Michael Shellenberger is the founder and president of Environmental Progress and author of the national bestseller Apocalypse Never. Michael advises policymakers around the world on environmental issues, working with leaders in the U.S., Japan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and more. Michael has routinely testified before Congress on a variety of environmental issues, and his articles and research have appeared in a number of renowned academic journals and news publications.
Donna Tisdale was born and raised in Brawley, California. In 1987, Donna co-founded Backcountry Against the Dump, Inc(BAD) and has since served as its president, working to defend natural resources and rural communities from environmentally unsafe facilities and projects. Since 1992, she has also been the elected Chair of the Boulevard Community Planning Group and has held other high-ranking positions at the Protect Our Communities Foundation and the San Diego Sierra Club.
Joan Null is from northeast Indiana and is an example of small town grassroots activism. She has been fighting industrial wind projects for 10 years, mostly protecting people, but also protecting eagles and bats. Her county was one of the first to organize against wind turbines with the formation of Whitley County Concerned Citizens, but their message quickly spread to other parts of the state. The organization's rule for siting projects was simple: "If proper safety setbacks that protect citizens and wildlife cannot be adopted in a county, then wind farms don't fit in the county."
Lynn Plummer-Studebaker lives in Kosciusko County, Indiana where she is a long-time educator and former university director of grants. When it comes to the siting of industrial wind turbines in Indiana and across the world, she doesn’t say “Not in My Backyard”, she says, “Not in Anyone’s Backyard.” Lynn serves as an advisor to community groups opposing the siting of renewable energy projects detrimental to wildlife and people across Indiana. She has testified before Indiana legislature committees on wind energy siting issues and is a founding member of Indiana Wind Watch, a volunteer advocacy group uniting Hoosiers against the irresponsible siting of industrial wind turbines in Indiana.
Janna Swanson currently resides on a farm in NW Iowa. In 2013, the Rock Island wind energy power line threatened to take a wide swath across her farm. She joined with neighboring landowners from all across the state to defend her land and livelihood from eminent domain, forming the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance. After defeating the proposal,
Janna formed the Coalition for Rural Property Rights where Iowans help each other in their separate county fights against wind energy projects. The Coalition has, many times, gathered at the Iowa Capitol to speak with lawmakers.
Brad Blake is a Maine native and current President of Friends of Maine's Mountains. Brad became involved in the wind debate when he helped to organize Friends of Lincoln Lakes which was founded to oppose the 60 Mw Rollins Wind project, the first project to be approved under the "Wind Energy Law" enacted by Maine in 2007. Following this, Brad became a founding member and Chairperson of the Citizens Task Force on Wind Power, a coalition of wind opposition groups. In this role, he was a frequent spokesperson, providing testimony in opposition to every wind project and advocating for changes to the "Wind Energy Act" in the Maine Legislature.
Chris O'Neil currently resides in Maine and has served as the Policy Director at Friends of Maine’s Mountains (FMM) since its incorporation in 2009. FMM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that organizes and provides the statewide opposition to grid scale wind energy projects in Maine. FMM was incorporated in 2009 after a new law was enacted in Maine calling for 2700 megawatts of installed wind energy over five years. FMM has led a coalition of regional opposition groups, and through public education and organizing efforts, it has successfully kept Maine's installed wind capacity to just 1100 megawatts.
Janet Christensen-Lewis lives on 320 acres of organic farmland on the Chester River in Kent County, Maryland. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance, an advocacy group dedicated to protecting prime farmland and preserving historic and natural resources on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The organization succeeded in stopping a planned turbine installation proposed in Kent County. With the community’s support and the organization’s persistent pressure, the wind company was forced to turn the wind project into a solar energy facility. This victory emboldened and reignited the anti-wind movement in western Maryland.
Kevon Martis resides in Michigan and is a leading expert on utility scale wind development and land-use policy. He has helped pioneer innovative zoning regulations for wind development, and his efforts to combat unethical "trespass zoning" for wind development has been well received by local residents and policy makers across the US.
Norm Stephens is a retired teacher from the Caro, Michigan area who became an activist in 2017 after NextEra, a large clean energy company, sued his township. He has assisted at least a dozen communities develop strong wind ordinances that protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents. He has spoken in front of the Michigan House Energy Policy Committee and continues to assist and educate township officials and residents.
Bruce and Marie McNamara
Bruce and Marie McNamara work as organic farmers in southeastern Minnesota. They first became interested in the energy debate when the wind developer, Goodhue Wind, came to their county. Goodhue Wind and others hoped to site dozens of wind turbines in rural Goodhue County. The McNamaras were very concerned about the health, safety, and environmental impacts of the project. They founded the organization, Goodhue Wind Truth, and helped form a well-organized and persistent opposition effort against the wind project. The project was, ultimately, cancelled.
