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Little Guys Can Prevail Over Big Corporations

The ECOreport looks at an update about Michigan’s new 15% Renewable Target , Little Guys Can Prevail Over Big Corporations

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Anti-wind activist Kevon Martis just sent an update about SB 438,  the bill that requiring Michigan to obtain 15% of its’ electricity from renewable sources. Martis’ initial response was discouragement. Then someone drew his attention to a clause in the final draft of that legislation that allows townships and counties to retain control over zoning for wind energy. Martis was reminded  that little guys can prevail over big corporations – but it takes a lot of work.

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Wind offers a healthy way to generate power

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

There’s no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. Materials for all power-generating facilities have to be obtained and transported, and infrastructure must be built, maintained and eventually decommissioned. Wind turbines take up space and can harm wildlife. Hydro floods agricultural land and alters water cycles.

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Two conflicting Aspects of Ontario’s Green Revolution

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Two conflicting aspects of Ontario’s Green Revolution are immediately obvious. At a time when most of Canada’s emissions are rising, Ontario’s are falling. You can see the drop in electricity sector emissions in the graph below. By 2012, all of Ontario’s emissions were 5.9% below 1990 levels and the rest of Canada’s was 18% above. Yet there is serious opposition to renewable energy. Eighty-six municipalities have declared they are not willing hosts for the continued spread of wind energy projects.

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Michigan: Kevon Martis tells Audubon What’s wrong with Wind Turbines (Video)

Published on Mar 12, 2014

IICC director Kevon Martis speaks to Audubon and Sierra Club members in Grand Blanc, MI about current issues with utility scale wind energy in Michigan: turbines are not set back far enough from houses in Michigan; wind turbines do not cut CO2 emissions; emissions have risen, not fallen in Iowa; natural gas is actually cheaper & superior to wind technology; wind is inefficient & needs backup, bird fatalities, etc

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Wind Power Plants are an Economic and Environmental Absurdity (video)

Kevon Martis, Director of the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition (a bi-partisan group whose members are 40% Democrats/60% Republicans), testifying before the Michigan Senate Energy Committee in support of repealing renewable energy mandates in Michigan, on March 18, 2014

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Wind Turbines May Harm Livestock and Wildlife, Study Finds

Originally Published in East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

Are wind turbines safe for wildlife, livestock and humans living nearby?  A new study published in the Journal of Veterinary Sciences has found that geese living near wind turbines suffered loss of appetite, weight loss, and measurable physical changes.
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European Court rules Wind Farm Victims Are to Pay Costs

“Armed groups have more rights than wind farm victims.”– Mark Duchamp of EPAW

Originally Published in the East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

February 12, 2014 (Europe)—The European Court of Justice has dismissed a legal challenge filed by a group representing wind farm victims and found the group lacks legal standing—also ordering the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) to pay legal costs for Brussels, Belgium. The decision is certain to have a chilling effect and prevents appeal, since that would force people claiming harm from wind turbines to risk losing their homes and other assets.
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Wind Turbine Syndrome is not Hilarious

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Craig Morris of Renewable Energies just released a clever, albeit misleading, video about Wind Turbine Syndrome. (To watch it, click here) The parts I found interesting were traffic noises drowning out the sound of the turbines. Only Wind Turbine Syndrome appears to be a very real problem that needs to be addressed.
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East County nonprofits seek injunction to halt Tule Wind Project.

Originally Published in East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

March 13, 2013 (Boulevard) – Iberdrola’s Tule Wind project has been slapped with a federal complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. The lawsuit was filed by two nonprofits in San Diego’s Rural East County, the Protect Our Communities Foundation and Backcountry Against Dumps.
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