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The Magic of Wind

The Magic of Wind

1. Always refer to wind energy as “energy from weather”. It makes clear exactly how unreliable and useless it is.

2. Always call them “wind plants”. They are NOT farms. Wind turbines do not grow from seeds. Sixty 400 foot screaming metal towers are NOT a farm. They are an industrial site. In Wyoming , the industrial siting commission approves their location. INDUSTRIAL.

3. Always refer to them as 19th century energy production methods. This is the 21st century and wind is trying to convince people what was rejected in favor of REAL energy in the early 1900’s is somehow now magically useful.

4. The word “magical” is appropriate to most of wind energy. The electricity magically gets made for free after spending billions to “catch weather” for free fuel. The turbines “magically” work flawlessly for 20 years, thus being 100% free after installation. The companies “magically” pay all their property taxes on time and without protest. Everyone living near them “magically” thrives in a utopia. This is the magic of false advertising and propaganda. People are often money-hungry and quite foolish and begin to think magic really does exist, blinding themselves to the realities of wind waste.

5. Always refer to wind developers as “corporate welfare recipients”. After all, it’s the proper term for those who lap up subsidies and tax credits while producing virtually nothing in return.

6. Carry a list with you to wind meetings for addressing the claim that oil and gas get more “subsidies” and tax credits than the wind industry does. The “clever” use of such numbers is a favorite of wind. Immediately point out how little wind produces, how expensive installation and maintenance are, what a HUGE percentage of energy in the US is from coal and gas (gas backup plants for wind add to this) and what percentage-wise the actual tax credits are. Using raw figures without regard to other factors is dishonest.

7. Always correct “enough to power 100,000 homes” to “enough to power 100,000 homes when the weather is right”.

8. Acceptable battery backup that again, magically solves all our problems, will be here “next year” or “the next year” after that. As I saw in a comment section on the internet, this is similar to the sign “Free beer tomorrow” seen in a bar.

9. Post videos on YouTube, etc, showing what it is really like near wind turbines. Add as many videos of dead raptors, empty houses, etc, as possible.

10. Carry examples of high-profile NIMBY actions by the rich and famous, etc. Also, point out that anyone foolish enough not to defend their own backyard probably deserves to lose it. Obviously, politicians and corporations care nothing about your back yard. Someone has to. (It is worth noting if you do live near a power plant or are willing to, as long as it’s not wind turbines. You must be consistent. If you want power, it has to come from somewhere. I will not live next to turbines, but don’t object to other plants, based on the actual usefulness of the facility. I am willing to lose 100% of the electricity from wind produced in my state, through energy conservation or paying to build a REAL power plant. I would even go off-grid if necessary to get rid of wind plants.)

11. Point out that if we reject the “ruins the view argument” for wind, it must be rejected for ALL projects that are considered. This will not please environmentalists who oppose many projects based on ruining the view or the recreational opportunities in an area. One can argue that wind is “necessary”, but if drilled down, the argument usually reduces itself to ad hominem attacks by wind. Be sure to point this out. Your caring, environmentally nice person will likely end up berating and name-calling because he cannot have his way.

12. Wind turbine blades are chemical composites. When they burn, and they do, the smoke is thick, black and noxious. The height of the turbines means there is no way to put out the fire, so the residents get hours of smoke and falling ash.

13. Use “not-so-common-sense”. Living near a 400 ft tall spinning blade (spinning at over 100 mph at the tip) can in no way be considered a wise decision. Would you live 1000 feet from a military helicopter facility with helicopters flying at 400 feet for hours at a time? Consider vibration, low-frequency sound, etc BEFORE you get dollar signs in your eyes. Turbines are about MONEY, not energy nor saving the planet. Think.

14. Approval of a wind project should be contingent on a high-level employee of the firm installing the turbines living as close to the facility as is allowed. No company should be able to just throw in turbines and never feel the affect. All legislators should spend a minimum of a week, during windy weather, staying at the home nearest the turbines (Actually, staying in a tent is the best way to experience the ambiance. I recommend it.)

15. Most important, remember that wind is a boom industry financed by governmental handouts in this case. Just like oil, gas, gold and every other boom that ever occurred, there is virtually no concern for the environment, the people in the area and the future of the equipment and pillaging of the land. In 50 to 100 years, the government will be paying millions, if not billions, to clean up abandoned wind sites just like they do now for “evil” oil and mining operations. There is nothing nobel about wind. Nothing.

 

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Wind Myths

This is a letter I sent to my local paper.

