Once again, as in past years, tradition and a spirit of patriotism will be on display as the Village of Lake Bluff, IL, bordering Lake Michigan and located a few miles south of Great Lakes Naval Base, holds a Memorial Day Ceremony on its Village Green. 

 It is fitting that Lake Bluffers should salute all who gave their lives in past wars and honor those who have volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way in the name of freedom, as its history — and the history of  Memorial Day — dates back to the time of the Civil War when Union and Confederate soldiers would visit the graves of their relatives and decorate them with flowers.  During the First World War, Lake Bluff was proclaimed the “most patriotic small town in America” for the efforts of its citizens in supporting the Red Cross and purchasing an ambulance to send to France.  http://www.lakebluff.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BE6944056-B601-4B88-9   Although now a full-fledged Chicago suburb with a population of 6,000 plus, Lake Bluff has never relinquished its small-town, New England flavor.  A few hundred of its citizens routinely gather at the Gazebo on Lake Bluff’s Village Green every year to celebrate Memorial Day and Veterans Day. 
 
Memorial Day 2010 will be no different.  Perhaps even more Lake Bluffers will gather on its Village Green as the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made residents even more acutely aware of the debt we owe our military men and women.  As in past years those gathered will be welcomed by Rudy Iberle, Commander of Lake Bluff American Legion Post 510.   Once again I’ll  feel a sense of pride when the National Anthem is performed by the Lake Forest High School Band, followed by the Flag Raising by members of Lake Bluff Scout Troop 42.  Emotional times for me will be the reciting of the “Gettysburg Address” by a LB Middle School student and the reading of the names of Lake Bluff’s fallen heroes.
 
A much anticipated time for all will be the “Salute to Fallen Comrades” performed by the Marine Air Control Group 48 Firing Detail out of Great Lakes, whose members, splendid in their dress uniforms, will stand at attention throughout the ceremony until time to perform their ceremonial gun salute.  Lake Bluff is  fortunate to have as Guest Speaker, Army Colonel Larry Larimer, Director of the Office of Strategic Planning at the Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEP) for all the military services in the United States.
 
Despite my own love of country, I am worried about America’s youth.  History is many times lost on young people.  Today’s children often lose sight that the U.S. is the place people all over the world turn to for help when there is a catastrophe, earthquake, terrible storm, flood, etc. 
 
Too many young people don’t respect their country.  Political correctness seems to have invaded the teaching profession and is also the rhetoric of political leaders.  This political correctness down plays America’s greatness:  that she is nothing special and that America has no right to set itself above other countries in the world either as a leader of or as a place where values still count.  Too often young people are told that America is an evil country and that its past actions should be ridiculed instead of revered.  
 
Although today’s military is an all-volunteer force, will the next generation of young people be willing to follow in the footsteps of the youth that went before them when duty calls to defend America?  Since Congress in 1967 moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May from May 30th, creating a three-day weekend,  Memorial Day too often becomes a three-day getaway weekend that marks the beginning of summer.
 
On this Memorial Day and throughout the year, may parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and all who work with youth, strive to educate young people.  They must be taught that freedom is not free and how in the past our American military has liberated more people from tyranny and slavery than any other force throughout history.
 
The youth of today, and those who follow, represent the future of America.  They must be willing to walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before them to defend their country, so one day they too can be remembered at  Memorial Day celebrations, proud that they were not hesitant to answer the call to protect those freedoms too many Americans take for granted. 
 
May we all pray that future generations of Americans will continue to answer the call to serve their country, just as the veterans we will be honoring on this Memorial Day 2010 all over America.   Should those entrusted to protect America no longer believe this nation, its values, or its long-held freedoms are worth protecting and fighting for, the America envisioned by our Fore Fathers will be relegated to the dist bin of history and the blood shed over many years to protect the American way of life will have been in vain.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Once again, as in past years, tradition and a spirit of patriotism will be on display as the Village of Lake Bluff, IL, bordering Lake Michigan and located a few miles south of Great Lakes Naval Base, holds a Memorial Day Ceremony on its Village Green.

