Morehead City, N.C.

Nov. 11, 2013

TO THE EDITOR:

In response to the Carteret County News-Times wind energy article appearing in Sunday’s edition, “Energy firm scales down wind farm,” having been involved with over a hundred proposed wind projects throughout North America, what was reported is actually standard practice.

We are dealing with people who are world class marketers. Nothing they say or do is inadvertent or accidental — including apparent “mistakes” — as the entire application is extremely well choreographed.

For example, a favorite tactic of wind developers is to:

Initially propose more turbines than they need.

Then, after community concerns are expressed, which is 100% of the time, they “voluntarily” reduce the number of turbines proposed. This conveys the planned message that they are sensitive to community issues, and are just good old boys trying to work out a reasonable arrangement (but not, on both counts!).

Their real objective is to get their foot into the door. Once that’s been accomplished (by getting relaxed regulations), they will propose a Phase II that will include many more turbines. (In fact at last week’s meeting they referred to their current proposal as the “initial phase.” Remember, in this case they are working with a 7,000+ acre parcel).

I’m passing this on as I know that state and local officials have very little first-hand experience in dealing with these extraordinary salespeople.

They have only one concern: to maximize their profits — and they are within their rights to have that focus.

We need to realize that whatever they say, they have essentially zero real concern for the health and safety of nearby citizens, or for the environment or for our military bases.

These people could easily sell ice to Eskimos, and they see North Carolina as an easy pickings situation — due to our inexperience and weak regulations.

The answer?

Get educated. WiseEnergy.org is a superior one-stop place to go.

See the developer’s words and tactics for what they are, and smile at their ingenuity and audaciousness.

Do not expect that the weak state law (H484) will be any more than a minor bump in the road to these experts.

Pass strong, citizen friendly town and county wind ordinances.

Be prepared to make a good case to the N.C. Public Utility Service that such a development violates several parts of the states’ statutes regarding what electricity sources they are supposed to be approving.

This will take commitment, time and effort — but numerous communities throughout the country have been successful in defending their rights in these matters.

Email me with any questions (aaprjohn@northnet.org).

JOHN DROZ JR.

(6) comments

inthemiddle

Looked at your website and you have several articles claiming climate change is not real. You just lost yourself any bit of credibility.

dc

Sounds like he's right on target.

dc

An EMC buys wind from Iowa and carbon credits from somewhere. Sounds like a great energy policy that is being forced upon the masses. It's about as logical as unaffordable health care forced on the same masses. The people that like to tell everyone else how they should live have really got things figured out. What will the people have to endure next? The people would fair better if these brilliant "decision-makers" could be sent home with pay. No work or decision-making required.


aonorio

Response to"intermingle"
The article is pointing mostly to government give away money and small thinking citizens.
Sometimes and most times we must say what is true, noble, honest. Global swarming is the psychological understanding of "well whatever".
If it is lack of wisdom that we make hard decisions, then we need to get on our knees before almighty God so we can be led to make right decisions. When government decides to give away consumers money in order to fail, then I think it is high time for government to get out of the larceny and coersion business. But that will never happen as long as the blogger is not right thinking. There is lots of mooching going on these days. I for one am in race of finding accountability within the ranks of government in all aspects, and in the wallets of the gluttenous in the ranks of the leeches


DeadBolt

This is falling on deaf ears , ie: if their willing to spend the amount of money on the project, theirs basically no way of stopping it. (regardless of a few negative posts of concerns).

dc

Have an idea that about everything posted falls on deaf ears except those posting and even much of that does too. Nice to take a break and BS a little isn't it?

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