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Re: “Wind Power Now

Be careful what you ask for. Industrial wind turbines are a new technology most people have no experience with. Their builders know this and paint a glowing picture and make billions of dollars doing it. Here are accounts written by people who know them up close and personal :…

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Posted by Dan B. on 10/19/2019 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Wind Power Now

Industrial wind turbines constructed in our windy locations require more and more transmission lines to connect them to the grid. The fire danger from transmission lines in high winds is the reason PG+E shuts off the power. Industrial wind turbines produce no power during low wind conditions so we still must maintain backup generation equal to everything we maintain now. They also have to be shut down in extremely high wind conditions to prevent failure. When they malfunction the turbines themselves turn into incendiary devices located in our forests that can't be extinguished, due to their height, the materials they're constructed from and hundreds of gallons of lubricating oil that they contain. They destroy the ecosystem around the installation by killing off the bats, birds, insects, and earthworms. The vibrations produced by these machines (the newest ones are 853 feet tall with a propeller 722 feet in diameter moving at 200-300 miles per hour) are audible and sub-audible and can travel over twenty miles under some conditions and have serious consequences for people and animals living in the area. The flashing lights atop the towers run day and night to prevent airplanes from colliding with the turbines. The strobe effect that the blades create when the sun is behind them makes life a misery for anyone unfortunate enough to be in their shadow. Their construction, installation, operation, and maintenance is an industrial project on a scale that dwarfs anything most locations have ever been asked to tolerate. To try and apply existing zoning laws to these massive industrial installations that can run day and night 24/7 is ridiculous. These are just some of the problems. They are a developing technology that may have a place in the energy picture but based on results their flaws make them more of a problem for the environment than a solution. Local rooftop solar panels, for electric and hot water, is a better answer. The following links are interesting reading:Industrial Wind Turbines………………………………………………!topic/ma………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Posted by Dan B. on 10/19/2019 at 8:46 AM

Re: “What is Eureka's Homelessness Plan?

No matter how much money is spent trying to shelter homeless, tweakers will not stay in housing.

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Posted by mary kelly on 10/18/2019 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Wind Power Now

Wind Power???? If many more homes and businesses had solar power, like Blue Lake Rancheria had, we would be helped a lot more!!!!!!! Wind power pales beside all that solar can do, and not only that, but solar can go on rooftops and in areas which cannot be seen, just thin of all the rooftops it can cover!

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Posted by Pat Kanzler on 10/17/2019 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Blackouts and Tokage Fees

Thank you. Illinois pot will be legal Jan 1. These articles are so helpful.

Posted by Gloria Picchetti on 10/17/2019 at 3:04 PM

Re: “First They Came for the Truckers Parade

Also cancel your PG&E service.
Dont forget about how many resources are squandered to illuminate all the screens so we can constantly read nonsense.

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Posted by Matthew Rooney on 10/17/2019 at 9:44 AM

Re: “'Concerned'

tRump represents hatred, misogyny, racism, and fascism, and is anti-U.S. Constitution, and anti-American, and is an ignorant and stupid TRAITOR. If you support tRump, then you must be a hater. That is his dominant trait. And tRump LOVES Hitler and follows much of his political game plan. The comparison is justified and eerily accurate. Obviously, ignorance rules the Republican world, where no one has any powers of observation, logic, or reasoning, just blind devotion to a tyrant.

Posted by humboldtrick on 10/11/2019 at 4:46 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

I can't believe the powers that be have not come out against this project yet. With all the downside there is no upside. The second main cause of turbine failure is fire. So let's put it in the redwood forest and see what happens. Since EPIC decided to only represent the Bear River side of the project, I feel everyone is trying to compromise and only build half on Monument Ridge. Big Mistake. Scotia, Rio Dell and the Avenue of the Giants is at risk. This project should be dead in the water or Relocated outside of this area. Fire cannot be mitigated. Ask the people of Paradise. PG&E will never be held responsible for that. Terra Gen's contract with the County protects them from being held responsible for the fires caused by the wind turbines unless the County can prove negligence. So any wildland fire caused by the debris from a turbine fire would not be Terra Gen's liability. Only the people of Humboldt will end up paying for this devastating decision to build in this area. Again, my response to the DEIR was to hold any supervisor that votes for this project responsible when the fire consumes this area. No supervisor should be indemnified because it is well known that wind turbines cause Fire.

Posted by BarbaraJ on 10/11/2019 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Farewell from McKinley's Statue

John Buster, makes sense to me! Actually really enjoyed your comment!

Posted by Ruth Ray on 10/10/2019 at 12:46 PM

Re: “But ...