Kristi Rosenquist resides in rural SE Minnesota. She first became involved in the industrial wind debate in 2010 when Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens proposed an industrial wind complex in Goodhue County, Minnesota. Kristi joined a group of well-informed relentless local land owners battling not just a wealthy, politically-connected wind developer, but the legislative and regulatory capture in her state. AWA Goodhue was never built, and there are no industrial scale wind turbines in Goodhue County today. Since the defeat of Goodhue Wind, Kristi has assisted citizens fighting wind in other Minnesota locations as well as education and research for citizens in other states.
Dr. Nirtana Susan Goodman
Dr. Goodman resides in Harrisburg, Missouri and has worked as a doctor, teacher, organic farmer, and artist. Dr. Goodman is currently fighting a wind project in her community, participating in the debate as an active member of the Concerned Citizens of Boone, Howard, and Cooper Counties, MO. She often speaks out against the environmental damages of nuclear energy, fracking, and pipelines, helping to educate people on the dangers of industrial wind turbines and working to keep them away from communities and wildlife.
Tony Baker was raised in Beatrice, Nebraska and is currently serving as a legislative aide for the NE state legislature. Prior to this position, Tony served 30 years in the Army, retiring as a colonel, and spent the following 10 years as a defense contractor for the US intelligence community. He was a supporter of wind energy for many years, however after visiting a wind energy plant, he witnessed the negative impacts renewables had on communities and wildlife. He has since been involved in the renewable energy debate and is dedicated to educating the public on the risks and high expense of renewable energy.
Senator Tom Brewer
Senator Brewer is a retired US Army Colonel with over 37 years of service including 2 purple hearts. He is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe who grew up on and near the Pine Ridge Reservation. Senator Brewer was elected in 2016 to represent the 43rd District to the Nebraska Legislature. He is the first State Senator of Native American descent to serve in Nebraska’s Unicameral. Senator Brewer currently serves as Chairman of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
Tyler Rath is a student at Hastings College, dual majoring in Physics and Aerospace Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics. Tyler grew up on his family’s ranch in the Sandhills near Thedford, Nebraska, and in 2016, his family’s ranch encountered a risk of eminent domain due to a proposed high-voltage transmission line. To protect the native prairies and wildlife, Tyler co-founded Preserve the Sandhills, LLC, a grassroots 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Sandhills from industrial renewable energy and transmission line development. Preserve the Sandhills and its diverse members have successfully worked to hinder the onslaught of industrial renewable energy in the area. Tyler remains determined to continue protecting and preserving the Sandhills he grew up in, so that future generations can enjoy them as he has.
Dan Schmid is a retired Air National Guard and United Airlines pilot living in rural Nebraska. Dan became acquainted with wind turbines over five years ago when a wind company, NextEra, moved into the Bohemian Alps with a MET tower and began signing leases. He and his neighbors formed an opposition group titled the Bohemian Alps Wind Watchers, defeating the plans for the wind project. Dan is passionate about protecting communities and wildlife and believes that one group can make a profound difference in ending irresponsible energy development.
Judy Bundorf has lived in Southern Nevada since 1962 and is retired from a career in engineering company management. When the desert Southwest became “ground zero” for industrial wind and solar she actively opposed the Searchlight Wind Project proposed by Duke Energy and then-Senator Harry Reid on 18,000 acres of public lands near her vacation home. She and several others successfully sued the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt the project. She continues to work with conservation and historical preservation groups to protect the untouched areas of the Mojave Desert and small rural communities from industrial-scale solar and wind projects.
Lisa Linowes currently resides in rural New Hampshire and has been a leading figure in the wind energy debate for nearly two decades. She serves as Executive Director for the Windaction Group, a national advocacy focused on the impact and policy issues associated with industrial wind energy development. She has also held elected and volunteer positions in community planning and land negotiation.
Lori is a founder and served as the first president of New Hampshire Wind Watch (NHWW), a non-profit formed to protect New Hampshire communities from industrial wind turbines. The initial focus of NHWW was on the state’s Newfound Lake Region where three new wind projects were proposed. Under her leadership, NHWW and its members were able to stop the projects. The mission of NHWW was soon expanded statewide. Lori was instrumental in the state adopting sensible rules for the proper siting of utility scale wind turbines. She still works with the organization as an active member.
Calvin Luther Martin, PhD
Calvin Luther Martin resides in New York and is a retired Rutgers University professor of history. He is married to fellow WECC member Nina Pierpont.
Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD
Nina Pierpont is the author of “ Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Report on a Natural Experiment” (2009). She is married to fellow WECC member Calvin Luther Martin.
