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Cape Vincent, NY

Beautiful view from Cape Vincent

To Fireplug, Since the picture I posted has not been altered. I suggest that you consult an ophthalmologist, unless you are dealing with issues of denial? And if this is the case there are medical professionals that can help you deal with these issues as well.  (Aug 21, 2009 | post #5)

Cape Vincent, NY

Moratorium on Wind Energy Development in Northern NY

Fireplug, I suggest you take a few reading comprehension lessons, if you can read. Perhaps you are so driven into the wind that you have not even read what the petition is asking for. Also I would recommend a dictionary you could look up the words, moratorium, corruption, ethics, corporate greed, and last but not least ignorance.  (Apr 11, 2009 | post #5)

Cape Vincent, NY

Ethics/Wind Farm

Let’s see… I am supposed to trust a town government to oversee a "wind law" and they can’t even follow their own ethics law. That sounds like Darrel Aubertine sponsoring an ethics law and then hiring his sister, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree...  (Feb 24, 2009 | post #9)

Cape Vincent, NY

Ethics/Wind Farm

Recently there was an editorial written by a “greedy green” in the paper, that explains the basis of mr.Burtons last remark ,or the lack of any basis to support his remark. The writer of this editorial was discussing the Characteristics of group thinking by looking for evidence to support their position and ignoring and rationalizing away evidence that does not. And when necessary even inventing facts. .  (Feb 24, 2009 | post #7)

Cape Vincent, NY

Ethics/Wind Farm

Apparently the town supervisor has never grown up because when someone points out the obvious and it doesn’t fit into his own mental picture his response is to throw a fit and threaten to use his position to punish the entire town by not moving forward with the wind ordinance. He would rather see the wind companies destroy the natural beauty of the area than do the job for which he was elected.  (Feb 22, 2009 | post #4)

Cape Vincent, NY

Wind Power

Mr Pundt, I couldn’t agree more that is why I wrote to Attorney general,asking him to investigate the actions of our town leaders. I also made a point of attending the recent community forum and spoke to someone from Mr.Cuomo's office about what has been happening in Cape Vincent. I only hope that this is just the beginning of the attorney general’s investigation.  (Aug 2, 2008 | post #3)

Cape Vincent, NY

Probing Wind Developers

Wind Farms: Burgeoning, vital industry must be kept free of taint Posted by Post-Standard Editorial Board August 01, 2008 5:02AM Categories: Editorial Every wind-generating power company in New York needs to come under closer scrutiny. There is just too much public money at stake. An aggressive watchdog is needed to make sense of the complicated deals they make, to protect taxpayers and to monitor the conduct of public officials whose decisions can yield wind generators millions of dollars. That's why a state attorney general's investigation of two wind-power companies is so important -- and why a critical, independent eye should be kept on the rest of the industry. Wind-powered generation of electricity is key to the success of New York's goal of producing 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2013. In recent years, wind-farm development has proceeded at a near-frantic pace. Thousands of acres of pastures and cropland, including a sizeable chunk of Madison and Oneida counties, now sprout whirring, sky-high wind turbines. And more are on the way. That's because wind generation is a heavily subsidized and lucrative business. Everybody cashes in. Landowners can get hefty state and local tax breaks. That's in addition to the payments they receive from power companies for the right to place wind turbines on their property. They also could see their property values rise, even though their assessments may drop or stay unchanged as part of their tax benefits. Power companies, which also may be eligible for grants and tax incentives, sell the electricity they generate to utilities. They also may sell energy credits on the open market to offset carbon dioxide and sulfur emissions from other industries. And county and town governments get more revenue, often from payment-in-lieu-of -tax agreements with power-generating companies. Some elected officials have voted to allow wind turbines in their municipalities even though they personally had negotiated or signed lease agreements with wind developers. When he was an assemblyman, state Sen. Darrel Aubertine voted to give farmers with wind turbines on their land a property tax break. Trouble is, a wind developer had already approached Aubertine about putting turbines on his own farm. In mid-July, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo served subpoenas on two companies developing and operating wind farms in Western and Northern New York. Cuomo wants to know whether the companies improperly sought land-use agreements and whether public officials were illegally influenced. All wind-power deals throughout the state deserve such attention. These agreements need to above-board without even the hint of conflict. It would be a shame if the misdeeds of a few opportunists soured taxpayers on funding incentives so vital to producing energy from wind and other renewable sources.  (Aug 2, 2008 | post #1)

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