Wind energy from Galloo Island would be a threat to Fort Drum's security.

We will fight back and you will be kept safe as long as the wind is blowing.

Now, that is scary thought. Imagine a United States Military base depending on power generated 37 miles away on a vulnerable island in the middle of a lake. Power which is only 20% efficient and available only when the wind is blowing. Holy Crap!

Thank God that Upstate New York Power is in the business of taxpayer subsidy mining and not in the business of providing national security. What the hay is Upstate thinking with their newest scheme in trying to get Fort Drum, NY to purchase their very expensive and unreliable designer wind power so they can bleed the nation's taxpayers.

Now, I am not the only one concerned about what could turn out to be a laughable, unavoidable security issue for our cherished Fort Drum. If our military falls for such a scheme, we are in deep trouble. 

Today, in the Watertown Daily Times,  City Editor Perry White on his blog, Outside Looking In comments on Upstate New York Power's recent act of desperation in their attempt to find a buyer for wind energy produced on Galloo Island.

Perry White
WDT City Editor
(Times Photo)
Perry White said:

Any businessman will tell you that if you can only sell 20 percent of what you’re producing, you’re in a dire situation.

Then, after telling us about an alternate plan of providing Fort Drum with an easy to protect on base power plan burning biofuels, Perry White went on to say:

Upstate Power, meanwhile, can offer Fort Drum power whenever the wind is blowing enough to produce it. Let’s say there is a military or terrorist attack that knocks out power, but Fort Drum needs to have power to respond to the attack. Who they gonna call — the company on their post that they can protect indefinitely and whose power can be generated from products on post, or the company that could provide power as long as the wind is blowing at a sufficient rate (and nobody bombs Galloo Island)? Who would you want them to call? Here’s a tip: Rep. William L. Owens, a member of the Armed Forces Committee, wants them to call ReEnergy.

And, Mr. White has much, much more to say about the folly of the military becoming involved with the grid bottleneck and power provided by Upstate. 


  1. Anonymous4/17/2012

    You know Perry White the military is always known for wasting money or over paying for an item. What is the difference. They throw money to the wind everyday at Fort Drum. What would they save if they close Fort Drum for good, how many millions. Sure it would hurt the economy, in the long run, but in peoples wallets millions makes a bid difference. Maybe we could put into education or help students pay for college.

  2. Anonymous4/17/2012

    islandc Now that's a good idea, help someone get an education that can't afford it.

  3. Anonymous4/17/2012

    Take a good look at your town, Cape Vincent.

    Now tell me that getting a good education is not important.

    Towns like yours are an easy mark for developers like Bp who hold seminars on how to take advantage of an uneducated group.

    psssst...sign here....and don't tell anybody...can't write?...just an X will do.....

  4. Anonymous4/17/2012

    With the wind speeds on galloo and newer technology, it will be far better than 20%. 20% is so 2003.

  5. Anonymous4/17/2012

    The Water town times news. Who can believe them when you have no competition and their word is gospel to the readers. How many pages to a times newspaper 30-40 pages and most of it is junk.

  6. Anonymous4/17/2012


    Now, there is proof of lack of education in Cape Vincent.

    You are shooting the wrong messenger, 9:52. You should be shooting the people from Upstate not Perry White. Upstate has no interest in you there than to con you and take your welfare.

    Perry White as well as this blog has an interest in the community.

  7. Anonymous4/17/2012


    Actually, that is not true.

    During the calmer weather the inland mass produces more temperature differentials which create lake and land breezes that do not even occur over on Galloo. That is why shoreline will give you more consistent winds.

    A meteorological fact of life, 9:44 born out by measurement.

  8. Anonymous4/17/2012

    Ooooh!!! 25%, or maybe even 26%

    But wait, is technology going to help you make the wind blow when you need it to?

    Maybe you can technologize your way into only using power when you need it?

  9. Anonymous4/17/2012

    There is no way you will reverse the landslide of bad luck for the wind scammers. Just count your blessings that your town may have had the narrow escape. We wish we had been so lucky.

  10. Anonymous4/17/2012

    I am simply happy that the WDT has chosen to voice some important points regarding all this.

  11. Anonymous4/17/2012

    What we have here is a failure to look at the big picture:

    Paying 5 times more for non-green GREEN energy that is unreliable doesn't make sense.

    We are letting the Drum Bean Counters look at the little picture and give the keep alive money to Industrial Wind without our consent.

    Oh what tangled webs we weave when Big Wind sets out to deceive.

    Collective Stupidity doesn't have to be.

  12. Anonymous4/17/2012

    When Assy. Cahill visited JCC he pointed out to us that industrial wind towns and their decisions had become corrupted. That is the only way they could get local siting. I am sure Mr. White is also aware of this but does not want to further embarrass Cape and Hammond.

  13. Anonymous4/17/2012


    Yes, it's true the lakeside produces thermally driven wind during the day (which you would also get on Galloo). At night, you have a completely different story.

    However, wind speeds would certainly be higher and more consistant on a waterlogged island due to the lack of trees and other obstructions. Galloo island has very high wind speeds due to that fact alone. Please feel free to share meteorological data that can back up your statement.

