BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A POSITIVE DECLARATION IS...

POSITIVELY NEGATIVE

August 10, 2006: After public hearings and various reviews, the town board moved ahead in adopting zoning regulations for wind power development a positive declaration was issued requiring an environmental impact study (EIS) to determine the impacts from the new law.
Because of this positive declaration, the town was obligated to complete a detailed environmental review just for enacting the law. This is called a generic environmental impact assessment, which is somewhat different from the environmental assessment done by an applicant. Reinbeck and other board members were taking the position that the two were the same thing but they are not they are different.
The applicants Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) does not weigh impacts of various sections of the law; they focus on the aspects of their proposed project on the environment following the towns zoning laws. In order to assess the impacts of the law on the community ,I.E., weighing whether a feature of the new law would have an untoward impact on the community and environment.
The town would have to do a separate , generic impact assessment of its own related to the law and not to a specific project .

Shortly after issuing the positive declaration, the Town Board started backpedaling.

The Reinbeck gang may have been trying to paint the environmental studies required by a Positive Declaration with the same brush as the applicants DEIS in order to push their wind agenda.

They maintained that the developer could do it, so why should the Town pay for it.

A Watertown Times article dated September 30 2006, reported that the Town Council was trying to find a way to rescind its decision to conduct a full environmental impact review of proposed zoning changes that would allow commercial wind towers in most of the town.
The problem the council was running into was just how to get out of the review without being sued.
Just days after the town council issued the positive declaration they asked for the Wind Power Ethics Group's approval before rescinding the positive declaration in an attempt to avoid the required Environmental review that would determine the impacts of the new law.

State law has provisions for rescinding a negative declaration, but no provisions for rescinding a positive declaration.

At this point in the game the Town Board seemed to be between a rock and a hard spot.

What would they do next? What could they do?

August 28, 2006 a special Town Board meeting was held to review quotes for the required environmental review from several consulting firms .

Note: Twelve workdays seems to be an extremely fast turnaround to receive quotes for environmental studies.

According to the minutes from this Board meeting consultants names and costs for the EIS were tossed around.
Councilman Orvis told the board that he was not comfortable spending 40,000 + of the taxpayers money to have a SEQR done and end up not having turbines. Supervisor Reinbeck said he felt the same way.

(The underlying issue was not the cost of the EIS it was as Orvis and Reinbeck said that they may “end up not having turbines”) this statement explicitly reflects Orvis and Rienbeck's bias toward having turbines in our town.

Then Reinbeck resolved to discontinue amending the Town of Cape Vincent Zoning Law to regulate wind towers.
Seconded by Orvis
Supervisor Reinbeck voted AYE
Councilman Orvis Voted AYE
Councilman Mason abstained
Councilman Wood abstained
Councilman Schneider Voted NAY
Resolution denied.

Supervisor Reinbeck then stated on behalf of the Board, that he would request the Planning Board to adopt our proposed wind tower regulations as a guideline during their site plan review process.
Earlier in June of 2006 Edsall had written a letter to the Town Board stating
~ We propose that the town board abandon its efforts to ammend the current zoning law.

Current law did not include anything to regulate wind projects, other than the site plan review process, which gives a great deal of discretionary control to the PB, particularly Chairman Edsall.

Link here read to Edsall's letter to the board
A Positive Declaration $ Positively NO record of any EIS Quotes !I recently FOILED the quotes from the firms that reportedly gave quotes for the required environmental studies. Apparently, they do not exist….


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

German army stops wind turbines as security threat | Reuters

German army stops wind turbines as security threat | Reuters

By Kim Bode
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German army has identified a series of wind park projects as a threat to national security and blocked investments worth 1.5 billion euros because it fears spinning wind turbines will interfere with its radar systems.