It is fitting that Lake Bluffers should salute all who gave their lives in past wars and honor those who have volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way in the name of freedom, as its history — and the history of  Memorial Day — dates back to the time of the Civil War when Union and Confederate soldiers would visit the graves of their relatives and decorate them with flowers.
During the First World War, Lake Bluff was proclaimed the “most patriotic small town in America” for the efforts of its citizens in supporting the Red Cross and purchasing an ambulance to send to France.  http://www.lakebluff.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BE6944056-B601-4B88-9
Although now a full-fledged Chicago suburb with a population of 6,000 plus, Lake Bluff has never relinquished its small-town, New England flavor.  A few hundred of its citizens routinely gather at the Gazebo on Lake Bluff’s Village Green every year to celebrate Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Memorial Day 2010 will be no different.  Perhaps even more Lake Bluffers will gather on its Village Green as the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made residents even more acutely aware of the debt we owe our military men and women.  As in past years those gathered will be welcomed by Rudy Iberle, Commander of Lake Bluff American Legion Post 510.
Once again I’ll  feel a sense of pride when the National Anthem is performed by the Lake Forest High School Band, followed by the Flag Raising by members of Lake Bluff Scout Troop 42.  Emotional times for me will be the reciting of the “Gettysburg Address” by a LB Middle School student and the reading of the names of Lake Bluff’s fallen heroes.
A much anticipated time for all will be the “Salute to Fallen Comrades” performed by the Marine Air Control Group 48 Firing Detail out of Great Lakes, whose members, splendid in their dress uniforms, will stand at attention throughout the ceremony until time to perform their ceremonial gun salute.  Lake Bluff is  fortunate to have as Guest Speaker, Army Colonel Larry Larimer, Director of the Office of Strategic Planning at the Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEP) for all the military services in the United States.
Despite my own love of country, I am worried about America’s youth.  History is many times lost on young people.  Today’s children often lose sight that the U.S. is the place people all over the world turn to for help when there is a catastrophe, earthquake, terrible storm, flood, etc.
Too many young people don’t respect their country.  Political correctness seems to have invaded the teaching profession and is also the rhetoric of political leaders.  This political correctness down plays America’s greatness:  that she is nothing special and that America has no right to set itself above other countries in the world either as a leader of or as a place where values still count.  Too often young people are told that America is an evil country and that its past actions should be ridiculed instead of revered.
Although today’s military is an all-volunteer force, will the next generation of young people be willing to follow in the footsteps of the youth that went before them when duty calls to defend America?  Since Congress in 1967 moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May from May 30th, creating a three-day weekend,  Memorial Day too often becomes a three-day getaway weekend that marks the beginning of summer.
On this Memorial Day and throughout the year, may parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and all who work with youth, strive to educate young people.  They must be taught that freedom is not free and how in the past our American military has liberated more people from tyranny and slavery than any other force throughout history.
The youth of today, and those who follow, represent the future of America.  They must be willing to walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before them to defend their country, so one day they too can be remembered at  Memorial Day celebrations, proud that they were not hesitant to answer the call to protect those freedoms too many Americans take for granted.
May we all pray that future generations of Americans will continue to answer the call to serve their country,  just as the veterans we will be honoring on this Memorial Day 2010 all over America.   Should those entrusted to protect America no longer believe this nation, its values, or its long-held freedoms are worth protecting and fighting for, the America envisioned by our Fore Fathers will be relegated to the dist bin of history and the blood shed over many years to protect the American way of life will have been in vain.

The Heartland Institute of Chicago, Joseph L. Bast, President, held its Fourth International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago at the Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel on Michigan Avenue from May 16 – l8. The Heartland Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan Chicago-based research organization founded in 1984. Its purpose is to discover, develop and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information about the Heartland Institute, visit http://www.heartland.org/ or call 312/377-4000.

It is appropriate that the theme of this year’s conference was Reconsidering the Science and Economics, as much has happened since Heartland’s Third International Conference on Climate Change held in Washington, D.C. in June of last year. Among the happenings: It was in November of last year that emails and other documents from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia revealed a pattern of mismanagement of temperature data, interference with peer review, and an effort to suppress academic debate on global warming (Climategate). In December of 2009, negotiations in Copenhagen, meant as a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, collapsed, leaving the world without a binding international agreement after Kyoto expires in 2012.

Attending Heartland’s Fourth International Conference were seventy-three distinguished scientists, economists, and policy experts from twenty-three countries. The speakers were all united in thought that the time is now to reconsider the science and economics of global warming. New scientific discoveries cast doubt on how much of the warming during the twentieth century was man-caused, and how much was due to natural causes. Governments around the world have begun to recognize the astronomical cost of reducing emissions, and how the cost of slowing or stopping global warming might exceed the societal benefits. Even so, not all seventy-three of the invited guests agreed on the causes, extent, or the consequences of climate change.

