Saint Model Outcomes – actions speak louder than words in land use politics

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These seven case studies come from a variety of projects managed by The Saint Consulting Group, where we identified latent support to champion a project, or created a counter-voice to balance opposition groups that had dominated the planning process. Some used video petitions and canvassing to generate community advocacy. All persuaded elected officials it was in their electoral interest to listen to wider voter sentiment, not just the vocal NIMBY minority.

Most Americans do not see large wind farms as harmful — Saint Index report

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Seventy-nine percent of Americans do not believe a large wind farm project is detrimental to their health and welfare, according to the 2009 US Saint Index survey of attitudes toward real estate development projects. The North American Windpower blog reports that slightly more than one in 10 adults, 11 percent, say a large wind project could diminish health and welfare. … Read More

2012 Was Good Year for Wind Energy, 2013 Less Optimistic

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Wind energy annual reports in Europe and the United States agree that 2012 was a good year for the wind energy industry, but 2013 poses different kinds of difficulties. Julie Wernau, reporting in The Chicago Tribune, wrote: In the U.S. overall, nearly two-thirds of the more than 13,000 MW of new wind power in 2012 came online in the fourth quarter … Read More

Ultimate Environmental Debate on Role of Fossil Fuels in Providing Energy – TONIGHT!

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It is billed as the Ultimate Environmental Debate.  Instead of political debates, listen tonight to a debate on the role of fossil fuels in providing energy, at 7 pm EST, between Alex Epstein, the founder of The Center for Industrial Progress and Bill McKibben, a leading national environmentalist. Click on this link to sign in and watch live – http://fossilfueldebate.com … Read More

Your Invitation to Saint Consulting Energy Learning Lunch, Nov 6

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Jay Vincent, senior vice president for energy, invites you to attend A Saint Consulting Energy Learning Lunch we will hold on Tuesday, Nov 6, at 12 noon CST. After a busy summer, we are resuming these free lunch-hour webinars with the topic, Managing Communications with Your Leaseholds. It’s easy to register, click here Also, if you have not checked out our … Read More

Sign Up for Saint Consulting Learning Lunches in October – Free, Informative, Useful

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Today is a great time to sign up for one or more of our free one-hour lunches scheduled in October, beginning with the Energy Learning Lunch we will hold on Thursday, October 4, at 12 noon CDT with the topic, Managing Communications with Your Leaseholds. It’s easy to register.

Your Invitation to Saint Consulting Energy Learning Lunch, Oct 4

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This is a quick reminder to invite you to attend the free Energy Learning Lunch we will hold on Thursday, October 4, at 12 noon CDT. After a busy summer, we are resuming these lunch-hour webinars with the topic, Managing Communications with Your Leaseholds. It’s easy to register, click here I also would invite you to see how Saint Digital has … Read More

Join our Energy Learning Lunch on Public Hearings, June 19, 12 noon CDT

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You are invited to join our Energy Learning Lunch on Tuesday, June 19, at 12 noon CDT for another free webinar where we share some of the insights gleaned from nearly 30 years building winning strategies for permitting controversial projects. This session’s topic will be to discuss turnout and scripting for public hearings as part of building an Advocacy Pyramid to support your project.

Chevron Chief: Lesson from Keystone Pipeline – Be Early, Be Factual, Address Issues

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The energy industry should learn from Keystone XL pipeline opponents that “we have to do a better job of educating the community, we have to get out there earlier to identify and address concerns before the environmentalists get started,” Chevron CEO John Watson said at a forum on the energy economy.