When they’re real citizens, saying what they believe, charges of ‘astroturfing’ by the other side are baseless. Organizing supporters or opponents of a cause to take action is what grassroots politics is all about.
NIMBY opposition arguments always have enough validity to give the opponent some cover, to deflect the idea that what they are really saying is they are afraid of change, are too selfish to support a project that will have wide-scale public benefits or they are simply opposed to anything new for any reason.
Looks like land use politics is quickly following on the heels of wind energy’s movement to the mountains and shores of the southeast. The Carolinas are the new front in the midst of sometimes heated discussions about wind energy in locations considered sacred by many environmentalists, preservationists and avid nature enthusiasts, particularly in the Appalachians.
The international nuclear story is an interesting one for many reasons. The long walk from pariah status to must-have clean technology, where even members of the Green movement are recanting and admitting they had it all wrong. But nuclear is still, even now, a polarising type of development.
By Jay Vincent, Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group Last week, nuclear industry executives and allied interests met in Washington to carve out a role for nuclear power in the U.S. as a stable, base load source of energy generation that is both reliable and “green.” Hosting several key Capitol Hill speakers, including House Majority Leader Steny … Read More
Renewable energy interests have effectively linked themselves to key issues of national importance, but it’s not enough to overcome citizen opposition when a project is proposed for their community. That’s the conclusion Saint Consulting Senior Vice President for Energy Ben Kelahan expressed in a news article reported in Wind Energy Weekly. Local opposition to wind energy projects persists, despite the … Read More
March 20, 2009 Wind Energy Weekly An impressive 82% of Americans support wind farm projects in their hometown, up from 76% a year ago, according to a recent survey. The 2009 Saint Index is the fourth such survey from the Saint Consulting Group and involved interviews with 1,000 adults nationwide. Broken down by region, residents in the Midwest showed the … Read More
By Jay Vincent Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group Last week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told America what we at Saint Consulting have been saying to many of our renewable energy clients: renewable energy policy is great, but it’s just policy until you actually have the decision-making authority to site generation projects and transmission lines … Read More
By Jay Vincent Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group The Bangor Daily News is backing steps by the state of Maine to shift the permitting process for wind projects from local to state level. I’ve been waiting for this. In fact, I’m very surprised that it’s taken this long for states that are significantly invested in renewable … Read More
By Jay Vincent, Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group A recent American Wind Energy Association’s Project Siting Workshop I attended went beyond the core environmental issues that any new site must address to tackle the impact of community politics, which often prevents or delays wind turbines from even being built. Experts on noise, … Read More
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