Among the seventy-three distinguished speakers were two global climate believers: 1) Tam Hunt, J.D. who owns and runs Community Renewable Solutions LLC and is also a lecturer in Climate Change Law and Policy at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (a graduate-level program), and 2) A. Scott Denning, PhD, a professor at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, a joint project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Colorado State University.

Although Heartland Institute extended invitations to many global warming believers, only Hunt and Denning were brave enough to accept. Heartland’s president, Joseph L. Bast, hopes to persuade more speakers with opposing viewpoints to attend next year’s conference.

The electricity generated by the speakers was felt by the 700-plus individuals who registered to attend the conference. As examples of the caliber of distinguished guest speaker, I’ve arbitrarily chosen those that I came in contact at the conference and whose names are known to many: Howard Hayden, PhD; Christopher C. Horner, J.D.; Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger; Jay H. Lehr, PhD; Ben Lieberman; Richard Lindzen, PhD; Stephen Mcintyre; Patrick J. Michaels, PhD; Lord Christopher Monckton; Ian Plimer, PhD; S. Fred Singer, PhD; Roy W. Spencer, PhD; and James M. Taylor, J.S. To view the names of all speakers and conference events go to: http://www.heartland.org/events/2010Chicgo/program.html
Four of the above guest speakers participated in book signing sessions: Ian Plimer, PhD – Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science; Roy W. Spencer, PhD – The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Scientists; S. Fred Singer, PhD – Hot Talk, Cold Science; and Christopher C. Horner, J.D. – Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal your Freedom and Bankrupt America.
Much visited by convention participants were thirteen Conference Exhibitors. All thirteen deserve recognition, but to list all would not be practical in this format. Pajamas Media deserves special recognition because of its “on location” coverage from the Copenhagen Climate Conference. Its online video arm of the new media company, Pajamas Media, has also been in the forefront and broken many key stories on the global warming controversy from both the scientific and business perspectives. Pajamas Media videotaped the entire Heartland Conference. http://www.pajamasmedia.com/
My one regret is that I could not listen to the presentations of all seventy-three of the distinguished speakers. Tracks were set up from which conference participants could select those speakers they wished to hear based on their interests. Four tracks were available at each of the five sessions, three on Monday and two on Tuesday. Two of tracks were devoted to Science and one track each to Economics and Public Policy. Each of the four tracks in every session featured either three or four guest speakers. With this in mind, as a participant who attended all five of the sessions, I was limited to hearing, at the most, seventeen of the featured speakers. Additionally, however, there were two keynote speakers at Sunday’s opening supper and two each at breakfast and lunch on both Monday and Tuesday.
As a conference participant, I would like to comment about two of the guest speakers. One of them, James Delingpole, was the only non-scientist in the group of seventy three. He is an author, broadcaster, and blogger who helped break the Climategate story in the United Kingdom. Having earned an English degree from Oxford University, Delingpole “felt like a shepherd boy who had been transported to Mt. Olympus.”
According to Delingpole, the Climategate story fell into his lap and changed his life. His pitch to the conference attendees was how we represent the happy people who want a good life. Also, that we have a place in this war. The war we are fighting is for our liberty. It is between two opposing views of the world. It’s also a propaganda war. James Delingpole is the author of Obamaland: I’ve Seen Your Future And It Doesn’t Work.
There could be no question as to the climax of the conference. Even the president of Heartland Institute, Joseph Bast, concluded as much, when he decided to present the wrap-up of the conference before Lord Christopher Monckton had spoken at the final lunch gathering on Tuesday, May 18. Lord Monckton is chief policy adviser to the Science and Public Policy Institute. Monckton was also a policy adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He now travels the world, all for the truth of sound science. Monckton describes truth “as the center of every lasting consensus.”
Lord Monckton’s speech was anticipated by all and he didn’t disappoint. His tongue-in-cheek British humor was entertaining, but then Monckton turned serious. Lord Monckton dispayed a graph which he called the “new hockey-stick”, which he described as being just as nonsensical as the original.  As Monckton illustrated, bogus facts can be used to construct computer models to show that the rate of global warming is accelerating and it’s because of man. 
