BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Monday, June 29, 2009

George F. Will - A Quixotic Pursuit: Green Energy Jobs - washingtonpost.com

George F. Will - A Quixotic Pursuit: Green Energy Jobs - washingtonpost.com

Tilting at Green Windmills

By George F. Will
Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Spanish professor is puzzled. Why, Gabriel Calzada wonders, is the U.S. president recommending that America emulate the Spanish model for creating "green jobs" in "alternative energy" even though Spain's unemployment rate is 18.1 percent -- more than double the European Union average -- partly because of spending on such jobs?

Calzada, 36, an economics professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, has produced a report that, if true, is inconvenient for the Obama administration's green agenda, and for some budget assumptions that are dependent upon it.

Continue reading via this link ~ George F. Will - A Quixotic Pursuit: Green Energy Jobs - washingtonpost.com

Thursday, June 25, 2009

www.windaction.org | The wind controversy heats up

www.windaction.org | The wind controversy heats up

The debate surrounding wind energy development has reached a near fevered pitch particularly in the last few months. Below are just four of many stories Windaction.org is closely tracking, which together suggest the debate is becoming even more divisive.

Noise: George Hessler of Hessler and Associates, and a handful of other sound experts, are regularly relied upon by wind developers to prepare pre-construction noise modeling studies intended to predict noise levels a wind facility will produce if built.

Invariably, Hessler et.al. report the same conclusions -- that turbine noise (usually at 45-50 decibels at receptor sites) will be at, or lower than, background noise levels in the community, and any noise produced by the turbines will likely be masked by the sound of the wind itself.

With 1200 MW of wind now installed in New York, and a growing body of noise complaints, New Yorkers know better than to trust their quality of life to Hessler's promises.

The residents of Cape Vincent, New York, hired Dr. Paul D. Schomer of Schomer & Associates Inc., to evaluate Hessler's work and to conduct his own background noise survey . Dr. Schomer is chairman of the International Organization for Standardization working group on environmental noise, chairman of the American National Standards committee on noise, and holds other leadership roles in noise measurement. His findings identified "tricks" used by Hessler to arrive at pre-determined conclusions. In Schomer's summary he explains how Hessler permitted summertime insect noise to contaminate the sound surveys to show background noise levels as high as 45-50 dB(A). In fact, Schomer's own survey showed noise levels in Cape Vincent to have an overall level of 30 dB (arithmetic average using A-weighted L90 levels). This included day, evening and night sound levels.

Windaction.org encourages all communities now reviewing pre-construction noise studies by Hessler and others to read Schomer's report and understand the damaging implications of Hessler's findings.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Defiant NY Senate Democrats sit through Pledge of Allegiance

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Video of NYS Senate Democrats sitting defiantly through the Pledge of Allegiance in protest after losing political control of the Chamber to Republicans.

Only one courageous Senator tried to stand to honor the flag, but he was immediately pulled down into his seat by fellow Democrats.

The video is from WCBS-2 TV on 6/23/09, taped during a "special session" of the Senate called by Democrat Gov. David Paterson in an effort to end a three-week walkout by Democrats that has brought government to a screeching halt.

Grim-faced Democrats refused to acknowledge even their presence in the Chamber, failing to answer when their names were called, or join in a silent prayer that traditionally begins each session.

The first Senator pictured seated is Antoine Thompson of Buffalo. The Senator attempting to stand is Martin Dilan of Brooklyn, abnd he looks clearly uncomfortable when he is pulled down by Kevin Parker of Brooklyn and Ruth Hassell-Thompson of Westchester.

June 24, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wind farms' biggest victims: bats

Wind farms' biggest victims: bats -

Researchers say a pressure drop created by turbines can cause bats’ lungs to burst
By Gerry Smith
March 01, 2009

The mystery was alarming to wildlife experts: large numbers of dead bats appearing at wind farms, often with no visible signs of injury.

Researchers now think they know one reason: Wind turbines cause bats’ lungs to explode. More specifically, a sudden drop in air pressure created by the blades can cause fatal internal hemorrhaging, researchers at the University of Calgary said in a study.

Houdini is a Leisler female bat (Nyctalus leisleri) found near a wind turbine with an external fracture on her right wing.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sen. Young: Farmers Cannot Sustain Another Blow to Their Bottom Line



Senator Catharine Young (Olean), at New York Farm Bureau

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I Olean), ranking member of the Senate's Agricultural Committee, today joined farmers, members of the New York Farm Bureau, and colleagues from both the Senate and Assembly to urge other members of the State Senate and Assembly to reject the Farmworker Omnibus Bill. The bill, which passed the State Senate's Labor Committee earlier that day, would force farmers to pay overtime wages for farmworkers, which would force many New York farms out of business.

June 01, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Darrel Aubertine's vote helps criminals become school teachers

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North Country State Sen. Darrel Aubertine's deciding vote to allow drug dealers, felons and petty thieves conceal their criminal pasts when applying to become school teachers, bus drivers, security guards, home health aides and child care workers is drawing ire of Republicans and lawmen who say the new law threatens children and the elderly.

They're calling for a repeal of Aubertine's "felon shield law."

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May , 29 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

High noon


Aubertine wants to send Upstate farm funds to the Bronx

State Sen. Darrel Aubertine is questioned about his bill (S.1676) to use state funds to create "urban greenmarkets" in NYC. However, Aubertine included no funding in the bill, and the issue was not taken up through the normal budget process, so it's unclear how the bill will help struggling farmers, as Aubertine intends.

Sen. Cathy Young, past chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, also worries that Aubertine is trying to supplant an existing Republican program designed to help Upstate farmers directly by sending that money to NYC.

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April 21, 2009