“The Obama White House, in concert with Senate Democrats systematically pushed through regulations that dramatically raised wind subsidies, fasttracked project development, funded policy reports that benefited the sector, and generally placed industry interests ahead of public interests and assets.” These are the policies the Democratically dominated Vermont Legislature is still forcing on rural Vermonters.
“Public opposition to projects has significantly intensified as turbines standing over 500-feet tall were repeatedly sited near homes and sensitive natural habitats, still, the administration remained unequivocal in its advocacy.” This reflects what is happening in Swanton with 500 foot Wind Turbines being proposed 2000 feet from a family neighborhood.
“Obamas green energy agenda meant advancing wind interests at any cost, and it showed. The Joint Committee on Taxation now estimates the total cost of the wind production tax credit in the years 20162020 at 23.7 billion.” That’s only 5 years! And this production tax credit still has to go through a phaseout stage. Don’t get fooled – you are paying dearly for this wind power. Not only to produce it, but to buy it.
“Obama’s Department of Energy has released numerous wind–advocacy reports including its 2015 Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States which promoted the administrations unrealistic claim that wind power can provide 2035% of total U.S. electricity generation.” “By the end of 2016 wind represented about 5.5% of total U.S. generation (megawatt hours).” To meet this 2035% goal present wind production would have to be increased 500%.
“The DOE’s wind advocacy has also extended to topics outside its core proficiencies including property value impacts and turbine noise assessments. Despite obvious limitations in DOE’s methodologies, wind proponents repeatedly use these government- sponsored reports to silence the public and discredit experts who have testified to results that contradict DOE’s claims.”
Don’t be silenced. Attend the Swanton Wind workshop on Thursday night February 9th at 5pm in the Swanton Village Complex.
Dustin Lang, Swanton