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Minnesota Madness. Offshore Wind in VT? CA Land Giveaway!

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Minnesota - Vermont - California

Conflict in Minnesota
 Accusations of eagle baiting and harrassment have been thrown around and ended up in court and the news.  We will be speaking with Mary Hartman and Kristi Rosenquist about the latest with the AWA Goodhue wind project.
Just this week, Westwood, the “wildlife biologists” hired to study the bat and bird populations for the Goodhue project celebrated their 9th year of attendance at the huge, national WindPower convention.  According to their website you could visit them at booth #7225 and “have a drink!”
Landowners are pulling out of leases, towns are refusing road permits, T. Boone Pickens is moaning about “losing his A$$” on national TV, and little old ladies are being sued by the developers because they won’t submit to the wind developer’s wants.  
A tongue-in-cheek proposal for a wind “park” in the waters of Vermont’s Lake Champlain has provoked a flurry of media attention and discussion.
We will get the latest on the responses to Champlain Wind from it’s creator, Annette Smith.
In Southern California, the fast-tracked give away of public lands for the Ocotillo Express wind development has attracted at least three lawsuits.
 The Ocotillo project is destroying habitat and bulldozing significant native American cultural sites.  A 5-day vigil was held by tribe members. We will speak with our contributor, Miriam Raftery, the editor of East County Magazine about the latest efforts to stop this senseless destruction.