Monday, October 24, 2011

OUR FLAG OUR MOUNTAIN!

Mountain occupiers today were pleased to find that blasting has not yet progressed past the campsite –just road construction.  Blasts were slated for 10:00 and 4:00 today, but protesters on the mountain at 10:00 did not hear or feel a blast, and no one up top was confronted by any workers or officials.  It appeared that they were still busy clearing up the rubble from all the previous blasts — it is really a huge amount of rock which is being removed from the top of the access road.  If you imagine a football field covered with a solid rock creating a slope from 30 feet high down to field level, then the GMP crew needs to remove all of that rock.  It’s really an incredible amount of destruction, comparable to the strip mines of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Perhaps we didn’t hear from anyone on the mountain today because GMP had their man power in a different location.  As some of the protesters were leaving the road to the mountain, they drove past a car heading the other way.  The occupiers got out of their car to see who it was, and were surprised to find that it was Dave Coriell (or at least his stunt double) who was introduced Thursday in court as the public relations officer for the Kingdom Community Wind project.  Occupiers recognized him as the man who read the TRO aloud last week.  Dave must not have been in the mood for conversation today, however.  Rather than introducing himself when asked if there was anything we could do to assist him, Dave muttered that he was “just turning around” and his car followed the protesters offsite.  This anonymity fits well with Dave’s usual pattern — a search of GMP’s website and the website for the Lowell project failed to turn up his name, or any way for the community to reach their “relations officer.”  Looks like GMP’s idea of community relations is to read restraining orders to people camping on land that doesn’t belong to them, and then deny anyone a chance to talk back.  Go figure.

Interview With  A Leading Wind Advocate:

Question: How many miles of ridgeline is it gonna take to reach your 40% capacity?

David Blittersdorf: I don’t think you want to hear my answer.

Question: Yes, I’d like everybody to hear your answer.

   David Blittersdorf: I’ll tell you it is 200 miles of ridgeline that needs to be developed. And we have 900 miles of developable wind ridgelines and that takes out all National Forests, it takes out all terrain above 3400 feet. It takes out a bunch. But we have a lot of ridgelines in Vermont.

Wouldn’t that look pretty in VERMONT LIFE MAGAZINE.

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3 comments on “Monday, October 24, 2011

  1. Suze says:

    More power to you. Thank you. I hope to be up Wednesday.

  2. cmac says:

    I know lets have fracking like rural New York instead. Or better yet, if we are stopping mountain development we need desperately to get rid of the horribly polluting diversion of water to ski areas for un-natural snow production and gashing up our mountains. Have you seen what logging does? Lets hog tie all of it so rich out of State people can enjoy and industry free Vermont.

  3. Suze says:

    Hello there,
    A top, if not the top industry in Vermont is tourism. If we destroy our ridge lines we will reduce the state’s income. There will be fewer visitors to Vermont who come to see OUR BEAUTIFUL STATE, who vacation, have weddings, family reunions, conferences and more here. Vermonters and visiting hikers will be furious abd disgusted (too late) to find that miles and miles of Vermont’s ridge lines are POSTED: NO TRESPASSING! DANGER! INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINES”. Up to 200 MILES WILL BE POSTED LIKE THAT if Gov. Shumlin and the PSB (Public Service Board) keep fast tracking permits to subsidy grabbing corrupt wind corporations. These Gov’t subsidies = many millions of dollars that are out of tax payers money! We pay thru the nose for this inefficient destructive industrial wind technology!
    There will be fewer second home owners in Vermont who contribute substantially to Vermont’s economy. These home owners also bring people to visit, a number of whom move here and pay taxes and add to the economy. Hundreds of out of state lovers of Vermont gave many thousands of dollars to us after Hurricane Irene. I worked in a Relief Center and was handed large checks for The Community Flood Relief Fund, thousand of dollars in help.
    Some Vermonters’ homes/real estate will be greatly devalued, many will be considered uninhabitable. Who wants to live near industrial scale turbines…WHY? REASON: Their noise, infra-sound/vibrations, blade shadow flicker, night flashing lights, ice throw…and the documented serious health problems that industrial scale turbine neighbors suffer.
    I am, in fact, pro-wind in an environmentally sane and economically efficient application. I am certainly ANTI NUKE.
    VERMONT CAN BE A SOLAR STATE. Solar technology has none of the devastating destructive features of Industrial Scale Wind Technology on Vermont ridgelines. We would not have to touch out ridgelines at all! Vermont has a SOLAR RESOURCE that is hundreds of times greater than it’s paltry wind resource (Source: Dr. Ben Luce, Physicist & Professor of Sustainability. I would be happy to help you contact him.)
    *** FIRST of all, the cheapest, least harmful energy…is the “energy that we don’t use”. That is, CONSERVATION COMES FIRST. Vermont’s highest energy usage is NOT electricity. It is heating fuel and car fuel. The giant Gov’t subsidies should be given to Vermonters to WINTERIZE their homes. CARPOOLING & MASS TRANSIT should be powerfully encouraged with incentives (one of which is the fact that we lower gas consumption and wear on cars). HEY, DO YOU NOTICE THAT THE GOV’T DOES NOT DRUM UP ANY EXCITEMENT or ENCOURAGEMENT AROUND PROMOTING CONSERVATION??? Hmmmm… What do we think of that! That is hypocritical Bullsh*t!
    In the end, CMAC, we are on the same page. We all want to lower our use of fossil fuel and do out part in creating energy in alternative, smart ways. We are on the same side.

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