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SHELL: Windmills don’t blow away your bloody past

By Ellen Taylor

Humboldt’s Lost Coast is a wild, isolated part of the county. Its few roads wind steeply, and keep casual traffic out. The attention of most inhabitants is engaged in projects close to home. It was a rare visitation from the outside world therefore when last week Pana Rotana, business developer for Shell Corporation’s Wind Energy division, arrived in Petrolia to discuss Shell’s proposal for erecting 25 windmills on Bear River Ridge.

Rotana’s manner of addressing the somewhat suspicious Mattolians was neutral. When asked how the proposal was being received elsewhere, he enumerated four groups :1) approving, as an alternative energy project, and a source of tax revenues 2) favorable, though demanding that environmental impacts be seriously addressed, 3) opposed because poorly informed and 4) opposed because it hates Big Oil.

Shell has written off this fourth group. As strategy this is understandable. Shell WindEnergy should appear as a separate entity, or at least a new, clean face of Shell. However, before we dismiss the disastrous history of Shell’s activities around the globe as irrelevant to this presumably cleaner project, we need to consider, first, whether we owe any solidarity to the people whose lives have been destroyed by Shell, and then, what sort of reference this history provides for a prospective neighbor.

Shell is an amalgamation of 1,700 corporations operating in 70 countries around the world owned by Royal Dutch Shell. The words of this Canadian

Chippewa provide a sample of the kind of reference ordinary people on five continents might give:

”Shell’s (tar sands, in this case) operations are disrupting our traditional way of life, destroying our air, water, land and medicinal plants and the birds, fish and animals we depend on to sustain our people”.

Nigeria provides the worst exhibit. Humboldt County heard personal testimony in 1997 when Dr. Owen Saro-Wiwa spoke at Humboldt State University on a boycott campaign. His famous brother Ken had just been hanged by the government under pressure from Shell. Owen described the ruined lives of 31 million people when, at Shell’s bidding, government troops suppressed nonviolent demonstrations, whole villages were annihilated and leaders like Ken were executed in spite of international outcry .

Nothing has changed since then, and the protests have become violent. A recent spill of near- Exxon Valdez magnitude has fueled the outrage.

The Supreme Court addressed a lawsuit against Shell last month, brought by the widow of one of the hanged men, and based on a 1789 statute which allows suits arising from acts of piracy. Shell asserts that as a corporation it is immune. Justice Kennedy, speaking of the human rights abuses of which Shell is accused, alluded to the original purpose of the statute, asking if the pirate Blackbeard had said he was merely an officer of “Pirates, Inc.,” would the Court have told him to pick up his gold and go home?

Other arguments referred to the corporate identity of Shell, and a recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, which grants to corporations all the rights of individuals. As Paul Weiss stated in the New York Times, “a more startling paradox is difficult to imagine”: in their previous decision the court allowed corporations the rights of people and to make unlimited contributions which “undermine the integrity of elected officials across the nation” but here, not as people “in order to immunize them from prosecution in the most grievous human rights violations.”

The move to boycott Shell is still alive: it is one of the Occupy movement’s issues. Which brings us back to the Petrolia presentation. Is it ethical to ignore Shell’s despicable reputation as a world citizen? Shouldn’t we demand reparations be made to, for example, Niger’s people before we have any dealings with Shell?

We suffered with Maxxam for 25 years. It destroyed our most valuable industry. Why can’t we develop our own wind, in our own way as many European towns do?

As a neighbor, Shell’s references are not good. It cannot be trusted, probably not held liable. For all we know it may have designs on the oil and gas which we suspect is here ( the Post Office at Bear River used to be nicknamed “Gas Jet.”)

Shell is already tempting the obdurate Ferndale by donating $27,000 to the high school, and an email is circulating in the Mattole, saying we should ask Shell for sidewalks and a wildlife/raptor rescue station.

We may find ourselves tilting with windmills, like Don Quixote, and with equal success. Just because it’s alternative energy doesn’t mean it’s good.

[Image source one and two]

  1. Huh
    March 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Clap. Clap. Clap.

    Demonize always. Never reinforce positive behavior like this wind project. Turn a company’s (or an individual’s) past against them. When a company (or individual) does something right for a change, beat them with a whip.

