Articles Tagged "Windfarms"
Saturday, August 8th 2009, 3:55 PM EDT
The first thing I’d like you to do is to view the slideshow. Look at the pictures. Really look at them.
This is the ugly, dirty secret of the powerful prop-turbine wind industry. It’s the sorry story that you won’t see on the ‘feel-good’ TV commercials or read about in industry-sponsored ads and skewed ‘research’ papers.
The employees at wind farms have been instructed to not talk about the staggering numbers of dismembered bodies accumulating at the bases of these turbines.
There is big money invested here, and big profits. When people have large investments they do what they need to in order to justify and protect that investment.
Even if it’s wrong.
Source Link: examiner.com
Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 5:29 PM EDT
The significance of yesterday’s shock announce-ment by our Energy Minister John Hayes that the Government plans to put a firm limit on the building of any more onshore windfarms is hard to exaggerate.
On the face of it, this promises to be the beginning of an end to one of the greatest and most dangerous political delusions of our time.
For years now, the plan to cover hundreds of square miles of the British countryside with ever more wind turbines has been the centrepiece of Britain’s energy policy — and one supported by all three major political parties.
Back in 2008, when Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced his wish to see the country spend £100 billion on windfarms, the only response from the Tory leader David Cameron was to say that he should have done it sooner.
It was the only way, they all agreed, Britain could meet our commitment to the EU that, by 2020, we must produce nearly a third of our electricity from ‘renewables’ — with the largest part provided by tens of thousands more wind turbines.
Yet now, out of the blue, has come this announcement by the Coalition Energy Minister that from now on there is to be a moratorium on building onshore turbines other than those for which consent has already been given.
Saturday, December 1st 2012, 3:01 AM EST
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David, Lisa, and Harley discussed the windswept world of wind development including what’s happening in Vermont, New Hampshire, the NAFTA entaglement in Ontario and the Australian Senate Inquiry.
We will also turn our attention to Scotland and hear from Inverness Councilor Jim Crawford who is reviving the Countryside Party to fight industrial wind. As reported in the Press and Journal: - (login)
The independent politician – who is a founder member of the organisation and a longstanding opponent of turbines – also accused First Minister Alex Salmond of “grandstanding” over the green energy issue.
He said the SNP leader was on a mission “to be regarded as some sort of world leader”.
Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 7:03 PM EST
WWF and Greenpeace ought to hang their heads in shame
John McCarthy once said, “He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense”. Or become politicized tin-shakers pushing absurd “independent economic analysis” it seems
There are some charities to which I would not give a ‘wooden nickel’, and I am a passionate charity giver. Top of the pile: Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). If they stuck to the task they were originally set up for things would be different. But they haven’t. Both are today highly politicized groups – as Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore confirms – spending large chunks of donations campaigning on issues about which their sum knowledge could fill the back of a postage stamp. Climate science and associated issues, for instance.
The dynamic duo charity campaigners have just published a new report, A study into the economics of gas and offshore wind, conducted for them by the consultancy Cambridge Econometrics for New Economic Thinking.
Saturday, November 3rd 2012, 6:41 PM EDT
On two of the most important issues of our time, a stifling consensus is beginning to break up
"Enough is enough”: blazoned over the front pages of two national newspapers, that was the verdict on wind farms from energy minister John Hayes last week. But it could just have well been spoken about Britain and the EU, by any of those 53 Tory MPs who inflicted a humiliation on David Cameron over his wish to accept a limited increase in the Brussels budget.
Both episodes caused a furore, but what was significant was that each marked the cracking apart of a suffocating all-party consensus which has imprisoned our politics for far too long. Even a year ago, it would have been unthinkable that so many Tory rebels would be willing to defeat the Government over the EU – or that a minister would question the plans to cover our countryside with wind farms. For years our politics has been frozen in a claustrophobic unanimity, whereby all parties agreed that we must not question our loyalty to the EU – or the need to “fight climate change” by suicidally distorting our energy policy in favour of those absurd windmills. But on each issue, those who spoke out last week were aware that their actions were viewed with sympathy even in the highest reaches of government.
Mr Cameron may secretly be pleased that this rebellion will help him strike a Thatcher-like pose, “defending Britain’s interests” against demands for a further huge increase in the spending of the Brussels Monster – as his EU colleagues head for a new treaty which will more than ever marginalise the British as second-class “European citizens”.
Monday, July 2nd 2012, 11:06 AM EDT
I am writing in response to the recent article (EM 30 June 2012) on Cllr Janette Jenkinson’s call for special training for councillors in order that they may deal more effectively with the huge increase in wind turbine applications.
My advice to councillors would be “oppose oppose oppose”. Wind turbines are a politically driven “quick-fix” for which is there is scant evidence to support their alleged green credentials. Wind energy is unreliable, inefficient and unstorable. Furthermore it is uneconomic without subsidy. Even single installations for farmers qualify for payments from the 15% renewables premium included in everybody’s bills and the maths is simple. For every 5p of electricity they generate they get roughly 10p back in subsidy. They are damaging to the greater environment, the habitats of wildlife, tourism and the health and safety of residents.
In Scotland, wind turbines may not be sited within 500m of residents. In England there is no such separation requirement. In theory it could be at the foot of your garden. The government have indicated that subsidies for wind farms may be phased out and, in a move which clearly signals that they have been found out, wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has dropped plans to build a factory in Scotland.
