Lyon/Geneva, 17 October 2013 – The specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), announced today that it has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). 1 After thoroughly reviewing the latest available scientific literature, the world’s leading experts convened by the IARC Monographs Programme concluded that there is sufficient evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer (Group 1). They also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Particulate matter, a major component of outdoor air pollution, was evaluated separately and was 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.
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. —
… 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. —
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! —
IARC: Outdoor air pollution a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths
28 Oct 2013
The top 5 signs that wind is becoming America’s most affordable energy choice
10 Sep 2013
We already knew American wind power benefits our economy, since it supports over 80,000 American jobs, adds billions of dollars into local, state, and national economies, and keeps our air clean by displacing harmful carbon emissions. But recent news adds to the evidence that wind costs have declined significantly and the savings are being passed onto everyday utility ratepayers like you and me. At the heart of this good news is the fact that wind turbine technology is improving. New technology means not only lower costs to produce wind turbines but also increased turbine productivity. The results of these improvements Read more →
Tom Carlson: Eastern Shore wind is part of the equation
16 Apr 2013
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 →
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 →