Julie Johnson, a resident of Champaign County, Ohio, joined the fight against irresponsible wind energy development in 2006. She continues her advocacy by testifying in the state legislature, contributing to newsletters, and working as an advisor for other community-based organizations around the state. In 2000, as a Kenyon College Trustee, Julie worked to establish the Philander Chase Conservancy and later, the Kenyon Nature Preserve. In addition, Julie serves on the Board of the Garden Club of America, and has a farm supporting the Conservation Reserve Program, which aims to improve environmental conditions on farmland through wildlife, forest, and wetlands preservation and restoration.
Jeremy Kitson is a long-time educator, activist, and rural resident of Harrison Township in Van Wert County, Ohio. He is one of the founding members of Citizens for Clear Skies, an organization that advocates for equal property rights for all landowners regardless of their choice to participate in renewable energy projects. Jeremy became involved in the wind debate when Apex Clean Energy attempted to construct a 2-phase wind project that would have blanketed 7 townships in the county, affecting Jeremy's newly built dream home on his family farm. Apex was eventually defeated by Mr. Kitson and many other residents in a grass roots effort. Jeremy has continued his activism by testifying numerous times on renewable energy issues in the Ohio General Assembly.
Dennis Schreiner is a resident of Erie County, Ohio who joined the fight for Responsible Wind in 2016. Dennis is a retired Engineering Programs Supervisor and Senior Consulting Engineer from the Davis-Besse Nuclear Plant. Dennis worked in the Nuclear field for 49 years focusing on safe, reliable power plant operation, equipment reliability reporting and improvements, as well as being the senior incident and root cause evaluator at the plant and within the nuclear industry. His focus has always been associated with environmental safety. Dennis is currently fighting the Emerson Creek Wind Project which threatens the wildlife and fragile eco-systems of the lake Erie marshes and migratory flyways.
Laura Jackson is president of Save Our Allegheny Ridges (SOAR) and has been involved in the wind energy debate since 2005. In 2006, residents in Bedford, Blair, and Somerset counties formed SOAR, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that is active across Pennsylvania. Laura and SOAR work with citizens across PA to protect their forested mountains from industrial wind projects. To date, Laura Jackson and SOAR have saved 9 forested mountains from industrial wind.
Save Our Allegheny Ridges (SOAR)
Save Our Allegheny Ridges (SOAR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that works with communities in Pennsylvania to protect forested mountains from industrial wind development. SOAR was formed in 2006 by PA residents, and to date, the organization has saved 9 forested mountains from industrial wind projects. Save Our Allegheny Ridges serves as a resource for communities grappling with the complexities of industrial wind development and promotes public education of the issue. Members of SOAR donate their time and travel expenses to work with municipal officials and residents across Pennsylvania.
Randy Nunns is a landowner in rural West Texas and is a board member with the Devils River Conservancy. Randy is also active with other conservation organizations in Texas.
Annette Smith is executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, a grassroots organization founded to stop a proposed natural gas power plant and pipeline project in 1999. VCE sued the USDA/US Forest Service over issuance of a Special Use Permit for an industrial wind project on the finest bear habitat in Vermont, next to the George D. Aiken Wilderness area.
Photo by Caleb Kenna
Jennifer Kirchhoefer is a resident of Albany County, Wyoming who joined the fight for responsible wind in 2020. Jennifer became acquainted with wind turbines only recently when a wind company, ConnectGEN, proposed to erect a 26,000 acre industrial wind project near her home. She and her neighbors formed an opposition group to try to educate the local Planning and Zoning Commission and County Commissioners of the wind industry's deceptive tactics and the health and safety dangers inflicted on residents by these projects. Jennifer has become passionate about saving the Western wildlife, character, and values of Wyoming.
Randi Kjærstad Hagerup
Randi Kjærstad Hagerup lives on a small island called Lepsøya on the northwest coast of Norway. For the past few years, she and a friend have been working with marine plastic and have collected 30 metric tons of debris just on her island. Randi soon became involved in the energy debate when a wind project was approved to be built on the neighboring island, Haramsøya. The small project of only eight turbines has destroyed nature, endangering the area's bird sanctuary and the fjords around the island. Randi and other islanders have worked tirelessly day and night with politicians and bureaucrats to find ways to stop the devastation.
UK - SCOTLAND
Ben Reade is an activist from the Isle of Mull, Scotland. In 2009, Scottish Power Renewables proposed the Tiree Array offshore wind farm consisting of 300 turbines (360 square km). The proposed location of these turbines is home to many avian and marine habitats, including the biggest bird of prey in the UK, the White Tailed Sea Eagle. Ben and other opposition groups worked to produce environmental impact reports, and the company eventually dropped the project. Ben continues to be passionate about protecting wildlife and communities from industrial wind energy and exposing the negative effects renewables have on the environment.