Thursday, March 29, 2007

Tilting at Windmills

According to today's news, Oneida County's Board of Legislators has given tax breaks to the benignly-named Citizens Airtricity Energy for the Munnsville windmill electric power project.

"Brewer said the county did not become part of the project for the money, but rather to show it would like to be involved in other energy conservation and revenue sharing projects in the future."

Thank you, very much, Legislator Brewer. You've just provided more justification for NYRI to construct its power line project.

This subject was blogged about back in December '06 when Herkimer County was considering PILOTing windmills, so I won't repeat all my points here. See Public Impacts, Private Profits, and Piloting Nuisances. Suffice it to say that ...

Our Board of Legislators cannot see the forest for the trees.


5 comments:

Mrs Mecomber said...

Or perhaps it could be that our legislators, across the board, are being bought and paid for. Why is there this control-freaky push to wipe out our local boundaries, our state boundaries, and our national sovereignty? I speak about Arcuri's Northern Border Economic Development Commission and President Bush's North American Union (an unconstitutional pact w/Mexico and Canada)-- and all this is coincidental with the Fed's refusal to enforce our national borders. This, plus the bullying of Canadian and pseudo-American companies to use our lands as they see fit for "the economy" for a given "region." The whole thing SMELLS. Our country is being sold out from under us.

Strikeslip said...

I share your concern Mrs. Mecomber. Wipe away boundaries and it makes it easier for the politically connected to shift public resources where they want... where they will make the greatest financial gain. The federal legislation enabling a federal agency to overrule state government in siting powerlines is an example of this at work -- so Oneida County sacrifices its countryside (and parts of cities) for the benefit of Canadian and NYC entrepreneurs. I'm all in favor of entrepreneurship --- but not at the publics expense or hardship.

Strikeslip said...

This is also "coincidental" with the changes to the educational system: deprivation of knowledge, elevation of "process" (group projects), which is likely to produce workers who are good at working together and taking directions but don't know enough to question what the boss is telling them to do.

Anonymous said...

How does having the windmills in place justify NYRI? I'm confused, but interested in learning more.

Strikeslip said...

I explained this in my December post, but I'll try in a nutshell: Upstate has no shortage of electric power and does not "need" the electricity that windmills would produce. There IS a market for electricity Downstate, however, which will face shortages if Downstate continues to grow. The federal government looks at where the surpluses are (Upstate) and where the needs are (Downstate) and will establish "corridors" for power lines between the two when the disparity is great enough. NYRI would exploit such a corridor.

The more windmills that are located Upstate, the greater the surplus of electricity here. This will increase (in the federal government's mind) the need for a power line to carry the surplus power away. Hope this helps to understand.