Author Archives: Bruce Anderson

Local wind saga continues

The Northfield City Council, by a 5-2 vote (voting yes were Mayor Rossing and Councilors Buckheit, Denison, Vohs and Zweifel; voting no, Councilors Pokorney and Pownell), passed a resolution of strong support for the proposed Spring Creek Wind project. The resolution contained identical language to the resolution of support for the proposed new Carleton wind [...]

Setbacks are key: they should remain unchanged until informed by sound science

For your further reading pleasure, the letter to the editor I wrote for today’s Northfield News (before it was edited a bit by The News, and their somewhat misleading headline inserted): To the editor: Setbacks are key: they should remain unchanged until informed by sound science I agree with Gary Carlson (“Setbacks key for turbines,” [...]

Spring Creek Wind project: open microphone statement, November 29 Planning Commission meeting

When you only have three minutes, you gotta be succinct. For the record: RENew Northfield statement of support for the proposed Carleton and Spring Creek Wind Projects November 29, 2010 Bruce Anderson, 501 St. Olaf Avenue (commenting on behalf of the board of RENew Northfield) Members of the Planning Commission: the wind proposals before you [...]

NIMBYism dressed up as science

While I don’t discount the possibility of some negative effects associated with wind turbines (“Wind energy’s ripple effects,” Dr. Gary Carlson, Star Tribune, November 9, 2010), there’s no such thing as a free lunch. I’d rather see locally owned wind turbines surrounding many rural communities in Minnesota, providing clean energy and local economic benefits without [...]

Richard Heinberg to speak in Northfield November 12th

If you care about the fate of the Earth and the society our children, grandchildren, and subsequent generations will inherit, you owe it to yourself and those generations to come to spend part of your Friday evening at the Northfield Ballroom (1055 Highway 3 North). Richard Heinberg, award-winning author of eight books, including The Party’s [...]