The MCAN Climate Minute – The Year in Review

Good morning, not from the pink and orange coffeehouse, but from a cubicle in a small-town public library.  With the end of the year rapidly approaching Ted and I thought we’d take a look back at 2012 and talk about some of the lasting impressions we had from Two Thousand and Twelve, Anno Domini.

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Here’s more information about some of the things we talked about in this edition of the Climate Minute:

Check our our blogs on Falmouth wind and the Plymouth wind moratorium attempt.  For a look at the propsed wind siting reform legislation, go here.  And if you’re interested at seeing what the opposition, WindWise, has to say, check out their site here.

For a good overview of the wind power production tax credit, check out DSIRE’s page here.

Ted had a great time at the Government Center Vigil, and spoke with some of the folks there.

Here’s our blog on the Arctic melt maximum this fall.  To read more about the opening of the Northwest passage go here.  The level of the Mississippi River is discussed here, hopefully the recent blizzard in the midwest will make a difference.

We wrote about Bill McKibben’s “Do the Math” tour here, and his excellent Rolling Stone piece about the most important three numbers is here.

As we mentioned, even merchandiser Kohl’s is getting in on the action, but Beacon Hill leadership isn’t getting message yet, as the bottle bill languishes for another year.

The Boston Globe wrote about the B corporation movement in their Ideas section, and MIT’s Sloan School journal had an article here.

Finally, as we wrap up the year with the slightest glimmer of a chance for a white Christmas, Think Progress is writing that 2012 will almost certainly be the hottest year on record.

We’ve enjoyed our conversations with you in 2012, and look forward to coming at you from the pink and orange coffeehouse, or places yet to be discovered, in the new year.

And, as always — remember, for these reasons we have discussed, the United States must place a price on carbon.  Have a great weekend, and we look forward to talking with you again next week!

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One Response to The MCAN Climate Minute – The Year in Review

  1. Health Issues- Residential Torture by Wind Turbines 2013
    In 2013 the Town of Falmouth has to take responsibility for the poor siting of commercial wind turbines. The mediation over health issues has gone on for eight months.The mediation provided participants with realistic but fictionalized scenarios.

    The Town of Falmouth has a Representative Town Meeting form of government in which they have voted to put financial concerns ahead of health concerns of potentially one hundred homes and residents. Falmouth town meeting members rejected a measure that would have shut down the town embattled wind turbines at a town meeting. Today money trumps torture and even death, money becomes blinders to all but money.

    The wind industry ,state and local officials ,semi-quasi state agencies encouraged by the Governor Patrick Administration’s goal to expand wind power continue to risk the health of citizens.

    Town Meeting Members and local politicians have to publicly recognize the physical illnesses and emotional suffering caused by operating wind turbines! Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) is worried about the health of the citizens living around the turbines.Why not Town Meeting Members ?

    The town is deliberately inflicting acute pain by one person on another for financial gain.

    There are many ongoing issues with the poor siting of commercial wind turbines in Massachusetts. In particular the Falmouth wind turbines which were sold to the Town of Falmouth by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative now the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

    Mediation has been ongoing in Falmouth for months with over 22 meetings. The standard operating procedure at the mediation meetings has been to make local residents wait up to three hours to speak at the end of the meetings . The meetings look to center on the Town of Falmouth financial issues rather than health issues. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center who has taken over many duties of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is involved in the ongoing mediation – The ones who sold the turbine to Falmouth are involved in the mediation ? Yes!

    As each new megawatt turbine is installed in residential communities Falmouth,Fairhaven,Kingston and Scituate more citizens groups speak out against noise issues (infrasound) . Shadow flicker and ice throw has taken a back seat to the noise issue.

    The Massachusetts agencies and mediation actions looks more like a method or effort to stall the residents of Massachusetts from telling the truth about wind turbine noise issues and infrasound. The eight months of negotiations looks like an attempt by an environmental social agency to re-educate a population of people sick from turbine noise and lost all their life savings which is their property value

    The actions of local town governments over financial issues and residential health issues are growing by the day. Recently the Town of Falmouth had promised the residents not to run the turbines at night during the holidays . The day before Christmas the Falmouth Wind II turbine was operated aggravating the residents around the turbines . This is not the first time the turbine ‘accidentally’ ran .The town offered no reason how the turbine was out of their control. Merry Christmas to the neighbors ?

    The wind industry is hiding a dirty little secret about the 1.5 megawatt turbines installed after 2008 with the same gear box manufacturer . Princeton ,Massachusetts- Portsmouth High School ,Rhode Island and Otis ANG Base ,Cape Cod .The gear boxes are failing costing near one million including a special crane. The repairs are creating a secondary industry making catastrophic repairs of three year old wind turbines.

    The bottom line here is the wind industry ,state and local officials ,semi-quasi state agencies and pro wind turbine groups have to get out in front of the ongoing failures of commercial wind in Massachusetts.

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