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Words Fail Me!!

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:

By Paul Homewood

h/t Paul

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-28229430

Ignoring interest and running costs, we can see it would have paid back its cost in 800 years time.

Quite apart from the astonishing initial waste of taxpayers’ money, there is also the question of how much the Welsh Government were paying for maintenance, until the manufacturer went bust.

One would assume it must have been significantly more than £5/month. It is one thing wasting money on the initial project. But once it was operational and the income and costs easily identified, why was it not shut down years ago?

It also begs the question, how many more wind turbines like this one are also as ineffective?

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Wind turbine syndrome in animals?

There is a news article out of Denmark: “Denmark: 1,600 animals were born prematurely at a mink farm this month. Many had deformities, and most were dead on arrival. The lack of eyeballs was the most common malformation. Veterinarians ruled out food and viruses as possible causes. The only thing different at the farm since last year has been the installation of four large wind turbines only 328 meters away.”

Read more here: http://www.theecoreport.com/green-blogs/technology/energy/windproblems/1600-miscarriages-at-fur-farm-near-wind-turbines/

It is quite interesting because it would now allow for an actual scientific, double-blind test.  Minks could be observed with cameras by a researcher that does not know where the minks are located.  If the minks near the wind turbines kill their young, that’s strong evidence.  Then the minks get moved around and rated again.  If those near the turbines again attack their young and miscarry at high rates, that is very strong evidence that the turbines are the cause. This is just one place and more study is necessary.

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Environmentalist cruelty to human beings

It’s bad enough when the sadists in the new media blame tornados and storms on AGW, when these have existed since the world began, and use the deaths as propaganda for their world religion of global warming, but when a small plane in South Dakota went down in a wind turbine area and one of the turbines showed damage, the rabid environmentalists were enraged that the turbine might be blamed.  Many of the headlines were not so bold, though several said “turbine kills” to which the turbine fanatics replied that these idiots in the plane deserved to die if they couldn’t see a wind turbine in fog and bad weather.  Some accused the pilot of murder.  Others stated there are maps of these things and if you can’t read a map, well, you deserve to die.  That’s the people who “CARE” so much.

Wow.  Can you imagine if every car wreck was accompanied by thousands of environmentalists chanting “Oil kills. Oil kill.”  Huge celebrations when buses crash and kill many passengers.  Okay, do not tell me this is not going to happen.  People posted on line that a pilot that hit a turbine in fog was a murderer with no evidence except the pilot was evil and turbine was good.  Once empowered with the right to celebrate a small number of deaths by fossil fuels, the rabid environmentalists will only go on to bigger targets.  Buildings burning down due to gas leaks.  I can see whole parades celebrating the largest number of people killed by a gas leak.  After all, the people using these fuels are evil and damaging the planet.  That’s the way these people think.  If you have any doubt, look up AOL or ABC links to the story.  There is absolute rage that the media would implicate the turbine in the whole picture.  Turbines are saints.

I am linking to the local news as it has the least cruel, evil comments about people deserving to die for using fossil fuels:

http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/local/crash-report-could-be-released-by-friday/article_08f579e6-91bc-5bd4-a02e-af78fd14bff3.html

The abject, inhuman cruelty of environmentalists really should be a clue as to their eventual goal.  However, just as with any such movement, the people writing the comments believe they are on the side of right.  They are clueless that this is about power and that should the movement actually grow to the point of running things, those foot soldiers are going to be vilified just as much as those whom the soldiers vilified.  The only way power obtained by cruelty and lies stays in power is with cruelty and lies.  When fossil fuels are gone, they’re going to need a new target.  So, foot soldiers, checked the back of your uniform lately????

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Using weather to provide energy

Today, Rush Limbaugh said Europe was “using weather to provide energy”.  I thought that was in interesting way of looking at wind and solar.  Bottom line, that is what wind and solar generation is doing–using weather to create energy.  We all realize how unpredictable and changeable weather is and to realize that we are staking our economic futures and the safety and warmth of our homes on weather really brings home just how bad and idea is.  Wind and solar are not renewable and never were.  However, I suppose renewable was an easier sell than “using weather to provide energy”.

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Eagle deaths and wind turbines

Finally:

House Republicans are seeking to compel the Obama administration to turn over uncensored, internal documents related to its enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where eagles and other protected birds have been killed.

The House Natural Resources Committee issued the subpoena Tuesday as part of a 10-month investigation into the enforcement policies and practices of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Justice Department, a news release said.