  2. adamlemp@gmail.com
  3. Brandon
    March 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    So what I gather from all this is that you only want clean enery if you like the people or company producing it, otherwise apparently you are willing to stick to fossil fuels that destroy the environment you say you are so intent on protecting. Seems more like a zero growth plan rather than true environmental protection.

  4. Huh
    March 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Good point Brandon. They complain about a company doing bad, but when the company does good, they complain about it some more. If this were a parent-child relationship, the child is being taught that he’s going to get punished no matter what he does, so he might as well do bad because bad is easier and more lucrative.

  5. Not A Native
    March 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

    So if an identical project was being proposed by say, the Amalgamated Ganga Growers of Humboldt, then it would be OK??

  6. Brandon
    March 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Not a native, don’t we already go to great lengths to protect our biggest export. What is the difference in allowing them to support our economy with illgotten funds and having them pay for clean energy? We have become a community of hippocrates, on one hand saying something and on the other doing the exact opposite.

  7. Huh
    March 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

    NAN, if a grower group was planning a wind project and they had the expertise to pull it off, yeah, I’d support it. But I don’t see growers doing anything except being greedy and absorbed in their own self-interest (certainly no more community-minded than folks who make their living via legal means).

  8. Brandon
    March 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    If, as a community, we can stand by and allow a business that brings about home invasions, robberys, and murder to be one of the supporters of our economy yet suddenly grow a conscience when it comes to what another business is doing in 69 other countries that we don’t live in, what does that say about us? What should someone from the outside looking in think?

  9. March 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

    The issues of 1) the economic and environmental viability of wind energy in general, 2) the suitability of the Bear River Ridge as a turbine farm in particular and 3) the suitability of the project’s owner as a corporate citizen and heighbor in Humboldt County are three separate issues.

    I like windpower but I think it should be located offshore – far enough offshore as to minimize bird deaths and not disrupt the viewscape. I am open to criticism of offshore wind also.

    As to the Bear River project there are obviously lots of folks in the area who will oppose this because it will disrupt their lives. Their views of a nice natural landscape will be altered forever and they will have to deal with constant turbine noise. There will also obviously be high power transmission lines. That these folks are having something taken from them is indisputable, even if it is something as subjective as the quality of life. On the other hand there will presumably be a few property owners who will benefit mightily when Shell buys the right to build on their lands.

    As to do we have the right to determine who we will and who we won’t allow to do business in our community I would say yes of course we do. Imagine the outrage if a Megan’s lister tried to open an ice cream parlor in Eureka.

    There are alternatives between Shell Oil and Jah Ganja Inc. For instance IF we decided that wind energy was good for us in Humboldt County, the county government could build the wind farm, we the people would own it, and we would get electricity at cost.

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  10. RefFan
    March 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Brandon, how often has one of the recent home invasions been where a legal 215 grow was operating? I agree with Huh and also think its mostly the illegal growers trying to go too big that are getting hit. If ppl thought more reasonably and not greedily, then we prob wld see less home robberies. (not saying it wld get rid of all, just alot less).

  11. labtech
    March 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Ellen Taylor, the Dr. No of Petrolia.

  12. Mitch
    March 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

    highboldtage writes:

    For instance IF we decided that wind energy was good for us in Humboldt County, the county government could build the wind farm, we the people would own it, and we would get electricity at cost.

    I hope you’re joking. I don’t want this county’s government to build a toilet, let alone an energy project. If the choice is big, evil, and competent against small, stupid, and incompetent, I’ll take evil.

  13. Brandon
    March 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

    RefFan, you are correct. If things were more on the up and up there would be less problems. However, if all of the grows were legal there would be no exportable product because it would all be for personal use and if I’m not mistaken, wasn’t there a report on the news recently that stated that 26% of our local economy was funded by the illicit drug trade? What makes anyone think that if the county built the wind turbines that we would own it and get energy at cost? If the people who run this county have proved anything it’s that all that matters is zero growth and their own persoanl agendas. Just like with the growers there would be greed and the masses would suffer for the few.