    Here is a link showing the higher wind speeds offshore and on Galloo.


  14. Anonymous4/17/2012

    What a security blunder.

    Front page news....oh Fort Drum? It gets its power from those turbines in the Lake.

    Military Guy: It doesn't matter to the Drum, we can get along without that power, anyway.

    Then why waste money doing it....get real Upstate Power.

  15. Anonymous4/17/2012

    If people paid attention to the facts they would know that the purchase of Galloo power would cost the taxpayers about 7 times more than power from other sources. This whole scam is a result of an election year ploy to convince voters that the President is looking out for their best health. You people are nuts not to fight the purchase of Galloo wind power.

  16. Anonymous4/17/2012

    Maybe they should fix the Roads and Bridges instead with that money.What a waste and a SCAM.This president must go!What a Joke.Vote Romney.Anyone would be better!

  17. Anonymous4/18/2012

    They are all crooks, same ideas but different parties.

  18. Anonymous4/18/2012

    And it is now so close to home. The Cape Dem party leaders are despicable. We wanted to be proud of Aubertine. But, Darell tried to sell our town out to big wind for his profit, encouraged our town board to be unethical, tried to employee his sister, lied about his wind leases and hid his income and now he is suspected of selling water supplied by public funds water to his neighbors.

    Please clean the Cape Democratic house up and give us a Democratic primary.

    Give Cape Vincent a fair choice!

  19. Anonymous4/18/2012

    Thanks, I saw Darell as person who couldn't be beat, but you guys solved that problem in the last election. Darell Aubertine is finished as a wannabe politician. The governor saved his bacon and gave him that commission, a payed political job. Now it's up to you to make the governor a one term governor. He's as corrupt as the president looking for those green jobs to fill.

  20. Anonymous4/18/2012


    The disgusting behavior of the Cape-Three Mile Bay Voters for wind and their joint endorsement along with the Cape Democratic party had a lot to do with Mr. Aubertine's loss. He holds wind leases and lied about it to his friends and supporters.

    My Democrats beat themselves locally on this one.

    Any honest Democrat was forced out of consideration by party bosses. Mr. A was part of this at the caucus.

  21. Anonymous4/18/2012

    We are close to our full time move there. I know H. Wiley, King and others have made it known they don't want us much. How do I know which local insurance people support their position? What other businesses should I avoid.

  22. Anonymous4/18/2012

    Ask around. And careful there are a couple which support them.

  23. Anonymous4/18/2012

    Wind turbines are coming.
    Wind turbines are coming.

    Paul R.

  24. Anonymous4/18/2012

    Wind turbines are coming.
    Wind turbines are coming.

    Paul R.

  25. Anonymous4/18/2012

    Right 10:02 White's only interest is to sell newspapers in the North country.and have everyone believe that his story is gospel. Welfare, there's plenty of people who are on welfare that are stealing from from the public like kids that drop out of school and have babies after babies. If the military wants to buy electricity from the Galloo Island so be it. The military is always wasting money buying military junk for the different branches. They're going to do it regardless what you say or do and you can't do anything about that. No election is ever going to change that either That shoots your theory about welfare being taking from you citizens of the Cape. If your houses don't sell blame the military for your problems not the garbage printed on this wasted blog. It's funny those who love to voice their opinions on this blog will never know who wrote what, thanks to the anonymous identity. I may be your neighbor living down the road from you. Make sure that you cross all your T's and dot all your I's because someday if you don't there's where a good judge will tear your plans apart giving your opponents a victory, like Judge Gilbert will do in his court room. The only thing I'll you correct for is getting D. Albertine beaten in the last election. A number of us had tried in earlier elections and you did it for us. That is great. What are you going to do when a company wants to drill for natural gas in the Cape someday and foul up your drinking water. Would you care because that's worst then towers I think. Let towers or poison drinking water. It's twice as hard to sell a home with bad water to drink. How come nobody is upset with schools that have turbines to generate electricity for their schools? So many diplomas in this world. What about that smoking band in the Cape, what ever happened to that, that the town board was going to take up. Probably took to much heat about it so they backed off.

  26. Anonymous4/19/2012


    How about you do a little linear thinking and organize your thoughts into something coherent.

  27. Anonymous4/19/2012

    Enough of the smoking ban. You are just not up to date. The decision on that resolution was announced at a town meeting. Our new board is subject to discussion and change. The smoking policy was brought to them by an outside agency and they thought better after listening to public opinion.

    Now let's discuss Marty and Don's illegal and unconstitutional not to mention very ignorant voter law. Marty and Don voted no to rescind that law. Pure ignorance and a violation of the public trust after even the NYS Atty General immediately ruled it illegal and unconstitutional. If it had been left up to them the town would have faced a multi-million dollar suit that they would have lost. That is why Don and Marty have no business being involved in public trust. At least Mickey recognized that he had violated his oath to the NY and US constitution and rescinded his action.

    Right after they passed that law Harold Wiley commented that it was probably illegal. He did not care. He was just helping them in an attempt to show prejudice against certain voters and harass them.

  28. Anonymous4/22/2012

    Hey 10:30 There was a lot of democrats That were write in candidates that were elected last election, I was one of them. Be careful what you say.