Read more:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/12/house-panel-subpoenas-white-house-on-wind-power-eagle-deaths/

There is no justification for allowing wind turbines to kill eagles while punishing oil companies for similar deaths (oil companies are actually punitively fined for many types of bird deaths, not just eagles).  If it’s wrong to kill eagles to benefit humans, then it’s wrong.  Find another way to produce energy–that’s what is being told to the oil companies.  The same applies to turbines–if you can’t make electricity without killing eagles, then stop.  Otherwise, all energy producers get a pass on eagle deaths.

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How to get people to leave the lights on

My power company is running ads again using “Wattssmart” as a “town” where all the kids turn the lights off when they leave a room, power down/use power strips with electronic devices (thus missing recording any programs on their DVR), and eat their veggies, do their homework, use CFL and LED lights, win awards for their energy conservation.  It’s all very heartwarming.  Except…..

If the kids in real world live this way, the revenue stream to the power company decreases.  The power company cannot afford to keep the lines maintained and read the meters.  So the power company goes to the regulating body and demands an increase in rates.  People protest so the power company asks for an increase in the monthly fees on the bill and not on the electricity.  The regulatory committee says okay and all the people who conserved now see an increase in their bills.   “All that money they would save” is not really ever going to happen.

One supposes that if you really want people to conserve, you should be honest and tell them conservation will not save them money.  Maybe you can convince them to set the thermostat at 68 degrees to save the planet from global warming while there’s six feet of snow outside.  Maybe. Probably not.  So please do not complain that people don’t conserve and don’t care and don’t believe or support energy conservation.  Energy conservation and climate change are not designed to reward people for the right behaviour.  If you believe they are, perhaps you don’t understand what “reward” means.

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Ringing in 2014

The panacea of the enviros—wind and solar—are losing their fool’s gold shine. Expensive, unreliable and damaging to the environment, the truth about wind and solar is coming out.

Renewable” is a misnomer. Wind and solar are “on their own time” energy sources, meaning we have no control over nor any reasonable way to predict the amount of energy we get. Think of it in terms of food—if your food source is wild berries, you eat only when you find berries. If you find no berries—or anything else—to eat, you go hungry. Now, the berries are “renewable”–they grow back in some quantity every year, sometimes several times a season. When the season is over, all one can do is wait for the next season, or search elsewhere. Wind and solar are not a return to simpler times such as the 1800′s. They are a return to preindustrial, pre-agricultural times when people used up all the resources in one area and then moved on—hunter/gatherer lives.

Turbines have been demonstrated to have much shorter “life spans” than the industry claims. It seems 10 to 15 years is a more realistic estimate (not the 20 the industry states) and many times, constant repair is necessary. One can find story after story of turbines losing blades, leaking hydraulic fluid, etc. Leaking hydraulic fluid does not fall under eco-friendly, yet you don’t see environmentalists objecting. The turbines continue to be labelled “earth friendly”. 

Then there’s the bird/bat issue. I want to give kudos to the American Bird Conservatory for their fight against turbines on Lake Erie. When Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring”, there was a huge outcry and DDT was banned. Millions reportedly died in Africa from malaria, but that was to “save the birds”. All for a theory that turned out to be completely false. Yet, bodies of birds fall daily from turbines and evidence is everywhere of the damage they do. It’s a fact, not a theory. Maybe it’s time for “Rotochop and Bat Bursting Spring”, the story of wind turbines and birds. Maybe graphic images of the remains of raptors under turbines and animated bats exploding might alert people to the dangers of wind power. Forget softened egg shells—wind turbines take out the egg-laying adults. So where are the Rachel Carson followers? Why no screaming over the decimation of raptor and bat populations. Could it be this was more about destroying modern life that saving birds? It certainly seems that way, doesn’t it?

With all of the downsides, it’s still a battle to get people to understand why wind and solar are a bad deal, except for those lapping up the subsidies and tax credits. Wind and solar are a very anti-environment, anti-people, and anti-economic.

There have been some encouraging developments:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily/wind-permits-allowing-eagle-deaths-face-blowback-20140123      (the Audubon Society seems to at least be taking some notice)

http://www.governorswindenergycoalition.org/?p=7638

http://www.economics21.org/commentary/green-energy-bubble-finally-bursting

http://www.thegwpf.org/renewables-fiasco-doldrums-clouds-bring-green-electricity-production-halt/

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