  14. March 16, 2012 at 11:08 am

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  15. March 16, 2012 at 11:18 am

    No Mitch I wasn’t kidding but your point about the county government’s competence is difficult to rebut.

    My point is that there are alternatives to ownership of our resources, our commons, than global 1%er monopolistic corporations. The wind is the commons, the wind belongs to all of us. If it is harnessed the benefits and the profits should flow to all of us.

    We can find some way of doing this either through local government or through some kind of cooperative arrangement.

    Sorry about the 0 it was inadvertent.

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  16. Mitch
    March 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Bill,

    We agree that competent and non-evil is best, when it can be found.

  17. Mitch
    March 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

    In all seriousness, this is my biggest issue with the left.

    Why people think that people magically become non-evil when they rise to power in the government is a continuing mystery. It’s the same people, folks.

    Yes, in theory you get to vote them out, but only if they don’t get a lot of funding for campaign ads, and only if there’s a marginally competent press in the area to cover their foibles.

    Do you want the people at Delta running your airline (and screwing Humboldt of a half million) or do you want the people running the Headwaters Fund running your airline (and losing your half million to some greedy but competent person or company)?

  18. Anonymi be gone
    March 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Heraldo, I see you now require everyone to give their e-mail and thereby divulge their identity to you. You don’t accept comments without an e-mail address. You don’t divulge your identity to us. Why the double standard?

    Prediction: There will be fewer voices, fewer hits, and The Herald will wither up and die.

    Stupid move, Heraldo.

  19. IQ Above 80
    March 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Make up an email address.

  20. Brandon
    March 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Bill,
    You say that there are alternatives to huge corporations owning the wind mills. I agree that it would be best to do it all “in house” but here is a question, who do you think is going to foot the bill for this project, and once they do are they supposed to split the profits with the entire community? Do you believe that there is anyone out there with the funds to do this that you or any of the left would accept?

  21. March 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Brandon,

    One good thing about wind turbine farms and solar panels is their modularity, they can be built up piece by piece so there does not have to be a huge project all built at once.

    So if we decided to build an offshore wind farm, the county government could finance a prototype for sure. That amount is within the financial scope of local government.

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  22. Brandon
    March 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Bill,
    What you say would make perfect sense, if, 1) we did not live in a politically corrupt county, and 2) if the county could actually pull of a project of this size and scope while the technology was still viable and not antiquated such as the vision of those running the county.

  23. Dave
    March 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I think Ellen Taylor did a good job on this article. She brings up a lot of good points.
    She certainly has you all talking…

  24. March 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    The Herald does not require an email address, as you will see if you review the “On Comments” page of this blog. WordPress does not allow removal of the email field. Leave it blank or use a fake. Up to you.

  25. March 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    “…there are alternatives to ownership of our resources, our commons…”

    Amen, Bill.

  26. Anonymi be gone
    March 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Heraldo-

    A blank e-mail field now redirects to this message.

    That email address is associated with an existing WordPress.com account, please log in to use it.

    The Post Comment button goes to Posting Comment and hangs there. Is the problem on my system or yours?

  27. dreamlover
    March 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Group #5–Opposed to the project for many reasons. Including but not limited to:

    The project will likely cause environmental damage. In construction, maintenance and operation. Other similar projects have shown to be environmentally unfriendly. Directly killing animals and birds. Causing harm and death to livestock. Reduced habitat. Fire.

    Collective monies (tax subsidies, etc) could be used to develop small scale power generation that would enable local residences to be off the grid.

    Industrial wind turbines require more grid power as a back up. They use electricity as well as create it. Also the turbines have high oil needs. Like all machines, the oil leaks. So they are oil dependent and environmentally damaging.

    Industrial wind turbines are hazardous to humans. Workers and neighbors.

    Agents of Shell Wind Energy have a history of causing environmental and social harm.

    Group #6–Supporting Conservation

    The project proposes to increase power to the grid by 20% or so. We can save 20% easily by changing bulbs, insullating buildings, using passive solar heating, using surge protectors and turning them off, etc, etc, etc.

    Information…Accept what the corporate employees want you to believe as only a partial truth.

