Wednesday, July 15, 2009


One of the local farmers having fun with his windmill.

With all this negative blogging, it's time to have a little fun with the windmills.  Here are a few things that just might bring a chuckle to your lips.

#1 Despite the fact that the residents of Wolfe Island were told there would be little or not bird deaths attributed to the turbines, someone has been hired whose sole job is to seek out dead birds!

#2 Some of the most ardent supporters of the wind farm are now complaining about noise!

#3  Despite being told there would be very little light pollution, some people are being kept awake at night by annoying flashing red lights.  Where are the lights?  You guessed it, on top of the windmills!

#4 In order to make the concept of electricity a little more sexy, the industrial behemoths are not located on wind farms any more, they are called wind parks! 
#5 One of the first to sign up and get their very own wind turbine, now has their house for sale, for $800,00! In a 'wind park'!

#6 To capitalize on the sexy wind parks, there is a Kingston bus company giving turbine tours! Look there's one, and there's another... and another...!

#7 One of the local restaurants (which shall remain nameless, but it rhymes with Rowns Ray), advertised daily specials but when someone I know tried to make reservations were told it was for the windmill people only. Now that the mad construction rush is over, they want us back!

#8 In reading all the comments that are posted on my blog, I have one repeat customer who HATES ME!  I have two questions to this poster; what have you got against punctuation, and why do you keep coming back?!!


  1. Thanks for taking the time to blog. I'm over on Amherst Island and the light show at night from Wolfe is very impressive, and not in a good way. Anyway, I was surprised to hear of noise complaints already. Geez, they are averaging in the teens so far, seldom getting above 50%. Wait until the winter comes along and they are running at 90% for 24 hours straight! Then we'll see how "park-like" they are!

  2. "The wind turbines on Wolfe Island in the St. Lawrence River are 27 to 32 miles away from Thompson Park in Watertown. But there they are, big as life when the sun goes down and the air is clear."
    Bob Gorman's article and Colleen White's photo says it all: "How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn't see..."
    "The fact that you can see turbines from 30 miles away is no reason to support or oppose such utilities, or whatever they are being called in Cape Vincent these days. (Wind energy proposals for 148 turbines in Cape Vincent, NY )
    Instead, it should be a reminder that the issue isn’t one that should be decided by as few people as possible."

    And what about the few that are making the decision that will effect everyone within a 30 mile radius? Six of the Cape Vincent officials have some type of conflict of interest by holding lease contracts with the wind developer.
    Those six did not disclose their conflicts of interest until recently. They ignore their comprehensive plan which discourages towers. They don't call them utilities in their first attempt at a zoning law. They drop that attempt with the excuse that they don't want to spend the money on the studies, Then they call them utilities in their second attempt. They shelf that attempt when Rienbeck is angered by an ad that puts out the conflicts of interests for the public to see. They deny basic civil rights when they try to have a citizen arrested for video taping the Aug.13 meeting. They ignore the 650 voices of their citizens who signed a petition urging them to pass a one year town wide moratorium, Clayton, Lyme, and others have all done moratoriums. Why not Cape Vincent? They explain they have spent six years in this process and it wouldn't be fair to the WIND COMPANY. .What about the citizens and the neighboring communities who will have to live with this haphazard mess!!

    "How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn't see..."

    Write the New York Attorney General about the conflicts of interests at:
    Write your local, county and state officials. Urge organizations that protect the environment, (DEC, Siera Club, Nature Conservancy, TILT, Save the River...) to take an active stance.