Wyoming joins with other states in killing eagles, enriching oil men and corporate millionaires and destroying the environment. The wind plant in Boxelder canyon is being started, even without lawsuits settled and take permits issued. Why? Because if the thing is not operational by the end of 2016, there’s no contract demanding the power company buy the energy at an outrageous price. Thank you government intervention.
People always said Wyoming was only interested in money while developing oil. Not true—oil heats homes and powers cars. Wind plants are useless and only interested in government handouts. The wind industry cannot live without government support. It’s all about holding people at gunpoint and taking their money and destroying the environment for a huge check. It’s as immoral as one can get, considering everyone of these people KNOW wind is just damaging the environment while making them rich. These people make oil companies look like saints. They lie about the usefulness of wind, they steamroll over people and put in the plants (never mind the blessed UN that they so love called wind plants a violation of human rights—like they care about human rights if it stands in the way of money grubbing). I am tired of all this RICO act stuff concerning global warming. How about a RICO investigation into who profits from destroying the environment with useless wind turbines?
I have not gone back to Boxelder Canyon since the project was announced. It was a beautiful drive, filled with wildlife and flora. Now, it will be a shrine to Al Gore and his lies and the greed and lack of caring by those who lie about wanting to save the environment. I don’t know where the turbines will be located, nor will I ever know. It’s so disgusting and vile I will never return to any part of the area.
Waterfall on Boxelder Canyon
There was a prairie fire last fall that burned all around the turbines north of Casper. Pictures:
This was a fast moving grass fire that started at the municipal landfill and spread due to 50 mph winds. No one will admit guilt, and most of the county residents are angry with the whole mess. The fire burned down 12 houses. There was a “Thanks Landfill” sign up for quite some time. Current claims are being processed. I don’t know if the turbines were damaged or not—I don’t think so.
A new storage area was put in at the Natrona County airport for wind turbine parts. It reportedly took 22 million tons of rock to create a base on which to store the parts, due, of course, to their size and weight. I have trouble imagining 22 million tons of rock as being environmentally friendly—I can only imagine the pit left when the rock was removed. The story was in Wyoming Business Report, where it said the turbines need wind velocities of 7 to 40 mph any of which generates the same amount of electricity. It seems the writer is not aware of Betz’s Law. Not good.
As of late, we have had very high winds and the turbines have cut out repeatedly. So much for the “wonderful Wyoming wind”. All it does is shut down the machines.
The only up side is the article said the company is being charged $1500 per month with some increases over what may be a five year term.
Here are some pictures of the facility:
Today the wind is blowing 48 mph at the airport. Cool, you think, those turbines are making electricity. Except they aren’t. Many have hit cutout speed and are not moving at all. A week ago going to Utah, I notice that phenomena in the turbines near Evanston. Many were not turning, probably due to the blizzard and high winds that had recently occurred.
“Average” wind speed in no way indicates the possible productivity of turbines. In fact, some states with lower average wind speeds actually produce more electricity because the turbines don’t cut out.
The forecast is for gusts over 65 mph and at least one semi tractor trailer has already blown over south of town. This is NOT good for wind plants. It stresses all the turbines and produces no more electricity than a 30 mph wind. Yet even those who should know better seem to insist putting turbines in 60 mph areas is okay. It’s only okay because they get government handouts. Private industry on it’s own could never afford this waste of resources.
Not all turbines stop turning in high wind. This gives the illusion that something is being generated when it is not and feeds the idea that high wind is desirable. The turbines cut-out and remain cut-out until the wind drops below a certain threshold. This costs production time but helps protect the turbines. In high wind areas, like Casper, Wyoming today, all the turbines are doing is cutting out and not moving or spinning uselessly in the 48 mph wind.
Wind is NOT a good way to generate electricity. Never was, probably never will be. It’s just not practical, even with storage. It lacks energy density and requires huge stretches of land, damages the environment and is a return to nostalgia that is only designed to make money for those on the government dole. It’s a feel-good idea that actually dooes a lot of damage.