Wind myths
 
“We should use all forms of energy.” Burning buffalo chips is a form of energy—a renewable one at that. Can we look forward to a new line of buffalo chip stoves?
Wyoming is claimed to not like regulations, but this is blatantly false. The newspaper and media are all for regulations that get them what they want. The RPS is one example. Wyoming loves this rule because a billionaire from Colorado will despoil the Wyoming landscape with a thousand eagle killing turbines because of regulations in California and federal land usage rules. I have heard no objection to California’s regulations because they get Wyoming what it wants—a couple of bucks out of billion dollar project and virtue signaling, along with dead eagles, loss of open space and destroyed vistas to please people that don’t live in this state.
 
Wind claims it is cost effective, yet continues to demand tax breaks and Renewable Portfolio Standards. The bill currently introduced in Wyoming to require the use of oil and gas is virtually the same thing as an RPS except for requiring the use of things other than solar and wind. Seems fair, does it not? If a state can force the use of renewables, why not fossil fuels?
 
In reality, wind is nothing more than “energy trapping”. It’s a throwback to the 19th century. Sure, it’s dressed up in pure white towers and marketed intensely by the companies that profit from it and those who buy the “free energy angle” (That free energy is a popular e-mail scam topic is worth noting.) The only thing wind does is kill eagles, raise prices, damage numerous ecosystems and help keep people in the dark. There’s nothing to recommend it unless you love paying more for power, believe 400 ft towers on the prairie are “agricultural”, and/or are very poor at math and science. If so, there’s this bridge for sale……
 

 

Turbines and pumpjack

At least one useful activity is going on here.

(Picture was not included with letter to editor.)

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No support for wind

In Wyoming, Senate File 71 is calling for Wyoming to purchase power from only one of six sources—and wind and solar are not on the list except for individual usage.

By 2018, 95% of energy must come from approved sources, 100% by 2019. If they did not, a $10/megawatt hour penalty would be applied.

Sponsors are:
Senators: Larry Hicks, Ogden Driskill

Representatives:
Tyler Lindholm, Scott Clem, Mark Baker, Jim Blackburn, Roy Edwards, and David Miller

The article is not really clear on who the sponsors are. It states six, then lists two senators and five representatives. Contacting any one to express support would be great.

This morning on a local radio station, the DJ’s were discussing “why not use all our energy resources”? This shows a profound lack of understanding of energy. Both a supernova and a solar flare have energy, as does running water, a battery (chemical reaction) and flowing water. Yet to argue that these forms of energy are “just energy” is foolish. A turbine in a gas power plant is not equal to a battery-powered turbine. Burning coal is not equal to nuclear fission. All energy is NOT equal. Only the very unscientific make comments like that.

In addition, people cannot be talked into buying a $100,000 car that runs only when the wind blows and only runs at a speed proportional to the wind (even if we give them a bicycle for backup). Yet they are in favor of BILLIONS of dollars for bird-killing, subsidy-sucking turbines. A clear case of double-think, or just “wanting to believe”.

Our local paper decried the bill as anti-Wyoming because Wyoming doesn’t like regulations. Seriously? Another clueless group opens their mouths. The ONLY reason wind exists is government regulations (state and federal) and government handouts. Wyoming LOVES handouts, it seems (no matter how much they deny it). The money goes to power companies and billionaires, but Wyoming is happy to destroy whatever it takes—ranches, scenery, people lives—to get a dime from a billionaire. It’s sad and pathetic. I am often embarrassed by the people in the state where I live—they don’t care about science, corporate cronyism or ethics as long as they are paid any pittance to look the other way.

(Link—- http://trib.com/business/energy/bill-would-penalize-utilities-for-wind-generated-electricity-for-wyoming/article_fa25328e-aa4b-561f-9955-0995b9118e23.html)

 

Other notes:
The monument to greed, Chokecherry-Sierra Madre Wind Ripoff, has received permission to slaughter eagles. It seems eagles are worthless fluff if they get in the way of billionaires. I suppose your grandchildren will understand that the really rich guy who wanted more government handouts at any cost killed the eagles so he could increase his wealth. Greed is as good an explanation for why people care only about themselves.  Children will understand that the government aided and abetted the killing because it was in the government’s interest. Just put up a photo of an eagle and caption it “Died to make the rich richer”. Your grandkids will certainly understand. Besides, who really needs eagles? We can get a new symbol of the country.  Another new one when someone need the previous ones dead to make a profit without contributing to anyone but themselves.  Maybe we should just switch to a pile of dollars with the gift tag “from the government” and be done with it.

On the other hand, if eagles are disposable, maybe we can get California to stop saving the smelt and start saving people, if there’s enough graft and corruption in the proposal.  It could work…….

