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Windfall
an award-winning feature length film by Laura Israelwindfall


Wind power… it’s sustainable … it burns no fossil fuels…it produces no air pollution. What’s more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil. That’s what the people of Meredith, in upstate New York first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement the rural farm town’s failing economy with a farm of their own -- that of 40 industrial wind turbines. WINDFALL, a beautifully photographed feature length film, documents how this proposal divides Meredith’s residents as they fight over the future of their community. Attracted at first to the financial incentives that would seemingly boost their dying economy, a group of townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they discover the impacts that the 400-foot high windmills slated for Meredith could bring to their community as well as the potential for financial scams. With wind development in the United States growing annually at 39 percent, WINDFALL is an eye-opener that should be required viewing for anyone concerned about the environment and the future of renewable energy.

View the Trailer              Windfall is available in DVD and live streaming from Netflix.




Gusher of Lies Gusher of Lies
by Robert Bryce

In this controversial, meticulously researched book, Robert Bryce exposes the false promises and political posturing behind the rhetoric. Gusher of Lies explains why the idea of energy independence appeals to voters while also showing that renewable sources like wind and solar cannot meet America’s growing energy demand. Along the way, Bryce exposes the ethanol scam as one of the longest-running robberies ever perpetrated on American taxpayers.


 

The False Promis of Green Energy
by Andrew Morriss

What green energy promises to provide is just so alluring-more jobs, a cleaner environment, a more stable economy, clean and bountiful electricity, fewer toxins and pollutants and, of course, the gratitude of generations to come. There's just one problem. It isn't going to happen that way. This book critically and realistically evaluates the claims of green energy and green jobs proponents who argue that we can improve the economy and the environment, almost risk-free, by spending billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars in return for what are ultimately false promises.

 

 

Power Hungry
by Robert Bryce

The promise of “green jobs” and a “clean energy future” has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannot—and will not—quit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near future for a simple reason: they provide the horsepower that we crave. The hard reality is that oil, coal, and natural gas are here to stay.

Fueling our society requires more than sentiment and rhetoric; we need to make good decisions and smart investments based on facts. In Power Hungry, Bryce provides a supertanker-load of footnoted facts while shepherding readers through basic physics and math. And with the help of a panoply of vivid graphics and tables, he crushes a phalanx of energy myths, showing why renewables are not green, carbon capture and sequestration won’t work, and even—surprise!—that the U.S. is leading the world in energy efficiency. He also charts the amazing growth of the fuels of the future: natural gas and nuclear.

 



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Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Report on a Natural Experiment
by Dr. Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD
Santa Fe, NM: K-Selected Books, 2009

 





www.WindPowerFacts.Info
Toolkit of Information. The main point of this document is to educate citizens about the basics of industrial wind power, a highly complex matter.



"A Problem With Wind Power"
by Eric Rosenbloom, American Wind Energy Organization


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Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Projects
Published by the National Academies Press, 2007





Institute for Energy Research
The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER maintains that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society.





Online Resources

Community Based Opposition Groups in Maine



Wind Action Groups: U.S.

Acoustic Ecology Institute (New Mexico)
Adams County Wind (Illinois)
Allegheny Treasures (West Virginia)
Alliance for Bovina (New York)
Back Bay Wind Group (Massachusetts)
Basin and Range Watch (Nevada)
Better Plan, Rock County (Wisconsin)
Blue Mountain Alliance (Oregon)
Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy (Wisconsin)
Citizen Power Alliance (New York)
Citizens for the Protection of Libertyville (Illinois)
Clinton County Wind Watch (Michigan)
Coalition for Wisconsin Environmental Stewardship (Wisconsin)
Coastal Habitat Alliance (Texas)
Cohocton Wind Watch (New York)
Concerned Residents of Hammond (New York)
Counter Cape Wind (Massachusetts)
Cross Timbers Landowners Conservancy (Texas)
Dr. Nina Pierpont MD, PhD (USA)
Ellis County Environmental Awareness Coalition (Kansas)
Energize Vermont (Vermont)
Energy Plan USA (Nevada)
Environmentally Concerned Citizens Organization (New York)
Friends of Beautiful Pendleton County (West Virginia)
Glebe Mountain Group (Vermont)
Goodhue Wind Truth (Michigan)
Green Berkshires (Massachusetts)
Highlanders for Responsible Development (West Virginia)
Industrial Wind Action Group (U.S.)
Ira Wind (Vermont)
Kansas Wind Alert (Kansas)
Keepers of the Blue Ridge (North Carolina)
Know Wind (Michigan)
Lake Michigan P.O.W.E.R Coalition (Michigan)
Laurel Mountain Preservation Association (West Virginia)
Lee-DeKalb Wind Farms: No Wind Turbines (Illinois)
Lower Laguna Madre Foundation (Texas)
MD Industrial Wind Energy Watchdog (Maryland)
Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy (West Virginia)
Mountain Preservation Association (Virginia)
National Wind Watch (US)
North American Platform Against Windpower (US)
New Mexico Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy and Sustainability (New Mexico)
Northern Laramie Range Alliance (Wyoming)
Prattsburg/Italy Wind Turbine Information (New York)
Preserve Our San Saba Environment (Texas)
Protect Our West Texas Landscape (Texas)
Protect Pendleton (West Virginia)
Protect the Flint Hills (Kansas)
Ridge Protectors (Vermont)
Save Coteau Prairie Landscape (North Dakota)
Save Our Allegheny Ridges (Pennsylvania)
Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment (Texas)
Save Our Seashore (Massachusetts)
Save Our Sound (Massachusetts)
Save Our Valley (Nevada)
Save St. Lucie Alliance (Florida)
Save Western NY (New York)
Save Western Ohio (Ohio)
Schoharie Valley Watch (New York)
Sensible Wind Solutions (Pennsylvania)
Somerset Coalition for Ridgetop Protection (Pennsylvania)
Stop Ill Wind (Maryland)
Union Neighbors United (Ohio)
Vermonters with Vision
Virginia Wind (Virginia)
We Oppose Windfarms (New York)
Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (New York)
Wind Power Ethics Group (New York)
Wind Stop (Massachusetts)
Wind Truth Alliance (Ohio)
Wind Turbine Testimonies from Michigan's Thumb (Michigan)
WINDCOWS: Wisconsin Independent Citizens Opposing Windturbine Sites (Wisconsin)
Windtoons (West Virginia)


Wind Action Groups: International