Military spokesman has strong ties to Apex

Posted 21 November 2016 at 1:28 pm


This is in response to Mr. Pierce’s letter who refers to a retired Col. David Belote endorsing wind turbines in close proximity to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base.

Retired Colonel Belote is a past executive for Apex Clean Energy. Furthermore, he is now employed by Cassidy and Associates, the DC lobby firm that is working to transfer the mid-air refueling mission that NFARS has, to a military installation in NJ.

It is also not a coincidence that Apex Clean Energy has this same lobby firm and uses Belote as their military “spokesman.”  The news piece quoted Belote because perhaps they are unaware of his past and present employment, thinking he represented official views of the Pentagon.

He may have strong connections in the Pentagon, but his paycheck depends on his ensuring the longevity of NJ military bases, as well as the citing of Apex wind turbines here. Would his be an “objective” opinion?

Christine Bronson