According to Lord Monckton, even if all economic activity were closed down to forestall global warming for a period of 100 years, the temperature reduction would only amount to 1 degree Fahrenheit. This would be the height of folly and cruelty!
In speaking about Cap and Trade, Monckton warned how any measure to curtail global warming would result in abject failure. Monckton then listed three current approaches that are doomed to failure because they would have no effect on climate change: Kerry-Lieberman Bill, EPA regulations, and an attempt to push a new treaty at Cancun to replace the failed Copenhagen one.
 Further words of truth spoken by Lord Monckton described how science and economics cannot be divorced from politics, that Cap and Trade is nothing less than an attempt by the rich and powerful to take away the chance for the little guy to face up to the big guy, and that scientific truth will always remain the truth because it doesn’t matter how many lies are told.
 It was during the conclusion of Lord Monckton’s remarks – Global Warming: The Trojan that Menaces Global Freedom – when not a dry eye was left in the room. In a dramatic presentation, Monckton quoted Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Not only did Lord Monckton tear up, but so did his attentive and enraptured audience, as Monckton passionately intoned its final words: “. . .that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Listed below are but a few of the many salient facts about global warming which conference participants were privileged to hear:  
  • Weather stations can no longer be trusted. 90% of the 1,064 weather stationsdo not meet government standards because contamination is present.
  • The billions of dollars spent by government and others to fund science just perpetuates problems rather than solving them. Funding only continues if research shows what those funding itwish it to prove,otherwise funding is discontinued.
  • If temperature can’t be projected for a week,how is itpossible to project temperature to 2050 and beyond?
  • The public is susceptible to scare tactics: Silent Spring, byRachel Carson, published in September of 1962, helped to start the environmental movement. A marine biologist, Carson documented the detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, which ledto the banning of DDT here in the U.S. and millions of deathsin malaria-prone countries.
  • 70% of the public believes that we’re almost running out of fossil fuel.
  • Uncertainty allows for the possibility of disaster. Something must be done even though that something might make things worse.
  • Computer models are not reliable because garbage in yields garbage out. Facts are often cherry-picked and can be tweaked to create the results that the computer modeler is looking for.
  • Peer review is a way of screening out opposing views. Skeptics of climate change have a difficult time getting published.
  • The influence of CO2 is so small that it’s at a noise level.
  • Science education is in a general decline. Students are taught that science is based on evidence, and yet all they are presented are inaccurate models.
It was disconcerting and even unconscionable that the Chicago media ignored Heartland’s Fourth International Conference on Climate Change. While there were reporters and TV stations present at the conference, they were not from Chicago media sources. The bias shown by the Chicago media is unforgiveable
Shame on the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Daily Herald for not even including a short blurb in their newspapers about Heartland’s outstanding Fourth International Conference on Climate Change with its distinguished world-wide list of speakers. Sadly the media has taken the politically approved stance that global warming is man-made. As such the media is not about to inform its readers of the thousands of leading scientists around the world who reject global warming. Is it any wonder that newspapers are losing subscribers, when they only tell one side of the story? Kudos to Pajama Media for filming the entire conference!
A Heartland Institute sign prominently displayed at the conference said it all: “Global Warming? It is not man made, it’s a natural variation, the human impact is very small, computer models are flawed, and there is no “consensus”. Global Warming is also not harmful, past warmings were beneficial, no current warming harms, future warmings will be modest, and warming is better.
Sixty four cosponsors from twenty three different countries signed on to Heartland’s Fourth International Conference on Climate Change including Americans for Prosperity, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, Freedom Works, Illinois Policy Institute, JunkScience.com, George C. Marshall Institute, National Center for Public Policy Research, and the Science and Public Policy Institute.

