Wind Power Greed

Timlynn Babitsky | Issues: Strategies & Tactics | Thursday, September 11th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
The North Country is a chronically distressed region of poor farms, few opportunities, little money, and big wind. Dangling the lure of many good jobs and bushels of tax revenue, modern day carpetbaggers have descended on this region, and upstate New York is squarely facing its rock and a hard place. (more…)

Wind Power and Property Values

Timlynn Babitsky | Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Property Values | Sunday, September 7th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
“Up goes a wind farm and down goes property value.” Outcries in Nova Scotia, the UK and even the US would have us think so. But a well-researched study of 10 major wind projects across the US shows that property values within five miles of a wind farm actually rose more quickly than comparables in the region. (more…)

Do Your Wind Power Homework

Timlynn Babitsky | Health Problems,Issues: Strategies & Tactics | Monday, August 18th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
For every pro-wind power benefit, there are anti-wind power issues lined up on the other side. There will always be opposition and objections to any issue. The challenge is to be able to separate truth from fiction and facts from opinions. To do this, you have GOT to do your homework. Take “wind power syndrome” for example.   (more…)

Wind Power Gets Smart

Timlynn Babitsky | Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Power Grid Problems | Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
The aging transmission infrastructure across the US is indeed the bottleneck for renewable energy. But in our rush to “fix” this problem, we need to avoid making the same mistakes in building out the transmission grid now that were made in the 1970s. (more…)


Timlynn Babitsky | Benefits & Support,Bird kills,NIMBY | Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Texas wind power cheerleader Jerry Patterson, takes on Ted Kennedy, the Audubon Society, environmentalists and the oil folks. With a gun in his boot, this Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office tells all about the future of oil and the Texas Wind Rush. (more…)

Lyme’s wind dis-ease

Timlynn Babitsky | Case studies,Issues: Strategies & Tactics,NIMBY | Sunday, July 13th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
No matter what T. Boone Pickens thinks about wind power, the Town Board of Lyme New York just doesn’t share his enthusiasm. It recently enacted a local zoning law that effectively puts the kibosh on what could be a “boone” for local residents. But, Voters for Wind won’t let their idea just blow away. (more…)

Jeykll and Tybee of Wind

Timlynn Babitsky | Case studies,Issues: Strategies & Tactics | Thursday, July 10th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Despite the 8-year hoo-hah over Cape Cod’s off shore wind farm, a 50% jump in off-shore construction costs in the last three years, and the failure of Congress to renew tax credits for wind power, Georgia is looking out to sea for more than the fishing and swimming. (more…)

Wind power satellite dish?

Timlynn Babitsky | Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Noise Pollution,Turbines are Ugly! | Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Observing the energy produced in just one day from a small wind turbine attached to his house this UK entrepreneur says there is no difference between a house-attached turbine and a satellite dish And many of his neighbors agree. (more…)

Off-shore Wind War

Timlynn Babitsky | Books,Case studies,Issues: Strategies & Tactics,NIMBY,Resources | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
The war over off-shore wind power in the US may soon be over! The first large-scale US off-shore wind project has been stalled for nearly eight years by a very rich and famous NIMBY campaign of resistors. Yet despite every effort to kill the Cape Wind project, it may be just months away from finally starting construction. (more…)

Community Wind Projects

Timlynn Babitsky | Books,Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Resources | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Gaining cooperation from individuals and groups within the same organization is never easy. Gaining support from diverse individuals and groups who do not share the common ground of the same organization is a challenging and complex social process. Wind advocates who are trying to harness the support of diverse stakeholders for agendas that are often contentious face a true test of skill in interpersonal relationship building. How do you get your wind project supported? (more…)

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