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Frank Haggerty April 16, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Governor Deval Patrick said at the Boston Marathon yesterday : "We share the same fears, theRead Moresa me hopes, the same community," Don't believe a word he says ! Massachusetts has been suffering from commercial wind turbine torture for four years he has done nothing to stop it. Falmouth Massachusetts is ground zero for poorly placed wind turbines in the United States -For the sake of humanity stop the torture !
Paul Shaw April 15, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Nepotism, cronyism and patronage are a routine form of governance. Three disgraced former HouseRead MoreSpea kers made a visit to the State House, they were greeted with a standing ovation from legislators whose office they dishonored. Massachusetts is notorious for helping family and friends ease onto the state payroll system . Just sayin.....
Frank Haggerty April 15, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Deval Patrick said today at the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings , "We share theRead Moresam e fears, the same hopes, the same community," - Don't believe a word he says ! If he really cared he would do something about the wind turbine victims in Massachusetts. The wind turbine victims are bleeding from the inside out !
Blowin Smoke April 16, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Mr. Cool provides excerpts from the DEP/DPH report. The best he could cherry-pick was someRead Morereferenc es to "limited evidence". He didn't mention this part, from the same report .. "7. There is no evidence for a set of health effects, from exposure to wind turbines that could be characterized as a "Wind Turbine Syndrome." 8. The strongest epidemiological study suggests that there is not an association between noise from wind turbines and measures of psychological distress or mental health problems. "
Brian Elder April 16, 2014 at 09:10 AM
key word , suggests.
Frank Haggerty April 16, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Wind turbine evidence of two types of noise has been known since 2004. Studies world wide areRead Moreshowin g the mistakes made placing wind turbines too close to residential homes. We can thank God that the Falmouth wind turbines will never run 24 hours a day ever again. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center admission that they sited commercial wind turbines too close to homes in the past and now look at 2000 feet as a minimum proves many wind turbines in Massachusetts are causing health problems and constitutional residential rights problems. These type of megawatt turbines need 3000 foot setbacks. They should be moved to somewhere away from the public where they won't be a nuisance and a health issue for up to 200 homes
Frank Haggerty April 12, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Section 1983 Litigation "Section 1983 Litigation" refers to lawsuits brought underRead MoreSecti on 1983 of Title 42 of the United States Code. Section 1983 gives an individual the right to sue state government employees and others acting "under color of state law" for civil rights violations. Section 1983 has spawned a tremendous amount of interesting and lucrative litigation, as well as a wide selection of law review articles and CLE seminars. Treatises on the subject include Nahamod's Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation: The Law of Section 1983 (West Group), Schwartz's Section 1983 Litigation (J. Wiley) and Gelfand's Constitutional Litigation Under Section 1983: A Treatise for City Attorneys, Public Interest Litigators and Students.
Frank Haggerty April 12, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Folks , Here is the offer that Town Manager Julian Suso told you April 7, 2014 at Town Meeting that Read Morethe Town of Falmouth received no documentation. On March 26, 2014 ten days before Town Meeting the Mass Clean Energy Center released this press release with quotes from Julian Suso . If it walks like a duck and looks like a duck it is a duck ! Here is the offer ten days before Town Meeting : http://www.masscec.com/news/energy-officials-approve-relief-funding-falmouth-community-wind-project
Frank Haggerty April 12, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Folks Please read the truth ,March 26, 2014 : “The action of the Massachusetts Clean EnergyRead MoreCe nter to grant the Town of Falmouth financial assistance is a recognition of the ongoing strong partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the development of wind energy and other renewable energy facilities in Falmouth,” said Falmouth Town Manager Julian M. Suso. http://www.masscec.com/news/energy-officials-approve-relief-funding-falmouth-community-wind-project
Frank Haggerty April 16, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Cape Wind was a 2.6 billion dollar project in 2008. The cost of the electric grid has doubled inRead Morecos t to tie the 130 wind turbines together. The project has been downsized to 111 wind turbines to keep the cost at 2.6 Billion. The cost otherwise today would be 4 Billion. To add to the problems the gear box driven wind turbines were ordered years ago and have proven to have high maintenance costs of gear box failures at every three to five years. The project is an antique by todays standards and should not be built as it could cost 4 times the current electric rates - Cape Wind Boondoggle
NortheasternEE April 16, 2014 at 06:48 PM
You are not going to succeed in changing the laws of Physics by calling those who understand themRead More&q uot;mindless idiots", "intellectually challenged", or even "clueless". Wind energy is a highly volatile and unpredictable energy source whose power output changes with the third power of wind speed. Efforts to harness wind energy for useful work is limited by Physics. In the absence of bulk storage, generating electricity with wind turbines adds cost and fails to avoid carbon to stop global warming. - That is the minority view. But the truth has a habit of starting out that way before it becomes accepted as common sense!
