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Re: “Developers Withdraw Swanton Wind Project Proposal

We will get the future we deserve.

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Posted by Bill_C on 11/27/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Sound and Fury: Wind Foe Unleashes Blast of Rhetoric

Bears actually like the cleared land around wind turbines and access roads, for the same reasons they like the cleared land under power lines. There is no evidence to date that wind farms have any adverse impact on bears. People are another story. Get someone really, really angry about harmless wind farms and they actually can't sleep at night. They have been fooled into thinking wind is harmful and evil, they believe it, and it actually harms them. So sad. Wind is utterly harmless. People love the much, much louder and more constant sound of brooks and of surf. That's because no one has gotten them all hateful about it. Hate is an extremely powerful emotion. It affects your judgement. Wind farms are harmless to people and they reduce climate change.

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Posted by Bill_C on 11/13/2017 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Sound and Fury: Wind Foe Unleashes Blast of Rhetoric

I hiked to a ridgeline turbine two weeks ago, through the pristine woods. It was extremely hard to find. I would not have found it except that I ran across the access road and followed it. I got within 1000 feet of a 500 foot turbine in the forest but could not see it (you can't see any distance at all through leaves of mature forest, for those of you who've never been in deep woods or have forgotten what it was like), and I could not hear even though the turbine was at 80% of peak power because the wind in the trees drowned it out until I was right up close with no trees between me and the tower (standing in the access road). To say that the top of the mountain was blown off is ludicrous. There was a clearing, that's all. I could have shot a deer on that ridgeline 800 feet from the turbine and neither the deer or me would ever have known we were among the towers of a wind farm. Fact. Hike to one yourself on a windy day before the leaves have all fallen.

15 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Bill_C on 10/25/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Sound and Fury: Wind Foe Unleashes Blast of Rhetoric

Most of us Vermonters favor wind power because its harm is very much less than burning billions of cubic feet of fracked gas, actually blowing the entire top third of a mountain off for coal, and stuff like that. But most do not write pro-wind comments, because the whole anti-wind thing is so crazy, why point out such obvious things as "a barking neighbor's dog is 100 to 10,000 times louder than a wind turbine (true) and far more annoying for obvious reasons but we put up with it because we're Vermonters and our neighbors aren't evil just because their dog barks all night and we can put up with it because we are pretty tough.

19 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Bill_C on 10/25/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Plotting Return to Sea, Technology Park Whales Invest Heavily in Fossil Fuels

A comment that offshore wind impacts whales? The infrasound from waves at sea are a million times stronger than what comes from a wind farm. But that does no harm to whales, who communicate with powerful infrasound, like elephants do. Do you know what can do terrible harm to whales? The sound blasts used all over the world to explore for deep sea oil and gas reserves. These blasts, set off by huge explosions, can permanently destroy the hearing of whales and dolphins. And that renders them "blind" since they see by sound.

Posted by Bill_C on 05/22/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Pro-Wind Group Seeks to Change Message

Putting a turbine on a ridge line doesn't destroy the environment. We have built 1000 times more stuff than this, all over the state. We have 16,000 miles of roadway. 200,000 homes. 20,000 miles of power lines. Rail, bridges, cleared agricultural land, superfund sites, thousands of cell towers. Environment not yet destroyed. Here's what will definitely alter the environment: continued massive burning of fossil fuel. Environmental opposition to wind power is utterly illogical. You have been fooled by Koch Industries / Ethan Allen Institute, who are tricking you into continuing to burn their coal, gas, and oil. They are spending millions a year to fool you, and they are succeeding. We are easily fooled.

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Posted by Bill_C on 09/03/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Pro-Wind Group Seeks to Change Message

A Smith says wind "does not work in Vermont" because "right now" it is supply only 100 to 150 mW. But that is a LOT of power. Vermont Yankee only provided about 620 mW at full output. That, right now, means we are burning about one million cubic feet of gas less, each hour. Does not work???

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bill_C on 09/03/2016 at 9:35 PM

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