At a press conference Thursday two Vermont senators announced proposed legislation for a three-year moratorium on new industrial wind development on Vermont's ridges. Rob Roper of the Ethan Allen Institute made four-minute video at the conference: it has some amazing graphics of wind development.
Two recent articles also cover this press conference:
Brattleboro Reformer: The Local Ridges
An article by Mike Faher in the Brattleboro Reformer describes the press conference, and connects it to the town of Windham's fight against industrial wind on its local ridges. (The town of Windham is in Windham County, which is also home to the town of Vernon and Vermont Yankee.)
Eight pro-wind groups made a lengthy statement against this proposed legislation. The groups include the local Sierra Club, Citizens Awareness Network (their website is nukebusters.org), and the Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance. The Reformer article says: In the groups' press release, Kilian characterized wind-power opposition as "the extreme voices of those who refuse to take responsibility for our energy future."
(Snark warning I just LOVE it when nuclear-opponents-and-wind-promoters insult people that way. Winning people to your side by name-calling. Go for it, guys! Do some more of this! End snark.)
Vermont Digger: The Governor's Opinion and the Bill Itself
An article by Andrew Stein in Vermont Digger includes a video of the conference, a link to the draft bill itself, and an interesting correction (the correction, IMO, is not the reporter's fault...)
Here's the correction: Gov. Peter Shumlin said on Friday that he is still vehemently opposed to the idea of a moratorium on utility-scale wind development. VTDigger originally reported that Shumlin indicated earlier this week that he was not completely opposed to the idea.
The Digger article has a lengthy comment stream, including many comments by my friend Willem Post. Post is a world-wide authority on wind power and its problems. He has many excellent posts on wind power on The Energy Collective website. Thousands of people follow his posts there. He is also an occasional guest blogger on this blog.
Rob Roper made the video above. Roper is President of the Ethan Allen Institute, and the Energy Education Project (I am director) is part of the Ethan Allen Institute.
I blogged about this press conference a few days ago: A Wind Moratorium Press Conference in Montpelier. That earlier post includes information about Vermont Electric Cooperative and wind power.