For the most part, I’ve pretty much ignored US Chamber’s Project No Project web site. They list projects and then claim to assess the impact of the NIMBY folks, as they call anyone with concerns about the placement of energy projects in their community. In reality, they just complain about NIMBYS.
I’d pretty much forgotten about the site until I read an article in the York (PA) Daily Record about wind turbine construction at Turkey Point, near the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, PA. I lived in the area for a number of years and still have family there. I’ve been to the river near there on many occasions. Pretty nice spot if you ever get a chance to visit.
I won’t bore you with the article but provide you with this link in case you want to read about the turbines and the “sorta” concerns of the Audubon Society which supports industrial wind and birds and can’t seem to remember which one actually serves a purpose. (Here’s a hint – birds are good!)
Smack dab in the middle of the article is this, “According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, many alternative energy projects across the country are meeting with local opposition. The chamber maintains a website called Project No Project, pnp.uschamber.com, which tracks energy projects meeting opposition across the country for various reasons.” Being a huge fan of the dangling participle, I wondered if the “various reasons” related to the reasons for opposition or the Chamber’s reason for tracking, but no matter. It just reminded me of one of my favorites, “the old man with a wooden leg named Smith.”
Anyway, I ventured over to the Project No Project web site for a look. I had forgotten how much fun it was to visit.
The home page has what I suppose is their mission statement. A key element being this: These “Not In My Back Yard” folks, or NIMBYs as they are called, block energy projects by organizing local opposition, changing zoning laws, opposing permits, filing lawsuits, and bleeding projects dry of their financing. And far from just blocking modern coal plants; the truth is that they really don’t want a wind farm or any other energy source either.
Project No Project is an interactive venture that seeks to tell the story of NIMBY and its damaging impact on jobs, infrastructure and economic prosperity. Through Project No Project, the U.S. Chamber seeks to provide the cold, hard truth about NIMBY and radical environmental activism, and make our leaders finally pay attention to this growing problem.
Project No Project is a repository of stalled and stopped energy projects, but its success ultimately depends on you, the user. For every project we have identified, there are dozens of others we have not discovered. Please comment to tell us your story, and we will add it to the website. Links to news stories help the verification process, so if you have them, stick them in.
Together we can stop the NIMBYs, get these projects back on track, help our nation meet its energy needs responsibly, and start our economic recovery today.
It’s no wonder the US Chamber is gaming for these heathens! These NIMBYS border on being criminals and utilize the most vile form of terrorist tactics available: organizing local opposition, changing zoning laws, opposing permits, filing lawsuits, and bleeding projects dry of their financing.
How dare they! This is America! Where is Homeland Security? How can we allow these methods to stand in the way of progress? What happened to good old American whining … like the wind developers do when they don’t get their subsidies on time or states don’t demand we buy from them?
I think what I’ll do now and then is check out the Chamber’s Chamber of NIMBY Horrors and report on the cold, hard truth about NIMBY and radical environmental activism for surely these rotten dogs must be reported. And, with your help, the Chamber’s Secret Service assures us they can stop the NIMBYs, get these projects back on track, help our nation meet its energy needs responsibly, and start our economic recovery today.
Or, maybe we’ll just have a little fun. Heck, I’m even going to start a special category for Project No Project.
Unfortunately, I can’t start with the Turkey Point wind installation because the Project No Project site has nothing on it. I find that pretty surprising since the Pennsylvania Audubon Society has complained and actually filed a formal protest letter with the Department of Energy. And doesn’t that make the Pennsylvania Audubon Society one of “them there NIMBY critters” the Chamber needs to stomp out?
Maybe I should turn them in. Wonder if there’s a reward?