Monday, April 21, 2008

Offshore Windfarms

**Anthony Spiratos of Newport has started a new group which has a website regarding the Guv's plan for offshore wind farm plans. Presently URI is researching this plan and is charged in helping the state develop new regs.

My Fellow Newporters,

The past 8 months has unveiled some truly startling research into the Governor’s offshore wind farm plans. Governor Carcieri’s offshore wind farm plan is severely flawed. So what exactly does the plan call for?

* This wind farm will consist of over 335 industrial sized wind turbines. Each wind turbine will be 400 feet tall. This is the same height as the towers of the Newport Pell Bridge!

* Don’t let the Governor and the media try to fool you, they have decided on four definite locations out of the 10 possible locations. The permit process is well underway with the State and bidding has begun to build these turbines and transformer substations & have them in full operation BY 2011.

* Wind turbines will be as close as ¼ mile off the shores of Newport, Middletown, Little Compton, Westerly, Block Island (check www.saveourstateri.org for exact locations)

* Transformer Substations rising 100 feet above ocean will house giant helicopter pads and more than 100,000 gallons of potentially hazardous oil that can make its way to our shores within minutes! A disaster waiting to happen!

* During construction, which would take between 1 to 2 years, each of the 335 wind turbines will be pile driven 90 feet into the seabed causing an excruciating earth shattering noise all day long which can be heard for miles.

* The wind farm will make a loud whooshing noise which many people around the world who live near these installations describe as “a never ending freight train that never gets to its destination” or “shoes getting tossed around in a washing machine”. This noise will be heard 24 hours a day and effect people living up to 3 miles away.

* Every one of the 335 industrial wind turbines will have foghorns that can be heard for many miles.

* Each one of the 335 industrial wind turbines will be lit at night with more than 335 flashing red lights, which will light up the night sky and be seen miles away (the wind turbines themselves are so large they can be seen as far as 26 miles away!)

* Areas considered too shallow for barges will be dredged and completely destroyed. Loss of reefs, natural habitats and the spectacular scenic beauty will ultimately and utterly vanish leaving hundreds of 400 foot industrial turbines as far as the eye can see.

* Studies show that tourist destinations are adversely effected economically

* Newport alone could see a potential loss of $500 MILLION a year to the tourist economy including the yachting industry

* Devastating environmental effects to marine life would result in a severe loss of fishing and lobstering related jobs

* The total job loss could be as many as 2,500 jobs

* Project will cost almost $2BILLION most of that being tax subsidies

* Your tax dollars will pay for these wind farms

* Economics of Governor’s plan DO NOT WORK, you will end up paying almost 5 times as much for your electricity as you are now!

* Independent doctors & scientists have found an alarmingly high rate of health effects to citizens around the world living within a 3 mile radius of large industrial wind farms.

* Governor Carcieri & Out of State lobbying firms are currently pushing through legislation in the General Assembly giving the Governor complete authority to do this WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT OR YOUR VOTE!

I, along with many residents that live in Newport, Middletown, Westerly, Block Island and Little Compton have formed a grassroots alliance called Rhode Island Alliance For Clean Energy. All of our research which we have done can be viewed on our web site www.saveourstateri.org

Our grassroots alliance sees these great and disturbing flaws in the Governor’s wind farm plans and we will fight to stop it from happening before its to late but we need your help to do so. The alliance is not against green energy. We support green initiatives such as geothermal technologies, small residential roof top turbines, LED lighting and residential solar photovoltaic energy, which will actually give citizens real energy independence while not harming our environment, our health or our economy.

Our initiatives (which can all be viewed on our web site), if implemented could jump-start a failing manufacturing economy in Rhode Island and will promote small businesses and promote a massive expansive job growth opportunity which all Rhode Islanders can benefit from. The Governor’s plan simply does not do this.

We have two choices and we are at a crossroads. We can allow our brilliant politicians at the State House (who couldn’t manage a budget for a child’s lemonade stand if their life depended on it and who lie to their citizens like a 5 year old caught with his hand in the cookie jar) and we can allow Out of State environmentalist lobbying groups who are paid for by the Out of State multi billion dollar wind farm corporations to come in and wreck our most precious natural resources and our economy claiming they are saving our environment and promoting job growth when in fact they are destroying it.

I think President Theodore Roosevelt said it best, “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

Or we can stand together and come up with and fight for real clean energy solutions to our rising energy costs which will benefit all of us, solutions which will actually work, while being green at the same time. Again I ask all of you to please check out our web site www.saveourstateri.org This grass roots cause starts with you. You and I can determine and fight for what Newport’s future can be and should be, nothing but the utmost of prosperity for all of its citizens with all our city’s natural beauty and heritage fully intact.

Anthony G. Spiratos
President – Rhode Island Alliance For Clean Energy
Resident of Newport
E-mail: info@SaveOurStateRI.org
Cell: 1-401-225-1096Home: 1-401-847-6713
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