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RON BEATY: Oppose Cape Wind!

Ron Beaty for State Senator
Ron Beaty for State Senator
OPPOSE CAPE WIND, ON SEPTEMBER 9TH, VOTE FOR RONALD BEATY, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE - CAPE & ISLANDS DISTRICT, STATE SENATOR As a colonial-rooted Cape Cod native who firmly believes in the sanctity of our maritime heritage, I am writing to ardently express my steadfast support for the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. Based upon sensible logic, data and reasoning, I am also conversely opposed to the controversial Cape Wind Project which seeks to despoil and rob us of the pristine nautical legacy bestowed by our forefathers. As a result of the likely profound damaging regional financial, ecological and public safety consequences Cape Wind would bring upon us all, it should not be allowed to proceed forward to fruition.The project poses a cogent danger to essential air and sea navigation. Siting the project in Nantucket Sound is a breach of the public trust. Contrary to their sham claims, the cost of the electricity which the project will produce would not be cheap or competitive. It would be an unbearable fiscal burden foisted upon us without our sanction or consent.Furthermore, it will represent a deleterious local economic blow by its absconding of undeserved taxpayer-funded subsidies, forced real estate devaluations and lost revenues from commercial and tourism activities. The proposed 130 wind turbines will perpetually cause unsightly visual contamination and distressing noise pollution. Finally, Cape Wind will unnecessarily endanger a critical marine and wildlife habitat.With the aforesaid thoughtful rationales in mind, along with the inherently unfair and inequitable nature of the proposed Cape Wind project itself, it must not become a reality which will forever doom our children and grandchildren to a ghastly, socially inhumane legacy. Ron Beaty
Frank Haggerty July 03, 2014 at 07:23 PM
How and Why is the Cape Wind project is using antique 2009 gear box driven 3.6 megawatt commercial wind turbines ? Today ocean wind contractors use direct drive type wind turbines because of the high rate of failures in gear box driven turbines .Since 2009 the price of copper has doubled making the underwater electric grid cable costs also double. The price of the project in 2009 was 2.6 Billion in 2014 it will cost 4 Billion ?
ifish02719 July 04, 2014 at 05:06 PM
NEE I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you missed the authors conclusion: "Our results for the power system in the state of Illinois show significant emissions effects from increased cycling and particularly start-ups of thermal power plants. However, we conclude that as the wind power penetration increases, pollutant emissions decrease overall due to the replacement of fossil fuels." This directly contradicts your main argument. Illinois was at 5.1% wind power penetration in 2013 so they are already eliminating several million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year today.
NortheasternEE July 04, 2014 at 05:29 PM
His conclusion is wrong. Texas with a much higher penetration has at times a net increase in CO2 emissions. I've got to believe that if he did not project a positive outcome, his career might suffer. The general theme seems to be that it's not as good as we thought but it will get better. I doubt it!
ifish02719 July 04, 2014 at 11:09 PM
He? You mean Argonne National Lab? One of the preeminent research labs in the US? You are disagreeing with world class scientists and you have what data to refute them? Prove Texas has a net increase in CO2 output. They do not. They have a dramatic decrease in CO2 output and you are making stuff up again. Consult your "Texas file" and let us know what data you find there.
NortheasternEE July 05, 2014 at 09:08 AM
His conclusion is based on future technologies that do not exist and may never exist. - "The best solution, he said, would be a way to store unused energy when the wind is blowing. But we don’t have a good way to store large amounts of electricity, a problem Argonne battery scientists are tackling elsewhere at the lab. In the meantime, smarter electric grids can help by leveling out demand." - The only way to avoid climate change is with a technology that is cheaper and as effective as fossil fuel. Renewable energy coupled with storage has that potential. But, mandates like the Green Communities Act that force wind and solar on a grid that can't handle it, and fails to avoid carbon as promised are counter-productive. - Tell the policymakers to STOP, and concentrate on funding basic research on storage. That is the most promising solution. The inconvenience of the smart grid will never be accepted by the public. It's just another "pie in the sky" concept to divert attention to the fact that more than doubling the cost of electricity with renewables, while failing to avoid carbon spells failure.

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