European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) also calls for a study of wind
power's record to determine its true benefits, costs, and impacts.
.......an edited extract from a NWW press release, Jan 09, is shown below
Rowe, Mass., Jan. 15, 2009
On the morning of October 4, 2008, several groups from France and other European countries agreed
to form the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW).
On November 24, EPAW
publicized a letter  that they will send to the Commissioners of the
European Union and Members of the European Parliament.
The letter calls for an immediate moratorium on wind energy projects
throughout the E.U. and independent study of wind energy to assess its
carbon savings and its economic, social, and environmental impacts.
National Wind Watch supports this call.
We have a lot to learn from Europe, where there is a long experience
with substantial presence of wind energy on the grid. The time is long
overdue that regulators and planners should stop talking about what wind
energy "can" do and start examining what it actually has done.
North America and the rest of the world also should heed EPAW's request
for a reality check.
In December 2008, the British Wind Energy Association was forced by the Advertising
Standards Authority to reduce by half its claims of how much carbon
emissions might be reduced by wind energy.  This and other claims by
the wind energy industry need to be examined by independent experts, so
that energy policy is based on facts rather than sales material.
Everyone involved in promoting and supporting the spread of industrial
wind needs to take a "hard look" at the facts. As Eric Rosenbloom,
president of National Wind Watch, said, "If we have learned anything
from the last eight years, from the collapse of Enron who helped create
the modern wind industry  to the demise of Lehman Brothers who
invested heavily in wind to avoid paying taxes , we cannot trust the
players themselves to look out for our or the environment's interests.
We need policies based on facts, not promotional materials or wishful
 Most notably, Enron invented "green tags" to sell wind energy
production twice. Also see: "Enron's Ken Lay asks for Texas Gov. Bush's
help in securing tax credits for wind",
http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/?p=1055; "How the White House Energy
Plan Benefitted Enron", http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/?p=1075
National Wind Watch is a nonprofit corporation established by
campaigners from around the U.S. in 2005 to promote knowledge and raise
awareness of the environmental and social impacts of industrial
wind energy development. Information, analysis, and other materials are
available on their web site: www.wind-watch.org.
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