Source Link: ukipnw.co.uk
Saturday, July 17th 2010, 4:53 PM EDT
Discussing windmills vs fossil fuels recently, I commented that the more powerful an energy source the more elemental it is. Mechanical is weaker than chemical, and chemical weaker than atomic -- making fossil fuels the smarter bet. Here's an essay I found on Global Warming Skeptics today which expands on this point extremely well. AS.
Ed. note: A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hearing William Tucker speak at a conference in Washington, DC. His explanation of E = mc2 was the best I had ever heard. Even better, Tucker explained how Einstein's equation applied to renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro. His lecture was a revelation. It showed that the limits of renewable energy have nothing to do with politics or research dollars, but rather with simple mathematics. During a later exchange of emails with Tucker, I praised his lecture and suggested he write an article that explained E = mc2 and its corollary, E = mv2.
To my delight, he informed me that he'd already written such an essay and he agreed that we could publish it in Energy Tribune.
I love this essay. And I'm proud that Tucker has allowed us to run it.
Prof. Albert Einstein delivers the 11th Josiah Willard Gibbs lecture at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the auditorium of the Carnegie Institue of Technology Little Theater at Pittsburgh, Pa., on Dec. 28, 1934. Photo by AP
When I was in college, I took a course in the great political philosophers. We studied them in order – Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx.
Saturday, September 22nd 2012, 7:47 PM EDT
Germany has gone further down the 'renewables' path than any country in the world, and now it's paying the price.
On Friday, September 14, just before 10am, Britain’s 3,500 wind turbines broke all records by briefly supplying just over four gigawatts (GW) of electricity to the national grid. Three hours later, in Germany, that country’s 23,000 wind turbines and millions of solar panels similarly achieved an unprecedented output of 31GW. But the responses to these events in the two countries could not have been in starker contrast.
In Britain, the wind industry proclaimed a triumph. Maria McCaffery, the CEO of RenewableUK, crowed that “this record high shows that wind energy is providing a reliable, secure supply of electricity to an ever-growing number of British homes and businesses” and that “this bountiful free resource will help drive down energy bills”. But in Germany, the news was greeted with dismay, for reasons which merit serious attention here in Britain.
Germany is way ahead of us on the very path our politicians want us to follow – and the problems it has encountered as a result are big news there. In fact, Germany is being horribly caught out by precisely the same delusion about renewable energy that our own politicians have fallen for. Like all enthusiasts for “free, clean, renewable electricity”, they overlook the fatal implications of the fact that wind speeds and sunlight constantly vary. They are taken in by the wind industry’s trick of vastly exaggerating the usefulness of wind farms by talking in terms of their “capacity”, hiding the fact that their actual output will waver between 100 per cent of capacity and zero. In Britain it averages around 25 per cent; in Germany it is lower, just 17 per cent.
Sunday, March 4th 2012, 12:45 PM EST
Here is my Spectator cover story on wind power:
To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero. Despite the regressive subsidy (pushing pensioners into fuel poverty while improving the wine cellars of grand estates), despite tearing rural communities apart, killing jobs, despoiling views, erecting pylons, felling forests, killing bats and eagles, causing industrial accidents, clogging motorways, polluting lakes in Inner Mongolia with the toxic and radioactive tailings from refining neodymium, a ton of which is in the average turbine — despite all this, the total energy generated each day by wind has yet to reach half a per cent worldwide.
If wind power was going to work, it would have done so by now. The people of Britain see this quite clearly, though politicians are often wilfully deaf. The good news though is that if you look closely, you can see David Cameron’s government coming to its senses about the whole fiasco. The biggest investors in offshore wind — Mitsubishi, Gamesa and Siemens — are starting to worry that the government’s heart is not in wind energy any more. Vestas, which has plans for a factory in Kent, wants reassurance from the Prime Minister that there is the political will to put up turbines before it builds its factory.
This forces a decision from Cameron — will he reassure the turbine magnates that he plans to keep subsidising wind energy, or will he retreat? The political wind has certainly changed direction. George Osborne is dead set against wind farms, because it has become all too clear to him how much they cost. The Chancellor’s team quietly encouraged MPs to sign a letter to No. 10 a few weeks ago saying that ‘in these financially straitened times, we think it is unwise to make consumers pay, through taxpayer subsidy, for inefficient and intermittent energy production that typifies onshore wind turbines’.
Thursday, January 5th 2012, 10:54 AM EST
RIDGETOWN - Southwestern Ontario's flourishing wind energy industry came under fire Wednesday from the co-founder of Greenpeace.
Dr. Patrick Moore told more than 1,000 area farmers the industry destroys more jobs than it creates, and causes energy prices to climb for all users.
“The industry is a destroyer of wealth and negative to the economy,'' said Moore, speaking at the 19th annual Southwest Agricultural Conference at Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph.
Moore, who now refers to himself as the “sensible environmentalist,'' said the solar bubble has burst and thinks the wind bubble is about to burst.
“I'm happy for the farmers who are receiving royalties for allowing the wind towers to be built on their farms,'' he said. “They deserve it — but the cost to consumers will continue to climb — partly because of rate increases and partly due to tax increases.''
Moore said there wouldn't be wind farms in southwestern Ontario if taxpayers weren't paying the bill.