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The wind turbines I’ve seen in Texas are always far off. You see them spin, but that’s it. In the East, however, turbines and people live closer together. And In Maine, one town says that noise coming from the things “Is so insidious that you can feel it,” says one resident of Vinalhaven.
The Boston Globe reports that ratepayers endorsed the wind farm. Some people don’t seem to hear the turbines at all. The power company’s monitors don’t show anything more than the noise level of a normal conversation. Those who live near the turbines say if you stick around, you’ll hear (and feel) “a whir, there’s a whoosh, and there’s a pulse like the bass from an annoying car radio.”
• The Washington Post reports that the green movement acknowledges that it’s losing. “What was revealed by the last year or two was that the energy industry hasn’t even had to break a sweat yet in beating this stuff off. Our side did absolutely everything you’re supposed to do . . . but got nowhere,” said environmentalist author Bill McKibben.
• Hey, you people who got sick eating salmonella-laced eggs. It’s your fault!
The Des Moines Register’s Elizabeth Weise notes that the egg industry is telling people they aren’t cooking their eggs long enough, and that’s the reason for the outbreak.
“Consumers that were sickened reportedly all ate eggs that were not properly or thoroughly cooked. Eggs need to be cooked so that the whites and yolks are firm (not runny), which should kill any bacteria,” says Mitch Head, spokesperson for the United Egg Producers.
Hope everyone likes their eggs hard as rubber balls.
• Is bringing home the projects going to save Sen. Blanche Lincoln, the Democrat from Arkansas who is trailing in all the polls? Maybe not, says the Washington Post. And, remember, Lincoln is chair of the Senate Ag Committee.
• DTN’s Chris Clayton has collected press releases coming out of the hearing in Fort Collins last Friday. The Departments of Justice and Agriculture took testimony on competition in the livestock business. All the interest groups have issued their take on the day and Chris has done a good job of collecting them.
• Nothing like a little rain to make Aussies happy. Confidence in rural Australia has reached its highest level in two and a half years after rain in the east — and climbing commodity prices.