Editor’s note: AT Environment editor Marc Sheppard was also at the conference and is writing an article on the subject.

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What happens if special needs children become adults who can’t work enough to support themselves, or who need assistance either because parents have died or are unable to support them, or whose extended family members are unable to absorb the cost of their care?

Living in Lake Bluff, I frequently see developmental disabled adults arrive and return home by commuter train after spending the day working at Lambs Farm in Libertyville.  Lambs Farm cares for 250 developmental disabled adult.  From time to time I see adults being helped by Lambs Farm picking up trash in Lake Bluff under the supervision of a caring Lambs Farm employee. 

The situation is grave here in Illinois, prompted by past budget cuts for social service agencies, and even more critical because of additional cuts proposed in the governor’s FY11 budget.  This is not a partisan political issue, but a systemic one. 

Instead of being compassionate toward the needy and the disadvantaged, state legislators are showing their disrespect for the developmental disabled as human beings.  To  further compound the situation, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned on Friday, May 7, unable to decide on a tax hike or what to cut or how to cut the FY11 budget.

Illinois governor Pat Quinn’s proposed FY11 budget, effective June 30, 2010, includes:

  • Reductions to community-based services and supports for persons with developmental disabilities by $125 million through a 2.5% across-the board rate reduction.
  • Elimination of non-Medicaid grants.
  • Establish a 45-day payment cycle extension.

Countryside Association is an organization located in Palatine, IL, that tends to adults with disabilities.  Wayne A. Kulick is the Executive Director of Countryside Association.  Countryside is deeply concerned, as are many social service agencies here in Illinois, about Governor Quinn’s proposed $25 million in budget cuts and how the reduced funding will affect Countryside’s work to assist needy adults who depend on the organization for assistance.

Despite facing a budget deficit amounting to billions of dollars, a $124 million cut in funds to assist social service agencies is an insignificant amount of money when pitted against Governor Quinn’s massive proposed Illinois FY11 budget in the billions of dolllars!  

Contact Senator Susan Garrett at ilsenate29@sbcglobal.net and Representative Karen May at Kren@repkarenmay.org  to let them know that it is unacceptable to cut $124 million from the FY11 Illinois budget for community-based organizations who assist individuals with developmental disabilities who can’t care for themselves.

NSS To Perform ‘Melodies Across Time’

Submitted by the North Suburban Symphony   –  Nancy J. Thorner, cellist with NSSTwo months ago, the North Suburban Symphony, directed by Maestro Ron Arden, partnered with Robert Bassil’s Lake Forest High School Orchestras to present a well received and enjoyable concert at Lake Forest High School. The DVD of the combined concert, “Diverse Generations,” is presently being featured on Channel 19 in Lake Forest/Lake Bluff.

On Sunday, May 16, the North Suburban Symphony will present the third concert of its of 2009 – 2010 Concert Season at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest starting at 4:00 p.m. The North Suburban Symphony traces its origin back to the Lake Forest Chamber Orchestra organized in 1955.

Unlike the Lake Forest Symphony, a professional orchestra, the North Suburban Symphony is an all-volunteer community orchestra. Since 2001, the symphony has enjoyed a partnership with the Lake Bluff Park District. This partnership, with the assistance of able staff members, has been invaluable in promoting the NSS and in providing services that are essential to the administration of the orchestra.

Mitchell GreenThe May 16 program, “Melodies Across Time,” will feature Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony for String Orchestra; Serenade #1 by Johannes Brahms; and the first prize winner of the James Glacking Young Musicians Competition, classical guitarist Mitchell Green, a sophomore at Glenbrook North High School. Mitchell will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major as the first prize winner of the James Glacking Young Musicians Competition held last November at Gorton Community Center. Six talented high school musicians, ranging from freshmen to seniors, competed in the competition with winner Mitchell Green.

The James Glacking Competition was brought over to the North Suburban Symphony by James Glacking from the now disbanded Liberty-Fremont Concert Society in 1991. The competition was named for Jim Glacking after his death in the late ’90s. Without the selfless dedication and hard work of James Glacking, many young Lake County musicians would never have had an opportunity to perform with a symphony orchestra.

Mitchell began studying classical guitar at age four. He enjoys playing a wide variety of music, but Mitchell is truly a Bach enthusiast and most enjoys music from the Baroque period. Having performed at a variety of venues including radio, festivals, religious organizations, and retirement homes, Mitchell also volunteers his time to play music for Alzheimer patients.

In addition to playing the guitar, Mitchell plays the string bass in the Glenbrook North High School Orchestra, electric guitar in a rock band, and enjoys playing the piano and the drums. Additionally Mitchell’s hobbies include mathematics, horseback riding and tennis.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults; $10 for students/seniors; and children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.

Call 847-234-4150 for information about this Sunday’s North Suburban Symphony concert, your local community orchestra. The internet address is www.northsubsymphony.org. The NSS is always looking for local and area residents to perform as volunteer musicians in a good community orchestra.

