WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Tractors Roll Into Annapolis To Protest Wind Farm Bill

Play associated audio
(Matt Bush/WAMU)

The Maryland statehouse in Annapolis was paid a visit by two tractors this morning. They had rolled in to protest a bill that a Senate committee looked over today.

Decorated with paper windmills spinning in the breeze, the tractors had signs asking the Senate to stop a bill that would stall a wind farm project in Somerset County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Supporters of that measure say testing is needed to see if the windmills would affect radar at the Patuxtent River Naval Air Station on the opposite side of the Chesapeake Bay from Somerset County.

But Eddie Johnston, the president of the Somerset County Farm Bureau, says those concerns have already been addressed. He believes lawmakers from St. Mary's County, where the base is located, are trying to stop jobs from coming to his county.

"Yesterday Standard-Register closed in Salisbury. That's 76 jobs we're losing. So, we need the jobs. Somerset County is very underdeveloped and we need the jobs."

The bill has already passed the House and was heard in the Senate Finance Committee today.


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
WAMU 88.5

World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.