Mar 22, 2013 Written by Tom Carlson Re: “Make wind part of the equation,” Mar. 12 The Daily Times editorial board was right on in their recent editorial on offshore wind power. We must diversify our energy portfolio and wind power — both offshore and on land — will bring immense benefits to our state and the lower Eastern Shore in particular. Some of our state’s best wind resources are on the lower Eastern Shore. The developer of one proposed project in Somerset County, the Great Bay Wind Energy Center, has gone above and beyond, ensuring land-based wind is developed Read more →
Investing in SomersetOnce constructed, Great Bay Wind Energy Center will contribute significant amounts of tax revenue to the County, which means more money for the community to invest in schools, parks, and roads. The tax revenue that Great Bay Wind will provide could also be used to partially reduce existing taxes that local residents currently pay.
Energy IndependenceGreat Bay Wind will increase America’s energy independence and move our country away from supporting unstable foreign oil. It will also diminish Maryland’s reliance on polluting energy sources such as coal and natural gas that are imported from other states. Instead, Maryland will be able to count on an inexhaustible, clean, and renewable source of energy found right in its own backyard.
Strengthening Local AgricultureGreat Bay Wind can help local farmers by providing them a new revenue stream and source of income, while simultaneously protecting the region’s agricultural way of life. Crops can be grown and livestock grazed right up to the base of the turbines. Even tree farming poses no problems for wind energy generation in Somerset County.
Somerset County Public Schools whole heartedly supports this initiative and we look forward to the winds of change blowing our way in the near future! —
… this is a great way to add tremendous revenue to the county while also supporting the agricultural way of life and farmers that are also a key driver to the local economy. —
The Great Bay Project creates a large number of jobs and increases economic activity...[it] is very beneficial to Somerset County and the State of Maryland as a whole. —
Tom Carlson: Eastern Shore wind is part of the equation
16 Apr 2013
Survey Finds Most Republicans Seek Action on Climate Change
5 Apr 2013
By ANDREW C. REVKIN It’s time for that national “listening tour” on energy and climate, President Obama. Some evidence comes in a new survey from the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University (seen via Tom Yulsman on Facebook). Here’s an excerpt from the news release: In a recent survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents conducted by the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University, a majority of respondents (62 percent) said they feel America should take steps to address climate change. More than three out of four survey respondents (77 percent) said the United Read more →
Stanford researcher maps out an alternative energy future for New York
28 Mar 2013
Stanford Report, March 12, 2013 A study, co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson, outlines a path to statewide renewable energy conversion, and away from natural gas and imported fuel. BY ROB JORDAN NYSERDAWind turbines on the Tug Hill plateau in upstate New York. A new study, co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson, details how to convert New York’s energy infrastructure to one powered by wind, water and sunlight. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will soon decide whether to approve hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the state. To date, no alternative to expanded gas drilling has been proposed. But Read more →
ANYWHERE IT BLOWS
27 Feb 2013
Wind is no longer the energy source of the future. It’s ready today. By Edward Humes BY LATE OCTOBER, THE GENTLY ROLLING FARMLANDof central Iowa is stripped bare, its fertile miles of cornfields shorn by harvesters and swept clean by the incessant prairie wind. “We just finished the harvest last night,” Randy Caviness says as he gazes fondly at his fields, his weary face as stubbly as his 3,200 acres of corn and soy. “There’s only one crop left.” He turns his old Ford pickup onto a narrow Adair County farm road, then brakes and points. “There it is. We Read more →
Cape audience hears of wind farms’ benefits
14 Feb 2013
CAPE VINCENT — Bringing a wind farm into the community was “one of the best things that ever happened” to their towns, according to some speakers at an informational meeting hosted by Voters for Wind Tuesday night. Sheldon Town Supervisor John Knab said the town will levy no land tax for the third straight year in 2011 thanks to a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with Sheldon Energy LLC, the developers of the 75-turbine High Sheldon Wind Farm in the rural town in Wyoming County. During its planning stages, the project was met with opposition from some Sheldon residents who sued the town Read more →