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Re: “Walters: Panel Ices Wind Rules Until October

Walters writes a political column called Fair Game, once a week. This article strays from his prior good reporting on this issue where he acted as a reporter, while in this one he's returned to his blogger biased days that his editors promised me he would be restrained from doing. Repeating that there are no studies showing health effects does not make it true. What the wind industry relies on are cherry picked literature reviews paid for by industry and governments with an agenda to promote wind energy. Many good studies about the human response to wind turbines are available and in the record at the PSB in numerous dockets. It is universal that people living in close proximity or downwind depending on topography and terrain are experiencing "annoyance" (a medical term), sleep deprivation, headaches, ringing in the ears, nausea, vertigo, and other symptoms such as cardiac issues that arise from the continuous exposure to a full spectrum of noise generated by these open air noise sources. There is no mystery about what is happening, scientifically. The mystery is why it is so hard for people to have compassion and understanding for the people who are affected.

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Posted by A. Smith on 06/24/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Walters: Panel Ices Wind Rules Until October

If you want to know what happened at the LCAR hearing, this is good reporting:

http://truenorthreports.com/debate-over-wi…

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Posted by A. Smith on 06/23/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Walters: Panel Ices Wind Rules Until October

If you want to know what happened at the LCAR hearing, this is good reporting:
http://truenorthreports.com/debate-over-wi…

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Posted by A. Smith on 06/23/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Walters: Panel Ices Wind Rules Until October

Here are the individual witness segments that comprise the full hearing.

1 LCAR PSB Wind Noise Rule Hearing, Opening and Judith Jackson, 6 22 2017
https://youtu.be/GKpfZkdhmWE

2 LCAR PSB Wind Noise Rule Hearing, PSB, 6 22 2017
https://youtu.be/DB2YYS8pTx4

3 LCAR PSB Wind Noise Rule Hearing, Mark Whitworth, 6 22 2017
https://youtu.be/3hVcx6nVEyo

4 LCAR PSB Wind Noise Rule Hearing VPIRG, 6 22 2017
https://youtu.be/yWz5XMUuo9w

5 LCAR PSB Wind Noise Rule Hearing, Robbin Clark, 6 22 2017
https://youtu.be/JWF8x2HnbpU

6 LCAR PSB Wind Noise Rule Hearing, DPS, 6 22 2017
https://youtu.be/t3xxFjFxfDs

7 LCAR PSB Wind Noise Rule Hearing, Annette Smith, 6 22 2017
https://youtu.be/3bAh6N6T59A

8 LCAR PSB Wind Noise Rule Hearing, PSB to End, 6 22 2017
https://youtu.be/SuX4YV2E8RI

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Posted by A. Smith on 06/23/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Walters: Panel Ices Wind Rules Until October

Here is the video of Public Service Commissioner June Tierney speaking eloquently about the wind noise rule https://youtu.be/DJgK4830aWo

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Posted by A. Smith on 06/23/2017 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Walters: Panel Ices Wind Rules Until October

Pretty lousy reporting, as there were 13 witnesses and there is too much opinion in this. As an example, "Its hard to believe that such a standard would be seriously proposed for any other kind of development in Vermont, from a dollar store to a nuclear plant." It is harder to believe that anyone thinks that 500 foot tall electric generators on Vermont's ridgelines or near residences is a good idea. And as I pointed out in my remarks in response to a comment submitted to LCAR about the proposed standards being lower than those applied in Act 250 cases for quarries and other noisy operations, those operations shut down at night and weekends. The commenter, Linda Gray who has worked for AWEA and whose husband was ED of AWEA for years, complained that there is different treatment for different types of commercial developments. I agree with her. Wind turbine neighbors would be happy to accept the same noise standards applied in Act 250, operating weekdays and sometimes on Saturday mornings, but not at night or on Sunday.

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Posted by A. Smith on 06/22/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Climate Commitment? The Governor and the Paris Accord

Whatever approach the state takes to addressing the changing climate, they should stop listening to Bill McKibben & Co. as they are followers of the misguided work of Mark Jacobson who has been claiming "we can do it all with wind, solar and hydro". Jacobson's premise was seriously challenged in a paper just published
http://m.pnas.org/content/early/2017/06/16…
and about which MIT"s Technology Review and the NY Times have written articles
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608126/…
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/busines…

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, and the Vermont pro-renewable crowd all fail to mention that intermittent resources need back-up power, that storage can't do it all in cloudy New England winters, and some sort of generator (in New England it's natural gas) is necessary. The change in the system is nowhere near as easy as the renewable proponents want their followers to believe. The rah rah wind and solar crowd needs to take a deep breath and start to find ways to work with others on real solutions, not fantasies promulgated in ivory towers.

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Posted by A. Smith on 06/21/2017 at 10:24 AM

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