The Bundeswehr has launched an investigation into the impact of the wind turbines planned for northern Germany's coastal area amid concerns they could compromise air defense -- because they could in theory provide a shield for enemy aircraft. Continue...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A SMEAR CAMPAIGN DISGUISED AS A POLITICAL POLL

A SMEAR CAMPAIGN DISGUISED AS A POLITICAL POLL

With the upcoming special election in the twenty third congressional district, there has been a lot of political stumping going on. I myself have received two almost identical political polling phone calls. The technical name for this type phone call is “push polling”

The calls went something like this.

First I was asked if I was going to vote in the upcoming special election, and who I was voting for. The pollster then asked me a series of brief questions that were framed in a negative way. All of these questions were crafted to plant seeds of doubt in my mind about Dede Scozzafava. All of the questions were inflammatory, and if I were to repeat them it would only perpetuate the objective of the “push poll”. For example, the pollster might ask “Would you be less likely to vote for Dede Scozzafava, if you knew she were the spawn of the devil? After one such question, I asked is this true? The pollster replied, well… I don’t know. I am being paid to ask these questions. After the pollster finished with the bash Dede segment of the call they then asked if I had reconsidered my vote. I replied No!

The pollster then began with a brief biography extolling the virtues of Bill Owens. Imagine that!
After this I was again asked if any of this had changed the way I would vote. I said definitely not! As a matter of fact my convictions are stronger than ever.

After both calls, I spoke to their supervisors. I expressed to the supervisors my dismay about the poll’s intent on swaying peoples opinion in a negative way toward Dede Scozzafava. I then asked who had sponsored the poll. In both cases they replied that they had no way of knowing who the sponsor was.

I think based on the content of the questions I might be able to figure it out.


This is how you conduct a smear campaign and call it a political poll.


~UPDATE~

There have been claims that the two polls that I described were actually polls done by Doug Hoffman.
I do not know who conducted the polls that I participated in.

I merely speculated whom they were commissioned by, based on the content of each poll, for example the shining biography given about Bill Owens, and the remarkable absence of questions about Doug Hoffman as though he were a non entity.

With each poll the pollster identified themselves as being with an independent research agency. I asked the pollsters supervisors who had sponsored the poll. In both cases they replied that they had no way of knowing who the sponsor was.

I was not told that they were polls conducted by McLaughlin & Associates. Or that they were commissioned by Doug Hoffman.

However in the last poll that took place just a few days ago, the pollster did ask me questions about the governor, and how I would rate his performance.

Has anyone considered that more than one candidate may have been polling, or does Doug Hoffman have a corner on the market?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Watertown Daily Times | Send lawyers, guns and money




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Watertown Daily Times | Send lawyers, guns and money
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

When the Cape Vincent Zoning Board of Appeals affirmed Monday night its decision to require that Roger D. Alexander tear down the windmill he built on his property, it might as well have sent e-mails out to every lawyer in the county that a lawsuit is a-comin'.

Mr. Alexander, you'll remember, went to the town zoning enforcement officer with his plan, asking for guidance and a permit to erect the 90-foot tower. He got a permit in May, and it was renewed in August. And he built his windmill. And then spit hit the blades. Continue...

Calling wind energy opponents ‘nimbies’ is wrong and counterproductive, report says

Greenwisebusiness news wind energy opponents are not nimbies a report says Calling wind energy opponents ‘nimbies’ is wrong and counterproductive, the report says
There is little evidence that people who oppose the construction of wind turbines are ‘nimbies’ and accusing them of being so, as Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has done, is counterproductive and hinders the progress of renewable energy in this country, a new report has concluded.

The report, ‘Beyond Nimbyism’, has been published by academics at six universities including Manchester, Surrey, Lancaster, Strathclyde, Loughborough and Northumbria. Continue..

