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Steinburg to chair Agriculture Committee

EDENTON — State Representative Bob Steinburg (R-Edenton) today announced his committee assignments for his second term in office. Steinburg earned the Chairman’s gavel for the Agriculture Committee after serving as Vice-Chairman during his inaugural term. Steinburg also was named to the following committees: Commerce and Job Development, Environment, Finance, Judiciary 1, Transportation, and Wildlife Resources.

“These committee assignments mean I will be working closely on the issues most important to our area,” said Steinburg.“Agriculture is the most important industry in our state, and I am committed to serve as a friend of the farmer. From fighting to restore the Historic Preservation Tax Credit on the Finance Committee to implementing policies that will attract new jobs on the Commerce and Job Development Committee, few committees are as important to the job growth our area needs as these.

“I am especially glad to join the Transportation Committee this year to ensure our roads, ferries, and bridges are funded and to work even more closely with Governor McCrory and the Department of Transportation,” continued Steinburg. “Our area’s natural resources and unique beauty is why many chose to live here. They are vital to our economy. Serving on the Environment Committee and the Wildlife Resources Committee will strengthen my influence for our way of life, and I remain a steadfast advocate for the rule of law and traditional values while serving again on the Judiciary Committee.”

Rep. Bob Steinburg concluded, “As you can tell, I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference for our area. That’s my mission in the State House, and my door is always open to help anyone.”

A retired businessman and lifelong conservative Republican, Rep. Bob Steinburg currently serves Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Tyrrell Counties in his second term in the State House.

Industrial Wind Turbines: Pro and Con

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By John Woodard and John Droz | Special to the County Compass

EDENTON – This community hosted a free educational event Saturday, Nov. 22, organized by local residents to explore the consequences of Industrial Wind Turbines, which have been proposed for the northeast corner of North Carolina.

The meeting included an award-winning movie (Windfall), and the co-author of this article, John Droz, served as the morning’s moderator. Droz is a retired physicist and long-time environmentalist, who contends that wind energy – as currently developed in this country – is a net economic loss to the nation as a whole.

In North Carolina, the driving force behind such projects is the 2007 law called “Senate Bill 3,” passed during Gov. Perdue’s administration when Democrats were in control of the state House and state Senate.

After the General Assembly shifted to Republican control, House Bill 298 was introduced to correct the mistakes of existing law. Last year, that bill died without being adopted, but it is certain to be bought up again in the coming Legislative session. In the meantime, advocates such as Mr. Droz have been speaking out and as more is known, the adoption of the House bill seems to have a much better chance of passage.

Presently there are wind projects proposed in Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Tyrrell and Beaufort Counties. The elected Commissioners in each county are becoming more familiar with the various elements, pro and con.

In Edenton at the Nov. 22 gathering, Chowan County citizens attending were proactive in their consideration of information presented. The meeting had a large turnout, including Commissioners from Perquimans and Tyrrell Counties. The overall sentiment of those in the audience appeared to be that communities should pass a protection-oriented wind ordinance.

Some citizens said they wanted to study the issue in detail while one questioned why some European Countries seem to be more favorable — which was disputed by others in the audience.

The movie was a real-life documentary about citizens in a rural upstate New York community who dealt with a proposed Wind Energy project. The project was initially supported by most citizens as a good thing. However, as people began to understand the implications, differences began to develop that pitted neighbor against neighbor, as well as citizens against some of their elected leaders.

After a period of a year or so of disagreement, the local officials who were supporting the wind project were all voted out of office.

In his remarks, Droz urged county residents to make their decisions based upon “the science and facts” — not the rosy projects of marketers, who have come to these counties to sell their projects. Their motivations are based on favorable wind energy treatment that their very effective lobbyists have arranged. A good example is the generous federal subsidies that (per unit of electricity) — are almost a hundred times higher than what conventional electricity sources get.

The citizens in the video were critical of the Wind Energy salespeople who seemed to prey upon poor counties where the community leaders could be easily swayed by the financial considerations in their area (“found money”) — and not take the time to study the serious adverse effects (like extensive wildlife killings, significant environmental destruction, human health concerns, real estate value loss, etc.).

Mr. Droz showed slides indicating that there is no-Net benefit to the community from these projects. For example the agricultural loss to each of these counties due to their proposed wind projects could be several million dollars per year.

At present, there are over 20 states (including NC) with laws that are friendly to these developers. However, the turbines can be as tall as 600 feet — which is 50 feet taller than the highest building in Raleigh, or roughly the same height as the Washington Monument. As people learn more about all the details, opposition appears to be growing.

The Windfall film suggested that wind turbines have serious health and financial implications — so local citizens need to understand all the details, before their elected leaders make a 20-year commitment to proceed. To research this important community matter further, please go to the WiseEnergy.org.

Once there click on “NC” at the top menu bar. It will be worth your time.