” jobs, and saving the world from global warming.
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Obviously you’d never put wind on top of Camel’s Hump or Mt. Mansfield or any of the other great treasures of our state," Shumlin said.
Or where wealthy people who donate to my campaign live. Wind power is great to these leftest wacko's as long as its ruining someone else's land.
If you think windmills are great and not an eyesore then take a ride up RT 26 into Dixville Notch, NH

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