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Air space safety was also an issue when Citizens Energy proposed wind turbines on the Northfield Ridge, as it threatened the gliders in Warren. The Grandpa's Knob Wind project proposed for the Pittsford Ridge threatened the hang gliders. GusStevePseudonym can spin it, but the fact is that putting tall objects on top of mountains threatens things that fly, and that includes bald and golden eagles, bats, as well as all types of human devices that use the air space. Airports in Vermont are already constrained, so adding 500 foot tall towers threatens safety.
Nice attempt to slander a very fine public servant. Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie is one of many pilots expressing genuine concern over siting 500 foot tall structures near airports. The issue of air space safety arose with the so-called Ira Wind project, which proposed 16 wind turbines on a ridgeline called Susies Peak in Ira/Clarendon. It was the secondary approach for the Rutland Airport, meaning that the pilot has already missed his approach and flies in a circle over the ridgeline to try again. Airport officials, the state and the town raised serious concerns. None of them were alleged to be pulling strings. Legislation to protect air space was introduced in 2010, but Speaker Shap Smith sent it to Tony Klein's committee instead of transportation, where it died as intended. What we learned about the FAA (under Obama) was that wind turbines received favor over air space, and if issues were found, the air traffic was constrained, not the wind turbines. FAA claimed it had no teeth or authority to deny. If you want to look at interference, look to the government under the last president to see how the agencies were used to advance the wind agenda at the expense of the environment, air traffic safety, and the ability for people to do their jobs. Same story in Vermont under Shumlin.
Adam, the Therrien family, who abandoned their home due to serious health impacts from the Sheffield wind turbines, lived closer to I-91 than the wind turbines. They lived next to the Interstate for 17 years and never were bothered by it. A couple years next to the Sheffield wind turbines destroyed their health and lives. Two small children didn't sleep through the night for three years. A month after leaving the children were both sleeping through the night. If you want to talk about arrogance and privilege, look no further than the wind industry which has denied all impacts and claims everything is wonderful, and just like the fossil fuel industry, is externalizing costs and not taking responsibility for their impacts. The Therrien's property is for sale, as they were forced by the state to put it on the market. Please exercise your right to purchase property next to wind turbines and learn from experience.
"Gus" has been commenting on vtdigger.org and several people have questioned whether it is a real person or a pseudonym. Pseudonyms are okay on this site, but digger requires that people use their real name. Gus appears to work for the industry.
We're not getting to 90% renewables with wind thanks to the geniuses in the statehouse and former Gov. Shumlin who assured that all the wind energy built in Vermont is NOT counted towards that goal, and no new wind will be either. Instead, the utilities can use "Alternative Compliance Payments" based on the low value of Hydro-Quebec's "environmental attributes".
Oh please, if you're going to make these kind of allegations, take a look at Shumlin's record on environmental protection where he turned ANR into a permit factory that never saw a wind or solar project it didn't like. Develop high elevation highly erodable headwaters above 2500 feet? No problem. Permit acres of solar panels on Class 2 wetlands next to Lake Champlain. Sure. Never heard blogger Walters say a peep about Shumlin's gift to his friends who have profited mightily from destroying our state's environment and corrupting the regulatory agencies. And yes, it was a poorly worded press release which I related to the Agency staff about. At least there is someone there who will talk to me, unlike the Shumlin administration who shunned everyone that didn't toe the line.
The question for Agrimark/Cabot and Ben & Jerry's is how they can profit from farmers who are losing money with every gallon of milk they sell for cheese and ice cream. We're all in this together folks. Are are we? Agrimark/Cabot needs to come to the table and figure out a way to compensate the producers for the product that makes Cabot cheese.
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