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We in the US have been bombarded by information from astro-turf organizations so frequently, that the first thing to do is to see who your opponent really is.

A web search on greenberkshires doesn't reveal much. Their web site gives no information on who the organization is, who are its directors, or how to contribute. In references from other places it is identified as a local organization dedicated to preserving the character of the Berkshires. So it may just be a technically unsophisticated NIBMY group.

I've travelled in the Berkshires frequently, and it is in the midst of gentrification after a long period of decline. It has become a prime spot for vacation homes, with skiing in the winter and cultural activities like the Tanglewood music festival in summer. So, it would not be surprising to find some local anti-development groups springing up.

These NIMBY groups seem to trade misinformation with each other. We know about the efforts of the Kennedys concerning the off shore wind farm near their home. But there is also a movement in upstate NY which makes no sense. The land is not especially attractive, most of what is in the region is faltering dairy farms and there is no prospect for any influx of industry or development.

The only argument not given in the analysis above was to compare the subsidies to wind farms with those to oil/gas and ethanol.

By the way upstate NY is going to build two ethanol plants. One seems to be totally new, but the other will be a converted brewery. How they will be powered was not mentioned in the news stories.

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Sun May 14th, 2006 at 10:53:18 AM EST
So it may just be a technically unsophisticated NIBMY group.

I think that's an understatement. The main criticisms of wind were all there, but it was terribly written.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Sun May 14th, 2006 at 12:54:19 PM EST
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Actually, someone already provided the info in my dKos thread yesterday - the guy writing this, and his organisation, are apparently well known fronts for the nuclear and coal industries.

See here: http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2006/5/13/8838/11631/188#c188

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun May 14th, 2006 at 01:58:14 PM EST
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