Frank Haggerty April 16, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Jon Boone wrote a paper on WindBall . The paper explains how wind turbines actually cause the useRead Moreof more commercial power plant fuel. Massachusetts has falsely taught the public you can shut down all the power plants in Massachusetts and depend on wind turbines and solar power. The public has been totally misled. When the wind turbines shut down from no wind or go at full tilt the local power plants have to ramp up and down costing much more in fuel. First Wind Company has had two major fires in Hawaii trying to develop a battery back up system another big loss of renewable energy money. The financial costs of the turbines are too high - better to buy clean hydro power from Canada Jon Boone WindBall read this and you'll understand http://www.masterresource.org/2009/10/industrial-wind-plants-bad-economics-bad-ecology/
mark cool April 14, 2014 at 04:46 AM
Ikea is putting the US taxpayer's money where their mouth is in that they’re living up toRead Morethei r corporate responsibility. Building a wind farm in downstate Illinois large enough to ensure that its stores will never have to buy a single kilowatt of power again. All on the coattails of federal subsidies (you the tax payer) - "But right now wind power is a struggling business. Cheap natural gas and the end of a federal tax break for wind-power producers have left wind generation unprofitable." "The key federal subsidy for wind-energy generation, the Production Tax Credit, expired at the end of 2013. Right now, Olson acknowledges, wind-power generation needs government incentives to make money." "“We will not lose money during this process.”" http://www.commercial-news.com/local/x1445038983/IKEA-buying-wind-energy-project
Blowin Smoke April 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Ms. Hobart writes "the public is not even involved... Its just a bunch of town meeting members Read Morein Falmouth". But Falmouth's 244 town meeting representatives ARE THE PUBLIC, and are elected by every precinct. They aren't some clique of politicians - they're your neighbors, and their names are all listed at: http://www.falmouthmass.us/clerk/tm16.pdf
David Moriarty April 13, 2014 at 09:15 AM
It's time for Falouth to have a open town meeting for all citizens of Falmouth to attend andRead Morevote.We have lost control of our town.
Steve Jarret April 16, 2014 at 05:30 AM
Vt. Couple Gets $1.3M in Wind Turbine Settlement MONTPELIER, Vt . (AP) — A Vermont coupleRead Morewho se Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million . In announcing they had agreed to settle a lawsuit over a boundary dispute filed against them by GMP, Don and Shirley Nelson said they felt they could have won in court, but it would not have led to the removal of the now-operating turbines. Even if victorious in court, it's doubtful they would have received more than the $1.3 million they will get for the sale of their property and the legal case could have lingered for years, the Nelsons said. "The Nelsons intend to move from their farm to a location well away from the turbines," their statement said.
Paul Shaw April 10, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Town Manager Julian Suso said the town has not received an agreement ????? JustRead Moresayin.... http://ww w.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140409/NEWS/404090325/-1/NEWS
mark cool April 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Wind Spin 101 ~ I find it ironic that Mr. Suso proclaims that a significant amount ofRead Moremisinformatio n has been generated on this article, when he, the primary town negotiator with Mass CEC, offers no information what so ever relative the negotiations he has been apart. Either he has been delinquent in his task (which would make him privy to terms) or he hides something that otherwise may have derailed the adoption of the article. It's obvious he knows more than his nice speech let on. SPIN
Frank Haggerty April 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM
The wind turbine projects in Massachusetts have a long history of leaving out negative informationRead Morea bout commercial wind turbine projects. Mr. Suso offered the suggestion that all the emails and news stories about Article 25 were misinformed yet in front of the entire Town of Falmouth Town Meeting never told about the negotiations with the Mass Clean Energy Center and never informed the public what was going on with the offer. The information came from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Press Release which was reported in the Cape Cod Times and WXTK radio two days in a row. Do people deserve to know the truth, even if it isn't in their best interest? Is truth always the best choice of action? In "On the Decay of the Art of Lying,"
mark cool April 10, 2014 at 08:13 AM
So much for Blowin’s ‘Bro-mance’ on Mr. Suso. One year ago Mr. Suso stood inRead Moresuppo rt of Selectmen and the Finance Committee to fund the removal of the Town’s turbines. Two night ago, he apparently forgot the history of this town problem. Mr. Suso clearly clearly fails to understand business principle, and the simple actuality of what was proposed in Article 25. The article was premised on the false notion that the wind projects were approved based on "sound" logic and science that somehow qualified them to be a legitimate business operation. How can this project be considered a sound business worth promoting when; it requires subsidies to exist, and more important - It Violates the Law? The simple truth clearly missed by many folks is that we continue to throw money at a project that’s a terrible investment and that continues to break the law - absurd! As for Town Meeting passing Article 26 (authorizes $46.5 million for the design and construction of a water treatment system to alleviate “repeated water quality problems” experienced by municipal water customers). Only a year ago at Town Meeting, after “repeated noise problems” experienced by municipal citizens, Town Meeting rejected removal of the wind turbine noise sources. The town body has become hypocritical if one basic health need is worthy of financial remediation, but another basic health need is not.