FREEDOM PUB   Three segments Posted from Cooper’s Corner North Shore “Live”
— Video: Expose: Wind Power vs. Nuclear Energy – Nancy J. Thorner

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POSITION PAPER #3:   QUESTIONS TO ASK  ABOUT WIND POWER AS A VIABLE SOURCE OF ENERGY

Part of the impetus for drafting regulations for wind turbines and wind farms here in Lake County, IL, is the proposed Sexton Wind Farm commercial project involving the location of 10 turbines on Russell Road, just west of the Tri-State Tollway.  When height became an issue at the April 26th hearing, a Sexton representative did admit that the turbines must be at least 400 ft. high to be commercially viable in order to catch the wind needed to make constructing the turbines profitable.

 1.    The principal motivation for investments being made in wind farms — not claimed environmental benefits — are the very high profits due to generous government tax breaks and subsidies.

 2.    Setting up a wind farm involves a high capital cost, specific to equipment and site.

 3.    Transmission costs are high, particularly when wind farms are remote from where electricity from wind is needed and because electricity from wind uses transmission capacity inefficiently.

 4.    Due to intermittent, variability, and unpredictability of electricity from wind, it has less real value in an electrical system than from fossil/nuclear power.  Wind turbines produce electricity only when the wind is blowing with the right speed ranges.  Some turbines only begin producing electricity when the wind reaches about 8.9 miles per hour, achieve rated capacity at about 33.6 mph and cut out at 55.9 mph.  Demand for electric power may soar to supply electricity for air conditioning on a very hot day when there is little wind.  Then what do you do?  You then need reliable backup power in large quantities that is readily and immediately available. 

 5.    Assuming the wind turbines proposed by Sexton are 2.5 MW units, it would take a thousand of these huge wind tribunes to equal a single nuclear plant, but in fact the thousand wind turbines cannot replace a single nuclear plant because you need 100% backup for when the wind doesn’t blow.

 6.    Each giant turbine requires 700 tons of steel and cement to construct.  How’s that for the environment!

 7.    Depending on wind conditions, the amount of backup capacity may have to equal the peak capacity of a wind farm.  If wind conditions exceed the cut out point of 55.9 mph, the entire output of the wind farm could be lost.

 8.    Wind speed is a critical factor in determining the amount of electricity produced.  Stronger wind tends to occur at night and in colder months when less energy is needed. 

 9.   The full, true costs of electricity from wind are dwarfed by the value of tax breaks and subsidies available to wind farm owners. 

10.   In most cases electricity from wind turbines can’t be stored, but there are a number of methods (batteries, compressed air storage, hydro) in partial use in experimental projects.

11.   Birds are killed when flying into the whirring blades.

12.  Those living near wind turbines and wind farms have experienced illness and fatigue from the noise and the light flicker of turbines, and some have had difficulty sleeping because of the whooshing sound of as few as five industrial wind turbines.

13.   Of the nine wind turbines proposed by Sexton here in Lake County, they most likely would be 2.5MW turbines, 500 feet above the ground with 330 foot diameter blades.  These would provide enough energy (averaged over a year) for 5500 people.  Given spacing requirements (10 diameters apart), the turbines would occupy about 1.5 square miles of land.  Large size turbines range from $1 – $1.5 million in cost installed.  This doesn’t seem like a very good investment of nearly $15 million for Sexton without huge subsidies going to company. 14. There are recorded accidents of failed blades which have been known to travel over a quarter of a mile; incidences of fire where only 30-ft. ladders will do; and incidences of ice throw with human injury.

14.  There are recorded accidents of failed blades which have been known to travel over a quarter of a mile; incidences of fire where only 30-foot ladders will do; and incidences of ice throw with human injury.   Turbine blades can also freeze in cold weather.

WORTH NOTING  We have no shortage of energy.  We are not causing dangerous global warming.  Wind turbines, and other proposed forms of alternate energy are some of the 4-karet non-solutions to the non-shortage of energy and the non-disaster of climate.  14-karet minds can be attributed to those individuals (environmentalists) who are trying to force society into very expensive non-solutions to non-problems.  Environmental groups that were initially behind a push for wind power are no longer so enthusiastic, having now discovered that it will mean covering large tracts of land with wind turbines all over the country.

  

The oil rig disaster deserves a full review so that such an event is not repeated.  How did the oil rig topple when there was no hurricane around? 
 
Was the oil rig really a ticking time bomb?  Might the accident have been avoidable?  How many more ticking time bombs are out there?  What about the caliber of personnel on board and the degree of oversight?  Were they perhaps untrained, uneducated, lower-paid-and-nameless-culture people, nameless because of political correctness and fear of legal reprisal? 
 
