Renewable Revolution: Interview with Peter Sinclair

September 20, 2019

I did an interview last week on a powerful, conservative AM Talk station that covers Mid-Michigan.

The interviewer was skeptical and pushed back with some occasional snark on the idea of renewable energy, but I think I made my points.
Hope to be doing more of this outreach.

I was asked to come in after Consumer’s Energy CEO Patti Poppe made a strong impression on local leaders and media with an explanation of why a big midwestern utility is going all-in on renewable energy.

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4 Responses to “Renewable Revolution: Interview with Peter Sinclair”

  1. jimbills Says:

    Listened to it. Overall – great job. You really should do this as often as you can because it’s that segment (conservatives) that need to be reached for political change on the issue.

    Minor constructive criticisms:

    You weren’t really allowed to answer the question, as the interviewer kept throwing stuff in there, but the questions of turbine pay off time was a good one and wasn’t answered.

    Please don’t use a Southern or rural accent when talking about others. You just come off bad and it will only turn off the people you are trying to reach.

    The interviewer mentions the Volt going away. Well, yeah. They now have the Chevy Bolt. And they are improving that – in Michigan:
    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a26908758/chevrolet-ev-future-announced/

    I didn’t know you had the wind101.info site – that’s great. I know it’s extra work, but it would benefit from a WordPress or similar template. I’m not saying it needs constant content like a blog – just a ‘friendlier’ interface. It’s hard to read as it is and looks antiquated.

    Excellent answer to the GND.

    Again – all meant to help, not to denigrate. Really appreciate your efforts.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      got it. all relevant.
      He was pretty set on continuing to throw chaff,
      so I was trying to keep up.
      aware of payoff time, and chevy bolt –
      the good news is, it looks like I’ll be invited
      back and have the chance to delve deeper.

      wind101.info is somewhat meant to look homemade,
      at least in this iteration – so that’s a feature not
      a bug for now.
      I’ll be updating at some point when I have time –
      it may be that wordpress is a good choice.

      • jimbills Says:

        I noticed when he said something like, “I am used to calling them windmills and always will.” Classic conservative mindset.

        He also didn’t seem to understand how the electrical grid works. Maybe he was playing dumb to draw the answer from you for the listeners, though.

        I also liked him complaining about his phone battery dying. It would have been too snarky to say at least he didn’t have to fill it with gas every other day, but that’s what I thought.

        He, you, and the callers were all mutually respectful, though, and that was refreshing. I’m a big believer that you especially need to be that way to have any hope of reaching them. Any whiff of animosity from you and their defenses will shoot right up. I didn’t get that from you except for the accent.

        Very tough to maintain that fine line, and good job.

        Yeah, I think I see about the website. You might not want it to appear too slick and draw suspicions that you’re funded by George Soros or something whackadoo like that. Still, the average person coming to it would have a tough time having the patience to navigate it and would possibly tie the homemade aspect with actual wind tech – sort of amateurish. Tough to win either way, I suppose, though.

  2. mboli Says:

    Very cool! Thank you.
    I was hoping you might mention that sometimes the price of electricity goes negative at night. It is pretty weird to think about that.
    You are really experienced at finding the right thing to say. That persistent question of how are people benefiting from the wind farms was odd, the n-th time he asked it. After electrons didn’t make him happy, you brought up economic benefits.
    It is a difficult skill, the natural inclination is to repeat the point you just made, instead of stepping back, noticing the conversation is looping, and planning a different direction.
    It is really nice when people of different political stripes can sit together and converse like that, without flogging their politics.


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