Key Documents

Make sure that you start by reading the Winning The Wind War page, which is a simple but important overview of what the material on this page is all about.

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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 these representatives 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 financial payments, 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. (See Winning page for more details.)

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)

A superior example of how to show community net economics. [Download the Word version.]

Sample citations to support the line items in Wind Energy: Local Economics 101:

1 a&b- More Information about the importance of Bats, and their killing by turbines

1 c&d- Wind Energy Clashes with Real Farming

2- Another example of a Hydro-Geological Study near a proposed wind project

3- Multiple studies about how tourism can decline near industrial wind facilities

4- Numerous studies about residential property value losses near wind projects

5- Some Human Health Costs (many more health studies; a special report about cancer)

6- For more examples of ecosystem destruction see: here, here, here, and here

7- For some additional reports on wildlife and livestock see: here, here, here, and here

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

9- Industrial Wind Energy Interference with the Military: an Overview

10- 40+ Legal and Economic Concerns for Potential Wind Energy Leaseholders

11- Wind Energy Can Interfere with Multiple Communications (including Radar)

12- Green energy jobs claims are a ruse (and numerous other similar studies)

 

Legal Documents:

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

Overview: Local Wind Ordinance Options

An overview: Writing an Effective Local Wind Ordinance

The National Model Local Wind Ordinance with a Bullet Points summary. [Download the model Word version.]

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:

A Plan of Action

Some Local Legislators Perspective on Wind Energy

How to Deal with Resistant Local Legislators

An Analysis of Anti-Wind Strategies

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

But doesn’t wind energy save a lot of CO2? NO! See these multiple studies that indicate otherwise.

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

        The best Wind Energy books. (On a related matter, here are the best Global Warming books.)

As a reference source, this interactive map shows all installed US wind turbines.

Energy and Mankind

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