The oil spill is being treated by the media as something that might apply to all oil platforms — poorly designed and not environmentally friendly.  This plays into the hands of the ultra-liberals who say we should not use oil platforms along our coast and in the interior, not use Nuclear for producing electricity, not use petroleum for making cars run, etc.  These ultra-liberals are trying to shut down all forms of energy production in the world, not just in America.
 
President Barack Obama says that BP will pay for everything, but that is baloney because BP only has our money, not a mountain of cash that it has inherited. 
An engineer friend told me that quite a number of failures had to take place to lose total control of the BP well.  Usually blowouts occur while still drilling a new hole.  This well had been drilled, evaluated, cased and cemented, and then plugged with cement and a final mechanical plug placed in the wellhead.   All of these pressure barriers had to be tested both ways (positive and negative) to pass muster both by law and by corporate policy.  Whether all the safe guards were in place will be very difficult to ascertain, all the more so as all eyewitnesses perished.  

A possible explanation:  Cement is quite susceptible to being penetrated by gas during the time when it first begins to react and crystallize.   This is called transition, and different types of chemicals are mixed into the slurry to counteract the phenomenon.  It has been stated that the well was losing its circulation at total depth, so it’s likely the cement job was also pumped into the formation rather than filling the void between the hole and the casing.  It’s even likely that this was the root cause of the leak, allowing hydrocarbon to communicate from the bottom of the well where the reservoir sits. 

The well was completed with a liner (which is a short casing string which is not connected to the wellhead) which is the conduit for the gas to escape.  Liners do have special precautionary design features to prevent gas from escaping, but obviously something failed.  Perhaps the pressure overcame the design rating, but usually the strength of the formation is overcome and the flow becomes an underground blowout instead of a surface blowout.

It would be an “energy disaster” for President Obama to halt off-shore drilling because of the BP rig accident.   Oil is a commodity this nation must have in ample supply now and in the future to fuel this nation’s and the world’s ever increasing need for power.  Alternate form of energy like wind and solar will never take the place of nuclear and fossil fuel. 

Using tankers to bring billions of gallons of oil to America is not the solution.  Not only are there many more tanker accident than rig malfunctions, but it seems counterproductive to pay money to those who hate us when this nation could supply a meaningful proportion of its oil needs, if not restricted from drilling where the oil is located by advocates who seem to desire that we cease all forms of energy production and use and revert back to an era of caveman-type living!

Freedom loving people must halt the movement of total government control which already has invaded the auto industry, health care, and financial institutions and is now attempting to control CO2 emissions and pass Cap and Trade.
 

 
 
 

 The Illinois Policy Institute, John Tillman, CEO, held a Liberty Leaders Capitol Day on Springfield on Wednesday, May 5th.   Free bus transportation was provided to and from Springfield.

The Illinois Policy Institute is a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to supporting free market principles and liberty-based public policy initiatives for a better Illinois.  As a leading voice for economic liberty and government accountability, we engage policy makers, opinion leaders, and citizens on the state and local level. 

Brian Costin, Director of Outreach at the Illinois Policy Institute, shepherded 25 volunteer Liberty Leaders, including the contributor, in assisting them in securing meetings with their Illinois legislators and staff.  It was an opportunity for the Liberty Leader volunteers  to explain to their state legislators that it is possible to balance the state budget without tax hikes that target struggling taxpayers, hurt ours state’s business climate, and hamper job creation.  http://www.illinoispolicy.org/content/?section=462&section2=506&page=506

Liberty Leader participants were given two handouts to assist in their one-to-one meetings with their state legislators or legislative assistants:  1) Budget Solutions 2011, published by the Illinois Policy Institute, and which offers an alternative budgeting plan that addresses the state’s immediate problems rather than kicking the can further down the road.(http://www.illinoispolicy.org/news/article.asp?ArticleSource=2284) and 2) a SENATE BILL 2494 Fact Sheet which encouraged legislators to vote for a pilot voucher program (IPI did much work to promote the SB 2494) to give parents in Chicago’s lowest-performing and most severely overcrowded schools educational options.  http://www.illinoispolicy.org/news/article.asp?ArticleSource=2501  
 
Unfortunately pleas from the twenty five volunteer Illinois Policy Institute Liberty Leaders, in regards to the pilot voucher program which would have guaranteed that 22,000 to 30,000 kids in overcrowded and failing schools would get help, was shot down in the House on May 6th in an unusually bi-partisan split of 66 – 42.  It was sad to observe how so many House legislators (and shame on the Republicans members!) elected to vote “no” on the voucher program, thereby choosing union cash over the students.  
 