    The whole truth….Search it…find it….

    P.S. Labeling something green doesn’t mean it is environmentally favorable. Slime is green, mold is green, mildew is green, vomit is green, but we tend to clean those things up rather than generate more. Don’t be brainwahsed by greenwashing. Think for ourselves!

  28. 713
    March 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    “Also the turbines have high oil needs. Like all machines, the oil leaks. So they are oil dependent and environmentally damaging.”

    You have got to be kidding.

  29. March 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    If WordPress is requiring an email to leave comments it is a new problem and not caused by comment settings on the Herald. WordPress may have flipped something during a recent update. I will look into it.

  30. March 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm
  31. jr
    March 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    In all of the posts there was no support of the development of solar energy. Solar energy is clean, quiet and cheap. Why no build a solar farm on some south facing ridge and operated and financed by a municipal utility (like SMUD in Sacramento or Coos-Curry Electric in Brookings)? Why do we even want a for-profit company providing basic services to our residents and businesses?

  32. March 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Kudos to Shell for donating to a local community. And double kudos for shifting their power production from oil to clean energy sources. I hope they get windmills up and running, bringing money and jobs to Ferndale, supplying our electric grid and keeping our power bills down no matter what happens in the Middle East or other parts of the world outside of the community!

    This is a positive change no matter what extremists say.
    Check out this website and consider the possibilities.

    The following technology is not appropriate locally, but would work great in the Mid-West.

    http://regenedyne.com

  33. March 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Solar is more appropriate in wide open desert. Should we put solar panels on top of trees?! Solar panels take up a lot more space per megawatt of production.

  34. March 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Comment from Owltotem who can’t post:

    Owltotem here,

    http://www.3tier.com/firstlook/

    The above link ( you have to register but it is free) gives you the ability to do preliminary wind assessments based on topography and atmospheric data. Go to the firstlook section, log in and go to different locations in the state where wind energy projects exist. Look at the global percentage, then look at Petrolia and Bear River ridge. This is why Shell is willing to invest. It is our responsibility to see that the site is developed responsibly and to conserve energy so as renewable sources come on line, old dirty carbon combustion sources go offline.

  35. tra
    March 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    At least the opponents of this project can count on the support of one prominent national figure. Unfortunately, it happens to be this one:

    http://thinkprogress.org/green/2012/03/16/446515/donald-trump-windmills-are-disgusting/

  36. Anonymous
    March 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I wonder if Shell will redo all the biological work that was performed by the assumed embezzling biologist, mad river? Seems like a serious hole if someone want to contest it.

  37. Anonymous
    March 17, 2012 at 2:01 am

    It’s feasible to have a coalition of public/private entities like our local casinos, the Headwaters Fund, among others, to build a few local-owned turbines to test the waters. A far better investment in our future than another airline boondoggle.

    Those who claim that its only the world’s richest, immoral corporations that can save us, have no idea how “local” everything’s going to become when cheap oil depletes forever.

  38. unanonymous
    March 17, 2012 at 7:36 am

    seems to me with our existing industries part of the green solution should be portable powerplants that cogenerate electricity from wood waste in logging operations, renewable resource, emit steam. ash can be sold as organic soil amendment. Humco could be energy independant on renewable resource that can meet the peak demand needs of the consumer.

  39. March 17, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Please no more “public-private partnerships!”

    I am a libertarian socialist and I do believe that some things like power generation and health care should be socialised. On the other hand there are plenty of economic activities that should remain in the private sector.

    We run into problems when government and private enterprise become partners. It is as bad as mixing government with religion. When government and business become “partners” the opportunity for theft and corruption rise exponentially and return on investment declines, unsurprisingly.

    Look up the definition of fascism. It is the co-mingling of government and corporate power.

    Let’s be honest and socialize what needs to be socialized and leave the rest to the free market.

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  40. CasinoGulagVampireSquid
    March 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Let’s have Uncle Ben Bernanke build the windmills. Ha!

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/numbers-matter-15564809891768-and-8354-billion

  41. Anonymous
    March 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

    test test

  42. March 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Speaking of Higher Powers isn’t it time for both the Democrats and the Republicans to admit that they are powerless to control the Federal Reserve banksters?

