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Wind energy to the rescue. Well, not exactly…
The Orange County Register blog Orange Punch ^ | 3-9-2012 | Mark Landsbaum

Posted on 03/09/2012 1:44:41 PM PST by landsbaum

So, how is that alternative, renewable wind energy coming along?

No need to split hairs. Give us a general idea.

“To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero,” says Matt Ridley at the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Oops...

(Excerpt) Read more at orangepunch.ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: fossilfuels; globalwarming; solar; wind

1 posted on 03/09/2012 1:44:45 PM PST by landsbaum
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“Despite the regressive subsidy (pushing pensioners into fuel poverty while improving the wine cellars of grand estates), despite tearing rural communities apart, killing jobs, despoiling views, erecting pylons, felling forests, killing bats and eagles, causing industrial accidents, clogging motorways, polluting lakes in Inner Mongolia with the toxic and radioactive tailings from refining neodymium, a ton of which is in the average turbine—despite all this, the total energy generated each day by wind has yet to reach half a per cent worldwide.”

We just haven't spent enough to make it viable. /s

2 posted on 03/09/2012 2:10:17 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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There is a government program to pay windfarms not to make electricity now.

Good lord.


3 posted on 03/09/2012 2:32:05 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To say it is zero isn’t actually an exaggeration as to the pitiful capabilities of wind energy. Check out this site which has a lot of smart guys who study this at length.... http://www.masterresource.org/2009/11/wind-integration-incremental-emissions-from-back-up-generation-cycling-part-i-a-framework-and-calculator/comment-page-1/#comment-3244 You don't have to read the whole article as here is one small paragraph near the bottom that clearly makes the point....

In November 2009, Kent Hawkins, a Canadian electrical engineer, published a detailed analysis on the frequency with which gas-fired generators must be cycled on and off in order to back up wind power. Hawkins findings: the frequent switching on and off results in more gas consumption than if there were no wind turbines at all. His analysis suggests that it would be more efficient in terms of carbon dioxide emissions to simply run combined-cycle gas turbines on a continuous basis rather than use wind turbines backed up by gas-fired generators that are constantly being turned on and off. Hawkins concludes that wind power is not an “effective CO2 mitigation” strategy “because of inefficiencies introduced by fast-ramping (inefficient) operation of gas turbines.”

4 posted on 03/09/2012 2:56:53 PM PST by hecticskeptic
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