Wind energy opponents are not nimbies, report says

Wind energy opponents are not nimbies, report says

Wind energy opponents are not nimbies, report says
There is little evidence that people who oppose the construction of wind turbines are ‘nimbies’ and accusing them of being so, as Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has done, is counterproductive and hinders the progress of renewable energy in this country, a new report has concluded. The report, ‘Beyond Nimbyism’, has been published today by academics at six universities including Manchester, Surrey, Lancaster, Strathclyde, Loughborough and Northumbria. It includes survey findings showing onl

How the Stimulus Funds Could Hinder A Smart Grid Buildout |

How the Stimulus Funds Could Hinder A Smart Grid Buildout
While there will be close to $4 billion in stimulus funds allocated for the smart grid buildout to utilities and tech vendors, some executives are worried that the stimulus funds could actually cause quite a few problems for smart grid technology vendors. Those were the thoughts of some execs at the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference in Sausalito, Calif. on Wednesday.

Utilities have moved more slowly recently, waiting for the funds to be allocated (likely not until mid-October or early November) before doing deals with tech vendors, pointed out Cree Edwards, the CEO of smart meter data software maker eMeter. It has slowed the process down a bit, acknowledged Adrian Tuck, the CEO of energy management startup Tendril. Continue...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wind power: look beyond money


Wind power: look beyond money
By PERRY WHITE
SPECIAL COMMENTARY
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009


Whither wind? As the nation staggers toward replacing fossil fuels with alternative energy sources, the north country has become a favored spot for companies looking to develop wind farms. The largest wind farm in the Northeast is up and running in Lewis County, and new projects are proposed in Hounsfield, Cape Vincent, Lyme, Clayton, Orleans and Hammond. Each of those communities is struggling with how to embrace — or not — the 400-foot towers and the transmission lines to carry the power.

The range of reactions is enlightening. The Maple Ridge project was embraced with enthusiasm by the communities on top of the Tug Hill Plateau, where before windmills, the chief enterprises were snowmobile trails, taverns and dying farms. That project has pumped about $8 million a year combined into town, school and county coffers, providing some tax relief and many capital improvements in towns that were far from flush with cash.


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Orleans Council discusses wind

By NANCY MADSEN
Watertown Daily TIMES STAFF WRITER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

LAFARGEVILLE — The Orleans Town Council seemed most concerned with whether the Wind Committee's recommendations would still allow the proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm.

The council, committee, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals talked about the recommendations at a meeting Wednesday night.

Councilman Thomas A. Johnston said he looked at every parcel in the current wind overlay district, where project development is allowed. None of them had enough space to comply with the recommended setbacks and have room for turbines.

Continue reading  By NANCY MADSEN
Watertown Daily TIMES STAFF WRITER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

A truck carrying a wind turbine crashed in Montreuil

A special convoy was blocked traffic yesterday afternoon in Montreuil, after the fall of the load consists of a wind turbine mast.


Around 14 h 30 yesterday, a convoy from Danish Boulogne-sur-Mer, which was to proceed towards Hermin in Bruaysis, suffered a failure of a hydraulic axle.
Lane blocked until late in the evening
Then he left the county 901, the truck was suddenly lying on a guardrail on the other side of his lane, road Marcadée at the boundary between Montreuil and Écuires.
The mast of wind carried it blocking the road, the police had set up a detour. Two cranes were sent to the scene to identify and release the bulky cargo. With 26 meters to 110 tons.
The driver of the lorry was not injured. No injuries were reported in elsewhere. The road remained blocked part of the evening. •

Lamar Alexander: Energy ‘Sprawl’ and the Green Economy - WSJ.com

Lamar Alexander: Energy ‘Sprawl’ and the Green Economy - WSJ.com

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced plans to cover 1,000 square miles of land in Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah with solar collectors to generate electricity. He's also talking about generating 20% of our electricity from wind. This would require building about 186,000 50-story wind turbines that would cover an area the size of West Virginia not to mention 19,000 new miles of high-voltage transmission lines.

Is the federal government showing any concern about this massive intrusion into the natural landscape? Not at all. I fear we are going to destroy the environment in the name of saving the environment.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wind tower project on hold - ObserverToday.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Dunkirk | The Observer

Wind tower project on hold - ObserverToday.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Dunkirk | The Observer
ARKWRIGHT - A bombshell was dropped at the Arkwright Town Board meeting with an announcement by Tom Stebbins, project manager for the Arkwright Summit Wind Project

"The economy and the power market in New York is not as attractive as it is in the mid-west and that is where Horizon is committing its turbines," Stebbins said.