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Eagle graveyard

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Wind plants

Photos of wind plants in Wyoming

Glenrock—three or four different groups

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View from 9 miles away—photo was cropped to show turbines

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Finally, something useful near a turbine

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Wide angle view (they go on for miles)

Medicine Bow turbines:

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Evanston:

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Casper area:

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View without surrounding residential areas

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Entrance gate

 

Casper Wind with deliberate photo angle

Using a photographic angle to my advantage

A couple of photos of installations, etc

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How to make turbines look sweet and pretty:

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Glenrock area

How to make them look sad and depressing:

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Shirley Basin/Medicine Bow area

 

 

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Problems solved

In an exchange with a wind worshipper, I realized the wind industry has a perfect answer to urban sprawl and other such “environmentally sensitive” dilemmas. Wind worshippers say turbines are “beautiful” and environmentally friendly and don’t have impacts on the environment that are negative.
So….

Next time urban sprawl comes up, point out that as long as the homes are spaced as far apart as turbines and have no more than a 300 foot radius around the house designated as part of the home site, their impact is nil. Roads would be dirt, of course and only between the houses. With that type of a development, you have no industrialization or negative impacts. None. Can’t even call it anything but rural, you know, like a “housing farm”.

Oil derricks spaced as far apart as wind turbines are also doing no environmental harm by being there. They have no more of a footprint than the turbines. They have no more visual impact, either. The derricks just blend right in like the turbines do.

One could run in any type of activity that was spaced as far apart as turbines, no more than 400 feet in height, and have no impact. There is still open spaces and wildlife is unaffected. After all, if a 400 foot spinning tower that creates ground vibrations, shadow flicker and changes the wind intensity in the area has no such negative effects, anything that is similar is OK.

Killing eagles and other raptors and birds can be ignored “for the good of the public” where housing is needed, etc. You know, the “greater good”.

As for beautiful, there was a time oil derricks were considered beautiful, especially when one thought of the money to be made. The same is now true of wind turbines—lots of money coming in so they look great. Complaints that oil and coal and gold, etc, industries left behind a mess should not be introduced by the wind worshippers since, trust me, your grandkids will be wondering how to deal with that mass of steel and concrete willed to them by the same greed all other environment messes were left behind by. There are literally thousands of turbines, with steel to recycle, blades that are made of a chemical composite, hydraulic fluid and massive chunks of concrete left in the ground. I’m sure future generations will thank the wind worshippers.

Beware of the photos pedaled by the wind worshippers. They are masters at photographic manipulation. One typical example is a coal plant at dusk or dawn to make the white steam plums look dark and ominous. Turbines are photographed peeking out from behind a hill with deer in the front of the photo. I had a person complain I made wind plants “look bad” because I photographed exactly what they look like, not neatly cropped with a fuzzy animal in the photo. I guess reality was not to introduced to the issue.

My next post will have turbine photos.

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Shame on Wyoming

I am officially ashamed of my state and the lie that Microsoft is perpetrating on the subject of wind energy. They fully admit they MUST backup their wind power and are going with the grid instead of diesel generators. This means they are running on the same power everyone else is—exactly what everyone else is. All they have done is pay for the wind energy. They are NOT saving the planet, they are killing bats and eagles and endorsing an energy form that is very, very environmentally damaging. They are apparently PROUD to kill the eagles and bats. They care not a whit about the damage they do as long as they can look “green”. Green means making tons of money any way they can. This is no different than an oil company that makes it’s living drilling for oil. It’s about MONEY. Only about money. I am very tired of the lies and dishonesty of these people. To pretend you can run a cloud center on 19th century power technology is ridiculous. It ranks up there with saying unicorns power your business.  Yet for some reason, fools keep backing this. Maybe Microsoft could demand all it’s employees ride horses to work in keeping with the backward “progress” they so love.  Perhaps the new federal administration can make clear just what a lie and scam this is. In the meantime, look for more dead eagles and more self-righteous chest beating from the planet destroyers.

Wyoming has always been willing to sell their grandmother to the devil, along with their kids, wives and dogs if it meant looking more like the popular crowd.  Not to mention they love federal hand-outs.  Just love them.  Contrary to the popular notion of independent, self-sufficient people, the elected representatives spend all their time drinking up as much federal money as possible and trying to be Colorado.  It’s really very, very sad and pathetic.  Yet even a Trump victory is unlikely to stop Wyoming’s habit of prostituting itself out to the highest bidder.

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(from Climate4kids.blogspot.com)

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Wandering Words

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. - J Robert Oppenheimer.