Beware. There’s considerable evidence that Philip Anschutz plans to pillage Wyoming with 1000 eco-crucifixes giving glory to the god Gaia. He is running “values” ads over and over and over on sharing, generosity, etc. I’m guessing that’s to soften up the population before the carnage begins. Plus, there’s the newspaper articles extolling the virtues of having the Wyoming landscape destroyed so Jerry Brown can brag about California’s carbon reductions. (Want carbon reductions? Shut down all the businesses in your state–it’s really, really effective.)
Anschutz is constantly quoted as saying he loves western vistas. Maybe, but only those he can’t destroy in the name of profit. Or maybe it’s a beautiful vista if he gets cash flow. He was awarded Citizen of the West 2015. This was an appropriate award since the west’s history is filled with wealthy individuals plundering the land, taking whatever they desired and ignoring any ramifications of their actions.
It is unlikely anyone understands the environmental disaster that will result. First, fathoming 1000 turbines in one area is mind-boggling. Wind plants of 30 to 60 turbines cover hundreds of acres. Roads will be cut everywhere, literally tons and tons of concrete will be poured after digging caverns to pour it into. Concrete is a major source of CO2 in the atmosphere. Then, hundreds of trips hauling in parts, workers and so forth. The area this is being built on will show scars from this for years. The land will not recover as quickly as people think. This is a high plains desert and when you drive over the land, the grasses and plants are crushed. There are “two-track” roads everywhere in Wyoming because after you drive over the land once or twice, the road is there for the rest of the summer, minimum. Plus, you must have roads between the turbines for maintenance (Yes, you actually do have to maintain your “free” energy and you have to pay someone to do this. You can’t just plant a farm of turbines and then start harvesting the energy.) Wind plants do as much damage as oil exploration, yet for some reason, it’s okay to destroy the prairie for wind but not oil. Some claim it’s because the people who put in wind “care”. The people who put in turbines are the same ones that drill for oil. They love how people are so generous with subsidies on wind. It allows them make a bunch of money.
The noise and low-energy vibrations from a thousand turbines in one area?? No one knows. It is a large area, but we are dealing with an industrial wind plant that is over twice the size of the largest wind plants out there. While no one lives in the area (Certainly not the developer–they NEVER live near the turbines. This one lives in another state.) the turbines will be near an interstate highway.
Wyoming has begun spraying for mosquitoes due to West Nile Virus. Wind turbines explode the insides of bats, killing them. Fewer bats means more mosquitoes. That means more spraying of pesticides to kill the mosquitoes. It seems wind plants have made chemical control of insects an acceptable practice. It’s sad they didn’t arrive at this conclusion before banning DDT because bird egg shells were weakened by it. Who knew that exploding a few million bats would lead to an increase in pesticide use, with the approval of the environmentalists? For those who would object that environmentalists do not agree, if you kill the bats, you have to kill the mosquitoes or do as was done with DDT in Africa and just let people die.
In the future, odds are millions will be spent trying to clean up 1000 turbines left to rust when people realize this is not a viable energy source. Four hundred foot towers rusting, shredded blades littering the land and hydraulic fluid seeping into the ground everywhere. How anyone could say with a straight face that this is environmentally friendly is a true testament to human beings’ ability to ignore reality and try to force the fantasy of free energy to somehow become real.
All for a rich individual to get richer cashing in on government mandated carbon cuts to fight a nonexistent enemy. It’s the American way, I guess………