Conservatives spurn global renewable energy agency | National Union of Public and General Employees

Conservatives spurn global renewable energy agency | National Union of Public and General Employees
Harper government gives Canada an international black eye by refusing to name a Canadian representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Ottawa (17 Sept. 2009) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is expressing concern at the refusal of the Harper government to appoint a Canadian representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NUPGE president James Clancy says the lack of a voice compromises Canada's future economic prosperity and further undermines its reputation in the fight against global change. Canada and Russia are alone among major developed countries in refusing to join the agency.

Link to full article
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IT's A START!

BP sells windfarm operation in India | Environment | guardian.co.uk

BP sells windfarm operation in India | Environment | guardian.co.uk


Terry Macalister guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 16 September 2009 16.41

BP has signalled a further retreat from its international renewable business by selling off its wind operation in India today.The oil group, which recently shut down its alternative energy headquarters in London, said it would concentrate its wind interests in the US.

BP has sold three operational windfarms in India for just under $100m (£61m) to Green Infra Limited, an independent energy provider owned by private equity. Continue...

CENTRAL NY ~ CENTRAL ASIA ~ WHERE AM I ?



Can Darrel Aubertine get anything right?

During a tribute to seven Fort Drum soldiers who gave their lives in Afghanistan, Aubertine added the name of a beloved Oswego octagenarian, leaving many in the Senate chamber scratching their bowed heads.

"We are here on the 10th of September--the eve of 9/11--and these resolutions are a series of resolutions recognizing a group of young soldiers who were killed in the past month in the uptick in fighting in Afghanistan," Aubertine said.

"And I'd like to read their names into the record, those soldiers, Army Sgt. Jerry Evans, Spc. Andrew J. Roughton, Army Spc. Matthew Swanson, Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., Spc. Justin D. Coleman, Pfc. Dennis Pratt and Rosemary S. Nesbitt.

"These people have given their all... and I think on the eve of 9/11 that, again, we pause just for a moment of reflection."

The first seven were all members from the 10th Mountain Division who were recently killed in Afghanistan.

Rosemary Nesbitt, though, was something of a local legend in Oswego, but while she was well known in Central NY, she's not known to have spent much time, if any, in Central Asia.

Read more about Mrs. Nesbitt here: http://oswegocountytoday.com/news/osw...


RPFlower13601
September 10, 2009

Conservatives spurn global renewable energy agency | National Union of Public and General Employees

Conservatives spurn global renewable energy agency | National Union of Public and General Employees
Harper government gives Canada an international black eye by refusing to name a Canadian representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Ottawa (17 Sept. 2009) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is expressing concern at the refusal of the Harper government to appoint a Canadian representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NUPGE president James Clancy says the lack of a voice compromises Canada's future economic prosperity and further undermines its reputation in the fight against global change. Canada and Russia are alone among major developed countries in refusing to join the agency.

Link to full article
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IT's A START!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