digger April 10, 2014 at 09:39 AM
I am reminded of a quote worth considering as it surely applies to this ongoing lunacy andRead Moreillegalit y: Martin Luther King observed: "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity" Mr. Cool is exactly right, "How can the Falmouth wind project be considered a "sound business operation" if it violates several laws and regulations? Mr. Suso is perpetrating continued negligence...willful or otherwise.
mark cool April 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Regarding the '$300,000 from the town's free cash into the reserve fund that cushions knownRead Moreshortfal ls in the town's wind turbine operating revenue.' A reserve fund is to be used for extraordinary and unforeseen expenditures - according to the town's finance director and the town's own definition. The reserve account funds cannot be used for known reoccurring operating expenditures. Mr. Suso, in his Dec 23, 2013 Budget message to Selectmen quite clearly stated that FY2015's reoccurring operating wind debt was $176,589 and added the future reoccurring operating wind debt will increase to between $250K - $280 annually. And according to Ms. Petit and the town's own definition, the General Fund (not a Reserve Account) is to support the needs of the operating budget. If the Wind Energy Reserve ($300K from the TM and likely the 'bribe' from the state -$500K) is to be used to pay operating costs, then the Town is not following it's own rule.
Blowin Smoke April 08, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Mr. Haggerty often refers to his imaginary law requiring 2000 ft. setbacks. That law doesn'tRead Moreexist. (Anyone who disagrees, do everyone a favor and post the relevant section of state or federal law). Repetition of nonsense doesn't make it true.
Brian Elder April 08, 2014 at 06:46 PM
I don't see where Mr. Haggerty says 2000' is law. Dr. Smoke, do you own a wind turbine?
Dismantle the Cape Commission April 07, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Young Mr. Putnam has recently been desperately trying to defend the political hackery and patronage Read Moreridden Cape Cod Commission but without much success.
Frank Haggerty April 06, 2014 at 09:50 PM
Tune in Article 25 - Around 9 PM Dog & Pony Show startsRead More http://www.fctv.org/v3/content/governm ent-channel-programming-schedule
Dismantle the Cape Commission April 06, 2014 at 01:08 PM
This is unbelievable, but true!
mikeb11624 April 06, 2014 at 03:28 PM
without the Cape Cod Commission, they would be breaking ground for a Lowes in Dennis. Local zoningRead Morec ould not stop it
Nancy Palmer-White April 06, 2014 at 05:38 PM
The Town of Dennis WANTED Lowes.
Paul Shaw April 06, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Risks: (1.) Only MassCEC, has provided independent analysis of project financial's includingRead Moreevalua tion of a number of operational scenarios. (2.) These are only proposals to structure the additional payments for RECs in a manner that compensates the Town. (3.) MassCEC proposes to structure the REC agreement modifications and award for the operating reserve in a manner that makes it possible for MassCEC to recover funds. (4.) MassCEC still requires the Town to deliver to MassCEC all RECs generated by Wind 1. This is not a contract -just sayin....
