Charles Komanoff


Wind Power: The Anti-Fossil Fuel

Most pieces here were composed as appeals to "environmentalists," whether genuine or self-professed, to stop obstructing specific, actual wind power projects on alleged ecological or "visual" intrusion grounds. The most eloquent is my long-form article for Orion magazine from 2006. The most acerbic is my Providence Journal 2003 op-ed lambasting the Kennedy family for obstructing the Cape Wind project. The most poetic, in which I invoke the legacy of the late great champion of wildness David Brower, is my 2005 Albany Times Union op-ed. Links to each are directly below.

Though I largely withdrew from this arena in 2007, the year I co-founded the Carbon Tax Center and also began modeling and advocating congestion pricing for New York City, I remain steadfastly committed to the siting, building and operating of large numbers of large-scale wind and solar power projects.

-- C.K.

Whither Wind? A Journey Through the Heated Debate Over Wind Power", feature article in Orion Magazine (Sept/Oct 2006)

In The Wind, Op-ed in the Albany Times Union, pondering an Adirondacks wind project through eyes of wilderness champion David Brower, Sept. 18, 2005

Bixby's Landing, the Robinson Jeffers poem excerpted in my Albany Times Union op-ed

Even Wind Power Can't Be Invisible, Providence Journal op-ed, June 6, 2003 (pdf paste-up of the op-ed as it appeared in the paper's print edition)

Letter to Riverkeeper director Alex Matthiessen, decrying Riverkeeper founder Robert F. Kennedy Jr's obstruction of wind power projects, May 2003

Open letter #2 to environmentalists on behalf of the Cape Wind project, Jan. 2003

Open letter #1 to environmentalists on behalf of the Cape Wind project, Dec. 2002

Wind power's benefits outweigh risks to scenery, Op-ed, Hill Country Observer, 2005

Letter to neocon intellectual Stanley Fish, Sept. 2007, zeroing in on the fatal flaw in his NY Times anti-wind op-ed published ten days earlier, that "Even if large wind farms were in place throughout the country, the electricity produced would be a very small percentage of the electricity we use."

Wind Power Works, Op-ed, Berkshire Eagle, Jan. 8, 2005

Correspondence w/ Eleanor Tillinghast, a prominent western Massachusetts windpower opponent, in which, most notably, she refused to back up her false claim that wind turbines wouldn't reduce fossil fuel dependence, Fall 2004 (pdf)

Brief PowerPoint (5 slides) summarizing data and policy issues pertaining to U.S. wind power. Presented at May 2012 panel discussion on offshore (Atlantic Coast) wind power.

Non-technical paper rebutting false charge that wind turbines displace little or no fossil fuels, April, 2009