THE ACORN DOSEN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE




 BY ~ RPFlower 13601youtube video
September 12, 2009

If you think the no-strings-attached $200 welfare bonus checks were bad, wait until you drill down into Senator Darrel Aubertines latest taxpayer giveaway.
Aubertine was the prime sponsor of a new Green Jobs plan that, like Aubertine, is the darling of the controversial Working Families Party, the left-leaning activist group that brought an army of highly paid volunteers by the busload from Brooklyn to the North Country last winter to aid Aubertines election campaign.
Payback!
WFP-linked ACORN is expected to be a major recipient of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that Aubertines plan diverts from government energy conservation programs to so-called community groups who are supposed to perform the same tasks, but without the same skills or oversight.
The bill was a top priority of the WFP and ACORN, and not really the brainchild of Aubertine at all--its chief government pusher was disgraced former Obama aide Van Jones, the 9-11 denier wwho was forced to resign last week.
And if you hadnt heard about ACORNs proficiency on the energy conservation and weatherization front, youre not alone.
The group is much better known as a community agitator, regularly in the media for alleged voter fraud and election schemes.
Most recently, ACORN agents were caught on an unbelievable, jaw-dropping, undercover video giving advice to a supposed pimp and hooker couple on how to disguise an underage prostitution ring.
Among the advice: list hookers as performing artists, write off condoms as expenses, and claim a bakers dozen illegal immigrants as dependents.
Grilled on his plan during Senate debate this week, Aubertine struggled, but eventually rattled off a long list of potential groups that could qualify for state funding.
But he was certain that ACORN wasnt one of them.
And what about all those jobs—as many as 15,000—that Aubertine insists will be created by his plan?
In press releases and public pronouncements, Aubertine insists his bill will benefit Upstate most.
But he was forced to admit that there is nothing in the bill to guarantee it.
So, more tax dollars for downstate. But this time, they got an Upstate pol happily to go along with it.

RPFlower13601
September 12, 2009

Slow, Costly and Often Dangerous Road to Wind Power - NYTimes.com

Slow, Costly and Often Dangerous Road to Wind Power - NYTimes.com
By KATE GALBRAITH
Published: July 22, 2009
BELFAST, Me. — On America’s highways, wind turbines may be the ultimate oversize load.

Joel Page for The New York Times
Turbine parts at Searsport; when assembled, the towers stretch to more than 250 feet tall.


Trucks carrying silvery blades nearly half a football field long have been lumbering through this placid coastal town all summer, backing up traffic as they slowly exit the roadway. Huge, tubular chunks of tower also pass through. Tall pieces of machinery looking somewhat like jet engines travel at night because they require special routing to avoid overpasses. Continue...

Route 3 Reopened After Wind Tower Falls Off Truck | WWNY TV 7 Watertown, NY | Local News



Story Published: Sep 16, 2009 at 5:01 PM EDT

A portion of Route 3 in the Jefferson County town of Ellisburg was closed to traffic part of Wednesday afternoon due to damage from an oversized load.

According to state police, a large tower used for wind turbines separated from a truck at approximately 1:20 p.m.

Authorities closed the highway between Benton Road and Bolton Road to allow workers to repave a portion of the damaged road.

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 Route 3 Reopened After Wind Tower Falls Off Truck | WWNY TV 7 Watertown, NY | Local News

Danish Wind Power Overblown

Danish Wind Power Overblown

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 23:00
Two Danish experts in the field of wind energy will be in Washington for the next three days to speak on the subject of wind generated electricity. One would expect they are here to brag on the fact that their country is a leader in the field and that they already satisfy, as President Obama puts it, "20 percent of the electricity through wind power." One would be wrong in such an expectation. They are here to warn us about the dangers of putting our electricity needs in the wind power basket.

A nation of 5.4 million — between Missouri and Wisconsin in population — the windy nation is "carpeted" with wind turbines. Of the electricity generated from all sources, the 5,500 wind turbines contribute about 19 percent of the country's electrical demand. But this is far less than the amount utilized by the Danish people, which varies between 5 and 10 percent. Continue...

Envion Unveils Revolutionary Renewable Energy Technology

Envion Unveils Revolutionary Renewable
Energy Technology

Posted : Wed, 16 Sep 2009 09:01:01 GMT
Author : Envion Inc.
Category : Press Release
First-Of-Its-Kind Plastic Waste to Oil Converter, Envion Oil Generator(TM) Capable of Converting 10,000 Tons of Plastic Waste per Year into High Quality Synthetic Oil for Less than $10 per Barrel

