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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

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…….


Eagle graveyard

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Wind plants

Photos of wind plants in Wyoming

Glenrock—three or four different groups


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


Finally, something useful near a turbine



Wide angle view (they go on for miles)

Medicine Bow turbines:




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



How to make turbines look sweet and pretty:


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.

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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Power from Weather

It has happened. A massive blackout in South Australia, home of the “we are so proud of our renewable energy” state. Reports have claimed it was a “50 year” storm. For the weather illiterate, “50 year” storm does not mean a storm that occurs once every 50 years. It means that based on historical records, the conditions that produce the storm occur once every 50 years on average. The storms can occur three years in a row. (Think of Hillary Clinton winning 6 coin tosses in a row.) A similar storm can occur next week. The “50 year” designation is not a law of weather or even a postulated rule—it’s a statistical value based on past occurrences that has no predictive value. Some media reports appear to be warning that exactly this can happen and “probably will” (as in there’s a chance and let’s play it for all we’re worth to instill fear—of the turbines and renewable energy? Wait, that’s not it…..).

“It’s extremely rare to see a low of this much pressure and intensity,” he said. “It’s fair to say it’s going to get extremely nasty again.” (BoM senior meteorologist Craig Burke)
So it’s extremely rare but he can make accurate, certain predictions based on this? Global warming has made so-called scientists just like the man on the corner with the “The End is Near” sign, except with a claim that in their case said behaviour is perfectly rational and to be believed.

It is claimed this was a weather event, not a renewable energy event. Renewable energy is powered by weather. Any weather event is a renewable energy event—100%. Nothing but weather turns those turbines and energizes the solar panels. It’s bad enough that people do not understand how poor an energy source so-called renewables are, they don’t understand that this is energy powered by weather. Weather. Remember that next time a “professional” tells you otherwise. (For those who question this, where do you go to find out if it’s forecast to be sunny and windy—the weather report? Yeah…)

Another surprise to many is turbines have to be shut off in high wind. We can’t build a 400 ft spinning tower whose mechanical and electrical components won’t disintegrate at very high speeds. Winds of 80 mph have every turbine in the area shut down. Most have cut-out speeds of around 40 mph to 60 mph. Early turbines had to be turned back on manually. Newer ones reportedly do not. The manufacturers are working on improving the cut out/cut in problem. It is not clear if such a fix will work well, nor if it can be retrofitted. If not, billions of tons of materials will be needed to replace current turbines. That would not be very environmentally friendly. Note: Even if the cut in/cut out is made sufficiently smooth to not disrupt the grid, the power is still out in high wind.

This should be a wake-up call to those who believe in the fairy tale of renewable energy. Powering your country using weather and then claiming it’s weather which is the problem, not the renewable energy, must be a textbook definition of insanity. Not to mention a recipe for plunging into the darkness.

(h/t Greenie Watch)



Wandering Words


“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.