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As we move towards a critical November election in the US, you should look for an opportunity to communicate with your local House or Senate candidate.
As we move towards a critical November election in the US, you should look for an opportunity to communicate with your local House or Senate candidate.
 
This is rather disturbing since the US Power Grid has been called the most significant engineering accomplishment of our time!
This is rather disturbing since the US Power Grid has been called the most significant engineering accomplishment of our time!
 
There have been some extremely interesting recent developments regarding writing local wind energy laws — so I decided to write up a brief layperson's summary document about what's going on.
There have been some extremely interesting recent developments regarding writing local wind energy laws — so I decided to write up a brief layperson's summary document about what's going on.
 
When the Mill Pond project was first publicly announced in October, our number one objective was to see that the two affected communities had laws providing adequate protections to citizens, local businesses, the military, and the environment.
When the Mill Pond project was first publicly announced in October, our number one objective was to see that the two affected communities had laws providing adequate protections to citizens, local businesses, the military, and the environment.
 
Several people have asked me where things stand regarding the wind energy matter in Carteret County and Newport, and what do we do next.
Several people have asked me where things stand regarding the wind energy matter in Carteret County and Newport, and what do we do next.
 
It became official today that Torch Energy threw in the towel regarding the proposed Mill Pond wind project!
It became official today that Torch Energy threw in the towel regarding the proposed Mill Pond wind project!
 
Some were concerned about how many people would show up on a poor weather night, in the holiday season, with the flu being prevalent. The answer: the Civic Center was jam packed.
Some were concerned about how many people would show up on a poor weather night, in the holiday season, with the flu being prevalent. The answer: the Civic Center was jam packed.
 
I hope that you and your family are enjoying the holiday season, and will have a healthy, prosperous New Year.
I hope that you and your family are enjoying the holiday season, and will have a healthy, prosperous New Year.
 
The Carteret County Commissioners meeting today regarding the Mill Pond project, was an eclectic affair. This is the best of my recollection as to a summary of what transpired.
The Carteret County Commissioners meeting today regarding the Mill Pond project, was an eclectic affair. This is the best of my recollection as to a summary of what transpired.
 
I have just been notified that the Carteret County Commissioners will have a special meeting this week, about making improvements to their Tall Structure Ordinance.
I have just been notified that the Carteret County Commissioners will have a special meeting this week, about making improvements to their Tall Structure Ordinance.
 
Yesterday the second Mill Pond educational forum was held (at the Hilton DoubleTree hotel, Atlantic Beach).
Yesterday the second Mill Pond educational forum was held (at the Hilton DoubleTree hotel, Atlantic Beach).
 
Despite the inclement weather, last night's wind energy community forum in Newport was standing room only.
Despite the inclement weather, last night's wind energy community forum in Newport was standing room only.
 
As you probably know, the proposed Mill Pond wind project is a highly technical matter that has generated a lot of good questions.
As you probably know, the proposed Mill Pond wind project is a highly technical matter that has generated a lot of good questions.
 
The latest Energy and Environmental Newsletter is now available online.
 
What most civilians do not know, is that military personnel (including base commanders) have been specifically ordered not to speak out publicly against any wind energy projects.
What most civilians do not know, is that military personnel (including base commanders) have been specifically ordered not to speak out publicly against any wind energy projects.
 
This is in response to the Carteret News Times wind energy article appearing in the headlines of that paper today.
This is in response to the Carteret News Times wind energy article appearing in the headlines of that paper today.
 
The first line of defense against industrial wind energy, is a strong local wind ordinance. As such, we at AWED are frequently asked for assistance in writing an effective measure.
The first line of defense against industrial wind energy, is a strong local wind ordinance. As such, we at AWED are frequently asked for assistance in writing an effective measure.
 
Yesterday (11/5/13: in Wilmington) was the first "official" state meeting regarding the proposed Newport wind project.
Yesterday (11/5/13: in Wilmington) was the first "official" state meeting regarding the proposed Newport wind project.
 
During that time two senate hearings were held, and both committees passed the bill. The Senate then also passed H484.
During that time two senate hearings were held, and both committees passed the bill. The Senate then also passed H484.
 
As you know by now, our number one North Carolina energy/economics/environmental bill of the year is H298.
As you know by now, our number one North Carolina energy/economics/environmental bill of the year is H298.
 
This is an update on H484 -- which is setting up the first statewide permitting process for industrial wind energy.
This is an update on H484 -- which is setting up the first statewide permitting process for industrial wind energy.
 
At this point there aren't adequate safeguards for ANY of these groups. I have formally contacted top level DENR and DHHS people of the serious deficiencies, so it is now up to them to step up. Hopefully they will.
At this point there aren't adequate safeguards for ANY of these groups. I have formally contacted top level DENR and DHHS people of the serious deficiencies, so it is now up to them to step up. Hopefully they will.
 
Again there will be a hearing on H484 at the Environmental Committee, tomorrow (#555 LOB at 10 AM).
Again there will be a hearing on H484 at the Environmental Committee, tomorrow (#555 LOB at 10 AM).
 
As you probably know, I've been actively involved with environmental issues for over thirty years. I've learned a lot from dealing with many thousands of people over this time.
As you probably know, I've been actively involved with environmental issues for over thirty years. I've learned a lot from dealing with many thousands of people over this time.
 
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