WASHINGTON, Sept.16 /PRNewswire/ -- Envion Inc. is leading the charge towards a green future with the introduction of a revolutionary plastic-to-oil conversion technology. The Envion Oil Generator(TM) (EOG) is a first-of-its-kind technology that converts any type of plastic waste into high quality, synthetic light medium oil for less than $10 per barrel.
Envion introduced its first market-ready commercial unit at a demonstration held at the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station in Derwood, Maryland today. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined Envion Chairman and CEO Michael S. Han for a demonstration of the process.
"The Envion Oil Generator(TM) provides a revolutionary solution to the problem of plastic waste by transforming it from an environmental hazard into a sustainable, renewable energy source," said Han. "The market for our technology is vast, and it provides municipalities with a solution that cuts costs."Continue...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Investors.com - How Wishful Thinkers Are Forced To Reconnect With Energy Reality

By PETER C. GLOVER AND MICHAEL ECONOMIDES
Posted 09/10/2009 06:37 PM ET

You couldn't make it up even if you tried:

One day Energy Secretary Ed Milliband sets out his proposed expansion of the U.K.'s wind power-led alternative energy revolution; the next day, Vestas, the U.K.'s largest wind turbine manufacturer, shuts down a big part of its British operations citing "low demand" and public opposition to onshore wind farms.

Just bad luck or bad PR? Not quite. Simply another blatant example of the ongoing "disconnect" over energy between those suffering from WTS (Wishful Thinker Syndrome) and the hydrocarbon-fueled present and future energy realities. Continue...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

| Physicians Discuss Wind Energy And Health

WCSH6.com | Portland, ME | Physicians Discuss Wind Energy And Health

Kara Matuszewski, Reporter/Anchor


BAR HARBOR (NEWS CENTER) -- At the Maine Medical Association's annual meeting, the group took up the issue of wind energy and public health.

The MMA approved a resolution, submitted by Dr. Albert Aniel and Dr. Michael Nissenbaum, to encourage studies of the health effects of wind turbines. The resolution states that the MMA will work with health organizations and regulatory agencies to inform the public of those findings. Continue...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Project continues to divide community - The Whig Standard - Ontario, CA

Project continues to divide community - The Whig Standard - Ontario, CA

Local NewsHome News Local News Project continues to divide community Project continues to divide community
Posted By PAUL SCHLIESMANN

Canadian Hydro Developers and hundreds of invited guests celebrated the official opening of the company's 86-turbine wind farm on Wolfe Island yesterday.

The emphasis was on "invited."
A long line of cars was backed up along the highway leading to the company headquarters as Ontario Provincial Police officers meticulously checked names off a list. Continue...

Critics say wind turbines hurt land values - JSOnline

Critics say wind turbines hurt land values - JSOnline

Land values have fallen on properties near wind turbines built as part of the largest wind power projects in the state, a study funded by wind-power critics says.

The study found property values have fallen by at least 19% for sales of land near the We Energies wind farm in Fond du Lac County, and at least 12% for sales of land near Invenergy LLC's Forward Wind project in Fond du Lac and Dodge counties, a report by Appraisal Group One says.

The appraisal firm's study was commissioned by a Calumet County affiliate of the state Coalition for Wisconsin Environmental Stewardship, a group that is opposing We Energies' Glacier Hills wind farm project in Columbia County and seeks to preserve local control over wind-siting decisions.

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Critics say wind turbines hurt land values - JSOnline