Remember that next time you’re tempted to say “can’t we use the wind for generation?. The answer is NO.
Seems I have been neglecting this blog as of late. Perhaps it’s because wind energy has slowed to a near halt in my state. Yes, the billionaire from Colorado continues to try and destroy the prairie in southern Wyoming by installing 1000 bird-chomping, bat killing eco-crucifixes* along I-80, but the reluctance of California to buy wind energy out of state (not to mention their on-going drought and declining economy) plus the complexity of putting a huge, environmentally unfriendly power line across multiple states has stalled the project. Now that Speaker of the House Judas has sold out the country and reinstated the damaging, line-the-pockets of Democrats and welfare lovers everywhere PTC, there may be a renewed interest in the project. After all, who can say no to stealing millions from the populace to increase the billions you already have?
A couple of days ago in the paper there was an interesting article on wind energy. To the credit of the person being interviewed, thus far he was resisting the six-figure welfare payments from the wind energy for turbine space rental, but he said he “believed in wind energy”. This struck me as very peculiar. After all, people “believe in UFO’s” and people “believe in ghosts” and people believe in energy sources the government is hiding from us, natural cures which the hawkers thereof insist the pharmaceutical companies are suppressing and 200 mpg carburetors. Belief does not equal reality. Believing in wind energy in no way makes it viable or useful or even desirable. Yet somehow, this is used as a justification for destroying the environment, increasing energy costs and many other negative outcomes. If someone said “I believe in ghosts and I want a federal subsidy for housing to be built for these ghosts”, one hopes this would be laughed out of existence. Yet, “I believe in wind energy” nets huge grants and tax breaks for virtually no return on investment. The turbines might as well be housing for ghosts. I don’t know. Maybe they are and someone was clever enough to ask for the turbines instead of ghost housing……They certainly aren’t saving the planet nor are they providing any useful energy. Yet, people “believe”.
There is also the problem of why wildlife should be saved. We were always told the ESA and so forth were to save the animals. So in California, water goes to fish while humans are starved out of farming. The long suspected, now proven, idea that the ESA was anti-human, anti-industry is true. In addition, the wind energy is given a free pass on killing virtually all creatures, as is solar. In what can only be considered complete insanity, companies like Duke Energy can get passes on killing eagles with a turbine, but fines for such a death at a conventional power plant. Translation: “We are not opposed to killing and extinction of animals if it falls in with our political agenda.” When politics enters, all sanity and science vanishes. There exists no protection for any animal that stands in the way of the rabid environmentalists.
*thank you James Delingpole for the term
I found this while surfing:
“Barbie Wind Princess Dress Up
Barbie is queen of the winds, and as the super powered goddess of the breezes, she’s here to bring the sky down to an appropriate level. Find and harness that power to build a wind powered sewing machine to build the perfect dress for this princess. Barbie can travel on the wind, so make sure she’s traveling in style!”
I cannot find the instructions for that wind powered sewing machine anywhere in the game. Lots of costumes that are magically moved to Barbie. Maybe the wind powered sewing machine is magic too. Of course it is. There’s no such thing, but when trying to sell impossible ideas to innocent children, magic and lies and misrepresentations are the name of the game.
This also displays a complete lack of understanding of the history of sewing. There were treadle sewing machines that required no electricity, just foot power. I sewed on one when I was—my mother had it. They’re still out there if you want one. The idea that you would need wind power to make a sewing machine work is just wrong. Same is true of many machines: you can get reel-type lawnmowers, treadle lathes for woodworking, etc. NO WIND is in any way required. This is another misrepresentation intended to fool people into thinking wind is the answer. Better education on tools and how they work would be money better spent.
Costumes for your little political pawn to wear on Halloween. Again, it’s fine to prostitute your kid for the sake of useless monstrosities that kill birds, destroy the landscape and do nothing but make already rich corporations stealing taxpayer money. My suggestion: Dress up as that eagle that the wind turbine whacked out of the sky. Sure, some may find that offensive—people often find the truth offensive if it threatens their sacred beliefs. At least the bloody, dead eagle is honest.