Skip to comments.Wind Farms Cause Climate Change, Study Suggests
Posted on 11/01/2012 2:31:54 PM PDT by GeronL
Satiring the News .....................................................
Associated Posers) WASHINGTON DC - Wind farms affecting climate change. The so-called green technology is causing temperatures at the surface to increase, a new report finds. The new data is unlikely to influence government subsidies and regulations that promote wind turbines any time soon though.
Liming Zhou, Research Associate Professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University of New York, who led the study, said further research is needed into the affect of the new technology on the wider environment.
"Wind energy is among the worlds fastest growing sources of energy. The US wind industry has experienced a remarkably rapid expansion of capacity in recent years, he said. While converting winds kinetic energy into electricity, wind turbines modify surface-atmosphere exchanges and transfer of energy, momentum, mass and moisture within the atmosphere. These changes, if spatially large enough, might have noticeable impacts on local to regional weather and climate.
The study, published in Nature, found a significant warming trend of up to 0.72C (1.37F) per decade, particularly at night-time, over wind farms relative to near-by non-wind-farm regions. Studying satellite weather data scientists say the change has become more obvious as wind turbines become more common especially where large wind farms exist as in China and Texas.
The study read: "Despite debates regarding the possible impacts of wind farms on regional to global scale weather and climate, modelling studies agree that they can significantly affect local scale meteorology."
Professor Steven Sherwood, co-Director of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, said the research was pretty solid.
Guy Bore from the Climaxion Center for Climate Action says the new data is disturbing. This means that physics also applies to green technologies. We were truly hoping that since the intentions were good that the weather gods would give us a break. Apparently, and this is quite distressing, the law of Conservation of Energy doesn't exempt wind turbines.
George Adam Takei of Glory Hole Apple Orchards said the new study was not a surprise to him and many others in the industry. We have used fans to change the temperature at orchards for decades. It can help keep apples from freezing on the margins, extending the growing season and allowing a larger harvest.
Holding up a Red Delicious They come out pretty as well juicy, the kind of apples we like the most here at Glory Hole Orchards
Government mandates and subsidies would have the number of wind turbines growing exponentially over the next decades. This large scale wind farming could bring negative affects to regions of the country.
This needs a lot more study said Guy Bore If the findings hold up, it could mean drastic changes are needed in government energy policy. It would completely change the complexion of the environmental movement too. If the study was backed up he said his organization, Climaxion, would likely begin to press for the end of any electric usage.
Over the past decades we have come closer and closer to the idea that all usage of energy is a bad thing, but this news was disheartening. How are we going to convince the public and government officials to cut back on all energy usage? I think many people will conclude we are a bunch of kooks, but we have to do what is necessary. We don't want to be dragged back to the past where the climate was warm enough to grow vineyards in Scotland, do we? If the warming trend continues we could see the oceans become calmer, like they were when that evil man Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic and terrorized the so-called 'New World'. That is the kind of thing we need to stop from happening in the long term.
Guy Bore didn't stop there. The last thing we need is for the unwashed masses to put this story next to the story about weather and conclude that wind turbines caused Hurricane Sandy. That kind of crazy connection is something only people on our side are supposed to do.
‘The winds go sweeping through the plains?”.. Not with wind turbines impeding their momentum!
Their real enemy is electricity. Watch the idiotic remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still for the left’s idea of environmentalism- destroy the world built by people and deprive them of all energy.
If you could produce electricity from water, just standing water alone....then the environmentalists would have to outlaw it.
Something to do with fjords, I just know it
It used to be that hydro power was “clean energy.” Hoover and kicked it off with some big dams, and when the green people started to multiply, they argued strongly for hydro.
Then, after dams had been built all over the country, they suddenly discovered that they were killing fish. Since then, many dams have been torn down at the urging of the greenies.
I’ve always figured the same thing would happen with windmills. Spend a few trillion building them all over the place and then suddenly “discover” that they are killing birds. Then use more tax dollars to tear them all down again.
This article is satire—but only because it’s too early. First, we need to build them, before we tear them down. Preferably all over the place at astronomical expense.
Speaking of the fjords, my parrot is forever pining for them!
Of course it is a parody...but...we are extracting measurable energy from the winds. We will alter wind patterns and effects.
Since the enviro-dorks think that what is now is what should always be...anything you do will be - by definition - wrong.
Let us remember that just above the science F students (journalists and politicians) come the science D students (environmentalists).
Call for Captain Obvious!
For years it has been pointed it that windmills bleed energy from the wind.
That energy taken from the wind might have made a beneficial difference down the road.
IOW energy taken from say Montana might have benefited areas downwind.
He’s not pining, he’s passed on!
What are you saying? He is singing with the choir invisible? Is that it?
There was never any necessity to install those millions of ugly, noisy, bird killing monstrosities.
There is plenty of wind turbulence on high density Interstates and low profile installations could have been engineered to capture it. In fact there are designs in development.
The people (gubmint) who promoted the destruction of beautiful landscape and ocean views with this ‘power source’ should be punished.
Yup. If he hadn’t been nailed to the perch, he’d be pushing up daisies.
permanently pining parrots
Yup. Government interference usually makes things worse.
laws of physics still apply
liberals devastasted... or totally oblivious
The laws of physics don’t break for good intentions
I think they would definitely try
Put (Satire) in the title, just like we do with (vanity)
how about (Vantire?)
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