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

~ CAPE VINCENT ~ HELL BENT FOR LEATHER ~ INTO WIND HELL ~

This prophetic video is dedicated to our auspicious town leaders.
Our town leaders are, ~ HELL BENT FOR LEATHER ~ on allowing foreign wind companies into our community. If our town government allows the construction of these industrial wind monsters, they alone will shoulder the responsibility, for the destruction of our community. These wind turbines will stand as a monument to the corruption that destroyed any hope for prosperity in Cape Vincent.


~~~ A LEGACY of GREED ~~~

Clean-Energy Grants: Iberdrola Cleans Up - Environmental Capital - WSJ

Clean-Energy Grants: Iberdrola Cleans Up - Environmental Capital - WSJ

By Keith Johnson
European wind companies are the biggest winners in the U.S. plan to jumpstart clean energy.

The Treasury Department detailed today the recipients of the first $500 million in government money under a stimulus-act program meant to keep the renewable-energy sector in business.

The biggest winner was Spain’s Iberdrola, the world’s biggest renewable-energy utility. Iberdrola snapped up grants worth $294 million for five wind farms. Continue...


 

Treasury & DOE Award US $500M in Recovery Act Grant Funds for Renewables - Renewable Energy World

Treasury & DOE Award US $500M in Recovery Act Grant Funds for Renewables - Renewable Energy World

Washington, D.C., United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com]
A milestone was reached this week for the renewable energy industry as the first part of the US $3 billion grant program authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) were awarded. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday announced $502 million in the first round of awards from the ARRA program that provides cash assistance to energy production companies in place of earned tax credits.

"The Recovery Act is investing in our long-term energy needs while creating jobs in communities around the country," said Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. "This renewable energy program will spur the manufacture and development of clean energy in urban and rural America, allowing us to protect our environment, create good jobs and revitalize our nation's economy." Continue...

BP in giant oil find in Gulf of Mexico | Reuters

BP in giant oil find in Gulf of Mexico | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - London-based BP said it had made a "giant" oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico, reaffirming the area's importance to Western oil majors who are barred from investing in the world's richest oil prospects elsewhere.
BP said in a statement on Wednesday that it had made the find at its Tiber Prospect in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The well was drilled in Keathley Canyon block 102.

BP has a 62 percent working interest in the block while Brazilian state-controlled Petrobras owns 20 percent and U.S. oil major ConocoPhillips owns 18 percent.Continue...

Watertown Daily Times | Cape event explored wind power questions

Watertown Daily Times | Cape event explored wind power questions

In regard to Suzann Cornell's Aug. 24 letter, it sounds like she did not attend the July 15 meeting at the Cape Vincent High School, but has only secondhand information.

She would have heard all three volunteer, unpaid speakers say they were originally in favor of having wind turbines nearby their homes, but changed their minds during or after construction, and realized they had made a big mistake. Hearing the loud, constant noise from them, seeing the destruction of the landscape, including a 1,500-gallon oil spill on Wolfe Island, dust and air pollution, and looking at the bright, disturbing, red lights flashing in the night sky, was far from what the wind companies' well-paid employees' propaganda had promised it would be like.

Mrs. Cornell would also have heard one man say his taxes were lowered by $50 a year, another reduced by $30 a year, and that the town and school were to receive some money, but at that time no one had received any money from First Wind, the developer. What other positive things are there to say, except for the money the landowners receive for putting turbines on their properties, while the rest of us will suffer because of "no zoning against placement, or noise levels, and no proper setbacks"?
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FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY ~ GONE WITH THE WIND ~

U.S. gives wind projects in Cohocton $74.6M | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle
Steve Orr • Staff writer • September 1, 2009

The corporate owner of two wind turbine farms in Cohocton, Steuben County, has been given $74.6 million in federal stimulus grants, the U.S. Treasury Department announced today.

Canandaigua Power Project I and II, both owned by First Wind Energy LLC of Newton, Mass., currently have 50 turbines in the hilly town not far from the southern end of Canandaigua Lake. The turbines have the capacity to generate up to 125 megawatts of electricity, which First Wind says is enough to power 50,000 homes.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Town governments failing to preserve beauty of TI region

Watertown Daily Times | Town governments failing to preserve beauty of TI region

Reading the Aug. 17 letter of Peggy Langtry of Hammond, I am again impressed how narrow and parochial is the thinking of most wind proponents in the St. Lawrence River area, especially those who stand to gain financially. They focus on private property rights that they claim should permit them to do as they please with their land. And they somehow continue to think that conflicts of interest rules don't apply to the situation where an elected official's close relatives stand to gain from the official's decision.

The St. Lawrence/Thousand Islands region is made up of towns. But in key respects it is really an integrated region and protecting it should not be the piecemeal task of parochial town governments. The New York townships on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario from Morristown to Henderson are clearly part of this special region.

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