Key Documents

 

There are quite a few very important studies, reports, and analyses throughout this website. To make it easier to clearly see the Big Picture, we are duplicating some of those Key Documents on this page.

In the US the wind energy situation is usually decided on the local level, by citizens and their representatives. Ultimately this comes down to them making a choice between two options:

1 – to defend the rights of citizens, small businesses, the environment and the military, or

2 – to accept a financial payment to forgo those rights.

Wind energy proponents have a sophisticated, well-choreographed campaign to try to convince local communities that #2 is the way to go. Essentially their two-part strategy is:

a) to play down the civil rights that are being abdicated and the other negative consequences, and

b) to focus on the financial payment, while ignoring the actual net economic impact.

One of the ironies of democracies is that citizens have the freedom to enslave themselves — e.g. to voluntarily choose to give up their civil rights that others have literally given their lives to defend.

Why would anyone knowingly do that? Basically because they were tricked and/or bribed.

The materials on this page are all about providing education so that citizens will not be tricked. Regarding the latter, the real kicker in this situation is that the bribe is actually an illusion — as the net financial impact is typically negative! [Note see this summary of several other important wind energy illusions.]

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Note: for those who chose Option #1 (above), in almost all cases a proper wind ordinance is by FAR the most effective defense that local communities have. Such a law is not designed to exclude industrial wind energy, but rather is about properly representing citizen rights. More specifically, it is about protecting the health, safety, and welfare of citizens, small local businesses, regional ecosystems, and the military.

[Almost every state’s Constitution (or General Statutes) has a provision about local legislators being obligated to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens. It is imperative to find that in your state, and then cite it repeatedly.]

Ultimately what is being engaged in, is a Public Relations (PR) battle. Of course, few people understand PR, or how to effectively utilize it. Below are some discussions to assist you in that regard. If local citizen-rights advocates win the PR battle, they are in a superior position to win the overall war.

The bottom line: to get a proper protective wind ordinance passed, the most effective PR strategy is to focus on the NET local economics. To convey that message, citizen-rights advocates need to have a firm grasp on industrial wind energy financial realities. See below for several key documents about wind energy economics.

Put in yet another way, a community engaged in this war has two fundamental options: a) to spend a LOT of time, effort and money to try to figure out how to properly deal with this complex technical matter, or b) to stand on the shoulders of other communities who have already been down this path. We strongly advocate the later!

 

Economic Arguments:

Why Local Economics is the Winning Strategy

Wind Energy: Local Economics 101 (this includes some of the material below)

Agricultural Yield Reductions due to Bats Killed by Turbines and WNS, plus $ for each US County

(Here is MUCH more information about the importance of Bats, and their killing by turbines)

2016 NC State University Tourism Study (and several more)

2016 Clarkson PhD Property Value Study (and many more)

Some Human Health Costs (and many more health studies)

The Shocking Cost of Renewable Energy (and several other such reports)

Jobs Lost Due to Increased Cost of Electricity (and numerous other similar studies)

Wind Energy Clashes with Real Farming

Wind Energy Is Not Compatible with Hunting (and possibly fishing)

Industrial Wind Energy’s Impact on the Military (using NC examples)

Wind Energy Can Interfere with Multiple Communications (including Radar)

—> A Sample Wind Project’s Economic Analysis

Green energy jobs claims are a ruse

 

Legal Documents:

Selecting the right attorney is EXTREMELY important. Here is some guidance.

An overview: Writing an Effective Local Wind Ordinance

The National Model Local Wind Ordinance with a Bullet Points summary

Support for a Property Value Guarantee

Support for a 1 Mile Setback (from property lines)

Support for 35 dBA Sound Limit (24/7/365)

A comparison of wind ordinances for sample NYS communities

A superior study of the regulatory issues involved, by the town of Bethany, NY

Legal Options for citizens, if a proper wind ordinance does not get passed

 

Understanding Public Relations & Wind Energy Realities:

Some Local Legislators Perspective on Wind Energy

A Plan of Action

An Analysis of Anti-Wind Strategies

What Not To Say

It’s STRONGLY advisable that the community should see the movie Windfall

40+ Legal and Economic Concerns for Potential Wind Energy Leaseholders

As a reference source, this interactive map shows all installed US wind turbines as of 1/18.

Twenty-One Bad Things About Wind Energy: a synopsis of all the wind energy justifications — and the reality

Energy and Mankind

 

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