Frank Haggerty April 06, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Don't be afraid of your government. A government is the system by which a state or community isRead Moregove rned. You are the government. “People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
Frank Haggerty April 04, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Are you a corrupt politician ? Next it may be you NIMBY- Former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasiRead Morewa s one of many government officials in Massachusetts who have been indicted. Some politicians have used their legislative powers for illicit private gain, and some have faced arraignment due to misconduct in public. From bribery and extortion to patronage and nepotism to drunken driving and sexual assault, politicians in Massachusetts have been arrested for almost all kinds of violations. Here are a few politicians who have attended courtroom sessions in their defense and a few who have been incarcerated. http://www.boston.com/news/politics/gallery/massachusetts_indicted_politicians/
digger April 05, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Noise pollution via excessive and invasive noise that is, as a matter of fact, injurious to humanRead Morehe alth can in no way be considered clean energy! That is the basic disconnect that the fishy poster suffers from... A quote by Martin Luther King to consider: "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
Frank Haggerty April 05, 2014 at 10:32 AM
May 5th the largest corruption trial in Massachusetts is set to get under way. State and localRead Morepolit icians have 30 days to cut their private deals with the federal attorneys office. The federal government looks for all cooperating politicians prior to trials of this magnitude. Political corruption is involved with the Falmouth wind turbines. It's best for local and state politicians to step up to the plate and cut the best deal possible
Frank Haggerty April 04, 2014 at 10:12 PM
The 42nd reason is the illegal Falmouth wind turbines. Ground zero for poorly placed wind turbinesRead Morei n the United States. Now Falmouth town officials are about to become involved in a "conspiracy" with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Renewable tax money from the renewable energy tax on our electric bills was never meant to subsidize illegally operated wind turbines and reward a town breaking state noise standards. Town and state officials , local board members in the Town of Falmouth should be held responsible under the RICO act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. I have done as much as possible to draw attention to the latest chapter of corruption over the poor siting of these commercial wind turbines. Believe me 1.8 million dollars draws lots of attention. Let's hope federal authorities look into the action about to be taken with Article 25 ( Wind Turbine Funding) Carmen M. Ortiz the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts John Joseph Moakley United States Federal Courthouse 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 9200 Boston, MA 02210 Main Phone: (617) 748-3100
ifish02719 April 04, 2014 at 10:33 PM
No one calls those numbers. (Well maybe you do.) There is no corruption. The feds aren'tRead Moreinvestiga ting. The state isn't investigating. There is no grand jury. There is no corruption trial. There is no full page ad. There is no "pier" reviewed study. You don't know what RICO means. You are not an acoustics expert. You are not a medical expert. You are not a legal expert. You are an internet posting champion. The majority of people in Falmouth and Fairhaven support the wind turbines.
Frank Haggerty April 05, 2014 at 07:23 AM
We think of political corruption and misled Town Meeting Members. People and organizations withRead Morethei r own agendas are skewing the voting. Falmouth politicians in office have been steered away from good government through the negotiations on Article 25 (Wind Turbine Funding). Article 25 is a misrepresentation of the facts and means a ethical line has been crossed. Article 25 was never about renegotiations of a 2009 contract and 1.8 million dollars. If article 25 passes then political corruption continues unchecked. We need to call on our politicians and public officials to be accountable for their actions. How can we trust them if we don't know what they're doing? We must demand that they put in place regulations which will force them to act openly. Then corruption can't hide.
Frank Haggerty April 05, 2014 at 07:37 AM
Public corruption needs working contracts to grow. Today we see taxes taken from the renewableRead Moreenerg y tax on our electric bills and being used to subsidize the illegal operation of the Falmouth wind turbines. How is giving up to 1.8 million dollars in renewable energy funds to Falmouth helping the environment ? With 1.8 million dollars changing hands, few government activities create greater temptations or offer more opportunities for corruption. Article 25 ( Wind Turbine Funding ) crosses the line. State and local officials may feel that if Falmouth Town Meeting Members accept Article 25 they are off the hook because so many people accepted the article. Those committees and local politicians have to ask if they have misled the public on the true content of Article 25 and have to accept responsibility for misleading Town Meeting Members.
mark cool April 05, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Frank - "misleading Town Meeting Members" ... do you mean like in the 2009 Town MeetingRead Morew here so many lucrative promises were made, only if TM would vote a little money, but then (as recent history has proven) couldn't be kept ... Blowin will say the promises weren't kept due to a few pyhco neighbors... irresponsible zoning board members and an incompetent superior court judge. In short, what he actually describes (but with doesn;t agree)... promises weren't kept because the premise is flawed and breaks the law.
Frank Haggerty April 05, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Attorney General Martha Coakley pretends to help victims all over Massachusetts except when itRead Morecomes to the wind turbine victims. The Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform calls for an all out war of fossil fuels and wind turbine victims are collateral damage. Attorney General Martha Coakley is running for governor of Massachusetts and continues to ignore the wind turbine victims. Attorney General Martha Coakley let former Massachusetts State Representative Mark Howland from Freetown Massachusetts get away with almost one million in wind turbine scams from his wind turbine business . Mark Howland moved to Hawaii and has never been heard from again. Martha Coakley has to respond to the concerns of the wind turbine victims. I have posted on Attorney General Martha Coakleys Facebook account and twitter account over 60 times - To date NO RESPONSE - https://www.facebook.com/MarthaCoakley https://twitter.com/marthacoakley
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