It was not surprising to learn on Friday, May 7th, that Democrats who control the General Assembly are in a budget scramble.  Despite facing a 13 billion, instead of taking into consideration the Illinois Policy Institutes’s Budget Solutions 2011, the General Assembly is considering a crazy-quilt of financial options that will Illinois to function for the next six months, all designed to get lawmakers back home with the least amount of political fallout before the November 2nd General Election.
 
Besides having the opportunity to meet with their state legislators, Liberty Leaders volunteers and staff members enjoyed a luncheon and a discussion  — Rich States,Poor States: How Does Illinois Rank? —  featuring Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.  The American Legislative Exchange (ALEC) has long been a trusted source for critical economic and tax policy information.  The Council provides leadership to state executives and legislatures.  Senator Kirk Dillard is chairman of the Illinois ALEC Chaper; Rep. Renee Kosell is co-chair. 
 
The authors of Rich States,Poor States, besides Jonathan Williams, include Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, founder and chairman of Laffer Associates,  and Stephen Moore. a member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal.  Rich States, Poor States  is now it its third edition.  It is a vital source to help shape sound fiscal policy in states across the country.  A quip made by Jonathan Williams in addressing the Illinois Policy Institute gathering was how the next edition of Rich States, Poor States might more aptly be called Poor States, Poor States because all but one state has a deficit problem.
 
Jonathan Williams quoted Ronald Reagan twice during his remarks which are equally applicable in today’s political climate:   “Washington is an island surrounded by reality,” and in speaking of the nine most dangerous words in the English language, they are, “I’m from the government and I’m hear to help.” 
 
Of utmost interest in Rich States, Poor States is the ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index.  Each state is ranked on a state’s current standing in 15 state policy variable.  Each of these factors is influenced directly by state lawmakers through the legislative process.  The number one ranking state is Utah, while Illinois ranks near the bottom at 48th.  Only Ohio and Michigan have a lower ranking, Ohio 49th and Michigan 50th. 
  
Contact the American Legislative Exchange Council by phone at (202) 466-3800 or Fax (202) 466-3801 on how to purchase Rich States, Poor States.   Mr. Wiliams did inform the IPI guests that the 125-page book could be downloaded at http//www.alec.org/am/pdf/tax/10rsps/rsps10-il.pdf or check www.alec.org.  
 
And what did Jonathan Williams have to say about Illinois and why states are facing severe budget problems?:
 
  • States spent in the good years as if the good times would never end.
  • Unfunded pension systems can blow up budgets for years to come.
  • There is no restraining of government as in the private sector.
  • States have too long over promised and under funded. 
  • States with no progressive income taxes are doing much better.
  • Taxes have an anti-growth effect if too high.
  • High taxes chase out businesses and jobs.
  • Federal assistance to states, received as a mana from Heaven, have made it more difficult to keep spending under control. 
  • A state has never borrowed or spent its way to wealth.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I read with interest your Chicago Sun-Times editorial on Monday, May 1:  Wind turbines in lake an idea worth study.  

As with a wind farm proposal here in northern Lake County by the Sexton Wind Farm Commercial Project, the Evanston City Council should consider these facts before deciding to have a wind farm placed in Lake Michigan, even though miles off the suburb’s shore:

1.   Wind power production on a large scale is impractical.  The energy can’t be stored, meaning that 100% backup is needed when the wind doesn’t blow.

2.  The principal motive behind investing in turbines and wind farms is not related to environmental benefits, but to the very hugh profits due to generous government and state tax breaks and subsidies to invest in wind.

3.  Beware when you see the government mandating or subsidizing a produce or service.  If it is economically feasible, it would be profitable and private invstors would be supporrting it.

4.  Every source of energy besides fossil fuel and nuclear is either less convenient, or more expensive, or both. 

It is shortsighted and foolish to believe that we are going to run this country on chicken manure, sunbeams and breezes! 

Right now there is no alternative that is economically competitive with fossil/nuclear.   Wind and solar are but “flavors” of the day!

Even environmentalists are becoming disenchanted with wind power when they discover it would involve covering huge tracts of land all over the country in order to produce any meaningful power.