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  43. owltotem
    March 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Still broken using my gravatar but atleast now I can post with no email. Which means wordpress’ attempt to block an imposter made it easy for someone to post as an imposter

  44. Jr
    March 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Owltotem, can you translate your last post? What’s a gravatar?

  45. March 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Production==Hydroelictric-Solar-wind-Wave-Petroleum Combustion.- Wood/Sawdust combustion????
    Comparison in energy yield and availability?????

  46. owltotem
    March 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Jr: Sorry, I guess it really isn’t relevant to the Wind Post. It is related to the 11:58, 12:02,1:39, 2:03,7:39 and 7:45 comments. Some of us have been blocked and are being prompted to log in regardless of whether we list an email or not. Today I can post as anonymous or without my gravatar which is an improvement. Heraldo said it was wordpress’ attempt to block one imposter blogger.

  47. Not A Native
    March 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    So what happened to the AA thread??? I’m glad its gone, but has H. even acknowledged its been expunged???

    When things “go away” with no mention or record thats creepy and 1984ish. Where’s the honesty and transparency that is the basis for trust and credibility? I have the same comment about when posts are edited or deleted. Should be a mention it has happened and an explanation of why.

  48. Anonymous
    March 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I do not want any power development at all. They have downsides. We should stick with knothing.

  49. Anonymous
    March 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Brandon @10:53,

    You should be ashamed that you can stand by and watch all of the crystal methamphetamine addicts as well as heroin junkies,that are far more abundant than the villainous marijuana growers you so proudly detest, terrorize our communities

  50. Brandon
    March 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Anonymous,
    I don’t just stand by and watch, I have called the police on my neighbors many times and it does no good. I was only refering to marijuana because it is such an accepted form of income in or society today. I never said I detested anyone, I merely stated that the growers bring with them a certain level of criminality that directly affects us and yet people are talking about how you don’t want Shell because they commit crimes in countries we don’t live in. If we are going to hold one person or company to a higher standard then we should hold everyone and all companies to that standard. That was my point.

  51. Anonymous
    March 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I’m confused here?! If a Eureka policeman had killed somebody Heraldo would be all over that story?! But in Fortuna and there is no comment !What’s up with that?

  52. walt
    March 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

  53. St. Patrick
    March 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    “A turbine windmill on every house, and a photosynthetic panel on every garage”

    thats what would win an election. like putting a man on the moon and getting us out of a recession/depression at the same time.

  54. Jr
    March 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Walt’s comment rekindled fond feelings for that film, one that gets better with every viewing. Now back to the real thread…..

  55. 713
    March 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I’d like to see what the planning and coastal commissions would say about a turbine and panel on every house.

  56. St. Patrick
    March 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    they’d say; ‘why, that is such a good idea that we will include it in the general plan update as a principally permitted use in all zones.

  57. Jr
    March 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t think the planning commission would have a problem with roof top solar panels because they are quiet and basically flush with the roof line of the house. You see such panels on roof tops throughout California. As to turbines, there is a noise issue as well as a viewshed issue for neighboring homeowners.

  58. Verbena
    March 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Say NO to Shell in the Bear River/Mattole watershed. Duh!!!!

  59. March 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    NAN, the AA thread is down for now. I’m not a fucking babysitter and endless YouTube links make the thread hard to load for most users.

  60. Harold Knight
    March 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    “When government and business become “partners” the opportunity for theft and corruption rise exponentially and return on investment declines, unsurprisingly.”Highboldtage”.

    I have to agree.

    According to the CA. Auditor, state university executives decided to invest in specific software companies, just before their infamous $750 million system-wide computer consolidation program that required the same software!

    Millionaire Congressmen commonly pass laws to benefit their portfolio, even auxiliary employees at HSU who own their own businesses can attach copies of their reimbursed university travel expenses to their Schedule C’s!

    It won’t be long before every community in the U.S. wished they had ignored the corrupt utilities to begin local energy generation plants in their neighborhoods. A small hydrogen generator serving 100 houses could be easily maintained by those families.

