Environmental Justice

8/20/2020
Blackouts Expose Perils And Costs Of California’s ‘Electrify Everything’ Push
Forbes, Robert Bryce
The push to electrify everything would prohibit the use of natural gas in buildings, transportation, and require the grid to run solely on renewables.This will further increase the cost of energy at the very same time that the state’s electricity rates are soaring, and will result in yet-higher energy costs. They are regressive energy taxes that will hurt low- and middle-income consumers and in doing so, exacerbate California’s poverty problem. Forcing Californians to solely use electricity for cooking, home heating, water heaters, and clothes dryers costs them four times as much as natural gas. As wealthier ratepayers add solar panels to their roofs and use more efficient appliances, the utilities are selling less energy. However, the utilities must still cover all of their ongoing costs that means they have to charge more for each kilowatt-hour since they are selling fewer of them.

6/1/2020
In New York and New England, Wind Energy Projects Are “Like Siting Landfills. Nobody Wants Them.”
Real Clear Energy, Robert Bryce
“The raging land-use battles in New York over renewable-energy siting aren’t just about property rights and home rule, they are also about geography and class. New York is becoming a wind-energy plantation for New England. Furthermore, some of the state’s poorest counties are being targeted by some of the biggest wind projects.The rural opposition has been so strong that earlier this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo added a provision, known as Article 23, to the state budget that effectively strips local communities of their ability to stop big renewable-energy projects from being built in their jurisdictions. In response, several communities, including Cambria, Yates, and Somerset, passed resolutions declaring themselves “sanctuary towns” against the encroachment of large-scale renewable projects. In addition, Niagara and Orleans counties passed resolutions opposing Article 23.”

4/15/2020
Wind Turbine Noise Associated With Worse Self-Reported Sleep
Reuters Health, Lisa Rapaport
The study included 24 participants who lived close to wind turbines, and a reference group of 26 individuals who didn’t live near wind turbines, who spent three consecutive nights in a sleep laboratory. The first night was for habituation, then participants were randomized to a quiet control and an intervention night with exposure to simulated wind turbine noise.
REM sleep latency was 16.8 minutes longer and REM sleep was 11.1 minutes shorter on nights participants were exposed to wind turbine noise, the study found. Other measures of objective sleep did not differ significantly between nights, including key indicators of sleep disturbance.
Results were similar for people with and without prior exposure to wind turbine noise.
“The findings indicate that continuous environmental noise with amplitude modulations may have some impact on sleep,” said senior study author Kerstin Persson Waye of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

10/28/2918
Wisconsin town fighting giant wind farm thinks developer has abandoned project
Cision PR Newswire, Town of Forest
The town’s position is based on a ruling from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission that the project must comply with state noise standards 100 percent of the time it operates. This change came following a lawsuit from the town challenging the PSC’s initial order that had arbitrarily set a 95 percent noise compliance standard.

6/1/2020
In New York and New England, Wind Energy Projects Are “Like Siting Landfills. Nobody Wants Them.”
Real Clear Energy
Robert Bryce
“The raging land-use battles in New York over renewable-energy siting aren’t just about property rights and home rule, they are also about geography and class. New York is becoming a wind-energy plantation for New England. Furthermore, some of the state’s poorest counties are being targeted by some of the biggest wind projects.The rural opposition has been so strong that earlier this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo added a provision, known as Article 23, to the state budget that effectively strips local communities of their ability to stop big renewable-energy projects from being built in their jurisdictions. In response, several communities, including Cambria, Yates, and Somerset, passed resolutions declaring themselves “sanctuary towns” against the encroachment of large-scale renewable projects. In addition, Niagara and Orleans counties passed resolutions opposing Article 23.”

11/13/2019
Hawaii protests show why wind energy can’t save us from climate change
The Hill
Robert Bryce
Of the many land-use conflicts that have erupted during the past decade over proposed renewable-energy projects, the protests at Kahuku are remarkable both for their duration and the number of people who have been arrested. The conflicts are a harbinger of more clashes to come if governments attempt to install the colossal quantities of wind turbines and solar panels that would be needed to fuel the global economy. The refusal of all-renewable advocates to consider the cartoonish land requirements of their schemes and how those plans are affecting ordinary people in rural areas is perhaps the single biggest disconnect in the current energy debate.

8/6/2019
‘Planet of the Humans’, Possibly Most Bracing Environmental Documentary Ever Made
Non Fiction Film
Matthew Carey, documentary film writer and journalist
Director Jeff Gibbs argues we’re heading towards ‘total human apocalypse’ and green energy is ‘not going to save us, it’s actually going to kill us faster’

3/18/2019
Why some rural communities are fighting back against wind development
News-Sentinel
Jeremy Kitson, Citizens for Clear Skies, from Van Wert County, Ohio
Folks fighting for their quality of life are not against better means to serve our complicated energy needs. We are fighting for our property rights, our health, our guaranteed safety, and energy policy that makes sense.

3/7/2019
San Bernardino County Says No to Big Renewables
National Review
Robert Bryce
All across the country rural landowners and governments have been rejecting or restricting renewable projects, and they’re doing so at the very same time that left-leaning politicians and some of the country’s biggest environmental groups are claiming that the U.S. must quit using hydrocarbons and nuclear energy, and instead rely solely on renewable energy for our electricity.

10/22/2018
The Monsters on the Ridge
Bob Lonsberry
Why do you think wind and solar projects in New York invariably end up in the poorest, most rural and politically powerless communities?

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