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.