  61. A-nony-mouse
    March 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    The huge scale Shell wind project is NOT for Humboldt County energy. A hi-tension power line would be built across the Hiway 36 corridor to export the power to the rest of CA. It would be extremely disruptive to the enivironment of Bear River Ridge and its inhabitants, two and four legged.

    I like St. Patrick’s idea for a wind genertor on every rooftop. If you don’t think it can be done, Google “Jellyfish Wind Generator”. It’ll blow your mind. We don’t need huge megamonsters from Shell. We need lots and lots of small silent, unobtrusive units like the Jellyfish and some real eeficiency improvements. Let’s save at least a liitle bit of the beauty of this planet for our kids, eh?

  62. Harold Knight
    March 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    The world’s largest exporter of wind turbines is China, another lose-lose for American families.

  63. gaialover
    March 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Ban industrial wind turbines!

    Keep the Lost Coast Lost!

  64. Peace
    March 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    lndustrial wind trubines are harmful to children and other living things, including mother earth.

    Learn more..search and find…wind-watch, wind-action, windturbinesyndrome.

  65. labtech
    March 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

    In other words, you’d prefer to have “Lost Coast” residents burn more coal, oil and nuclear fuel.

  66. Rural Conservative
    March 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Wind turbines burn coal and oil anyway. They are grid dependant and oil dependant. Find the info online. You can.

    Many Lost Coast residents practice strong conservation measures. It does little good to urbanize rural areas in an effort to “save” the planet. Urbanizing rural areas with industrial development is “spending” the planet. Save means protect, keep, hoard, set aside, conserve, store, put away. An industrial development on the Lost Coast would be opposing the very concept of saving.

    “Windfall” the movie will be playing at Ferndale Veteran’s Hall on April 11. 7pm. Free Admission. If you would like to learn more, please attend. Thank you.

  67. March 23, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Ellen – I admire your courage!

    Dreamlover- Thanks for your important points!

    As far as local jobs go for those who have mentioned it- they won’t hire locals. They’ll hire out of the area specialists to do the maintenance. We might get a FEW long term jobs. They hired photographers from Malaysia and Australia and NYC… as if we don’t have any photographers in Humboldt. They hired surveyors from Redding- it’s NOT going to create local jobs.

    As far as growing pot goes- why not consider the amount of electricity going into the indoor scenes? According to Schatz (who supports this project) indoor grows use enough electricity to power 14,000 homes for a year (as of 2007). Since industrial wind turbines NEVER generate at full capacity (closer to an average of 10% when you include loss through transmission) the Bear River industrial wind project likely won’t even make enough electricity to power those indoor grows.

    This is not a good spot for Wind Power according to the U.S. Department of Energy- See the map created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. See the map on the link below. The best wind spots in the state are located nearer to the more heavily populated areas which works out very well.
    /www.windpoweringamerica.gov/wind_resource_maps.asp?stateab=ca

    Here in Humboldt we’re already at the forefront of creating power in our own homes. In Petrolia, many of the residents have been doing it for about 30 years.

    Want to stay involved with this discussion?

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/355462331136490/

  68. Anonymous
    March 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Becky,

    You are right about the “jobs creation” situation. The proposal at the County’s website says that approximately 120 jobs would be temporary (and those would be with big contractors experienced with such works, wouldn’t they, rather than locals) and apprx 10 “permanant” jobs. Similar and larger installations have an average of 2 jobs created permanently.

    And funny, comparing the potential energy to that used by indoor marajuana grows. Thanks for the humorous and factual comparrison to put it in perspective.

    The US Energy link you provided seems to show a little red strip in the area of “potentially” good wind, but it sure is a tiny stripe compared to other areas. I would like to say though, that industrial wind installations are a negative anywhere. They are hazardous to humans, animals, and the earth, no matter where they are.

    Wan’t Petrolia an oil site? Is that the real reason SWE is interested in our area?

  69. Anonymous
    March 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    “Windfall” the movie will be playing at Ferndale Veteran’s Hall on April 11th at 7pm.The public is invited and admission is free. If you would like to learn more, please attend. Thank you.

  70. for_the_kids
    April 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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