Gender and gender identity are NOT binary, it is a spectrum.
Sex is not binary, it is a spectrum. Humans are born male, female, and intersex. People can be born with the genitalia or sexual characteristics of one gender but have the chromosomes of the other gender. Etc.
This is the 21st century. Science and facts are important.

Posted by Justin Renquist on 10/02/2019 at 10:33 PM

Re: “But ...

Why is transphobic bigotry and hate language like this being permitted by NCJ?

Posted by Justin Renquist on 10/02/2019 at 10:29 PM

Re: “A Tiny How-to

How Nazi and Hitleresque. You cannot evict or ban citizens from Humboldt County over a simple housing issue. This is a democracy still, and human beings have freedom of movement unless incarcerated.

Posted by Justin Renquist on 10/02/2019 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

This is clearly satire, but I actually agree with the article. I refer to men as he and women as she. And if they're trans, I'll refer to them as the opposite of their biological gender out of respect. But as for "preferred pronouns", I'm not going to go out of my way to ask every stranger I meet how they would like to be addressed, and then try to remember to use plural pronouns in my speech. That requires a constant conscious effort to modify they way I'm speaking in order to use language unnaturally for the sake of some random. "Compassion" isn't a good enough reason. If it's a choice between actively deciding upon self-consciousness in my own speech, and my speech making you feel self-conscious, the choice is easy.
I believe in "live and let live". I don't care how you identify, who you sleep with, how you dress, it doesn't bother me, and I'm happy to live alongside you. But things like this impose more than an expectation of tolerance. This is an expectation that I, and everybody else, become an ally to a cause that has zero relevence within my own existence, but manages to needlessly complicate it in order to appease the feelings of the gender-confused. If your biggest problem in life is your feelings, you've got it pretty damn good. I'm not about to commit myself to preserving them for you. How you feel isn't my issue, it's yours.
Make whatever choices you'd like, do whatever you'd like with your life, I support that. But if you come in expecting me to make any change in mine in order to be accommodating and you're shit out of luck. That's a "you problem".

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Posted by Damon Turcotte on 09/29/2019 at 11:06 PM

Re: “'His Good Accomplishments'

pat, you are obviously NOT without words. No, bill clinton was impeached for lying to congress, not for adultery. I disagree with everything else you stated, and please don't assume what I like and don't like (roads, war, high temps, etc etc). My fundamental premises are different than yours, so we'll never agree about what's really happening in this ole' world. If you expanded your sources of information beyond pbs and the mainstream media, you might find out what's really going on, and how you're being deceived.

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Posted by fanofjesus on 09/29/2019 at 1:53 PM

Re: “The Cat Would Like to Offer an Apology

Sentence 3, paragraph 3.

Otherwise, pretty funny.

Good job.

Posted by Steve Parr on 09/29/2019 at 10:10 AM

Re: “'Very Offended'

Oh you poor little snowflake.

Posted by humboldtrick on 09/23/2019 at 2:15 PM

Re: “'Some Urgency'

Unfortunately, the Natural Gas/Renewables Industries are aggressively promoting misguided energy production projects, like the Humboldt Wind Energy Project, which will adversely impact our environment, and rarely deliver essential energy production improvements!

While over 10 million people die each year globally from air pollution and energy poverty, our local, state and federal agencies continue to approve projects which benefit wealthy corporations, support unprecedented levels of income disparity, and distract all of us from the urgent conversation we need to have ASAP, based on standard EPA Risk Assessment and the consensus of our Scientific Community...…,…

Absent a clear path towards clean air and water, sustainable communities and prosperity (as outlined in my 2018 Comments to the California Energy Commission below), these adverse impacts will continue


Executive Summary

Vision of California Guiding Preparation of CEC Policy Recommendations

Chapter 1: Overview of Californias Existing Energy System

Energy Production: Generation, Distribution & Storage
Energy Use: Industrial, Commercial, Agricultural, Residential, Others
Supply & Demand Trends: Historical, Current, & Projected
Current Costs, Maintenance Issues, & Deferred Improvements
Planned Improvements

Chapter 2: Historical, Current & Potential Energy Sources

Historical Sources & Trends
Current Sources & Levels of Use
Potential Sources & Projections

Chapter 3: Benefits & Impacts of All Energy Sources

Fossil Fuels

Chapter 4: Overview of California Energy System Alternatives

Least Cost Alternative
Least Risk Alternative
Acceptable Risk Alternative
CEC Preferred Alternative

Chapter 5: CEC Energy Policy Recommendations

Appendices (list links to all support materials)

Posted by Kirk Gothier1 on 09/23/2019 at 1:19 PM

Re: “'Some Urgency'

How does one submit an application to be considered for this climate advisory council? Interested.
G. Colwell

Posted by ravenroad on 09/23/2019 at 12:33 PM
Posted by humboldtrick on 09/20/2019 at 2:29 PM

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