Skip to comments.14,000 abandoned wind turbines
Posted on 11/19/2011 12:59:33 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
As Jimi Hendrix may have put it: And the wind cries bankrupt
Minnesotans for Global Warming report that in the last 30 years, the United States has had 14,000 wind turbines abandoned. Apparently, once the subsidies and the wind run out, these 20-story high Cuisinarts are de-bladed and retired. This means more bats and migratory birds will live.
From Minnesotans for Global Warming: The symbol of Green renewable energy, our savior from the non existent problem of Global Warming, abandoned wind farms are starting to litter the planet as globally governments cut the subsidies taxes that consumers pay for the privilege of having a very expensive power source that does not work every day for various reasons like its too cold or the wind speed is too high.
Andrew Walden of American Thinker explored nearly 2 years ago the demise of the 37-turbine wind farm at Kamaoa Wind Farm in Hawaii: Built in 1985, at the end of the boom, Kamaoa soon suffered from lack of maintenance. In 1994, the site lease was purchased by Redwood City, CA-based Apollo Energy. Cannibalizing parts from the original 37 turbines, Apollo personnel kept the declining facility going with outdated equipment. But even in a place where wind-shaped trees grow sideways, maintenance issues were overwhelming. By 2004 Kamaoa accounts began to show up on a Hawaii State Department of Finance list of unclaimed properties. In 2006, transmission was finally cut off by Hawaii Electric Company.Californias wind farms then comprising about 80% of the worlds wind generation capacity ceased to generate much more quickly than Kamaoa. In the best wind spots on earth, over 14,000 turbines were simply abandoned. Spinning, post-industrial junk which generates nothing but bird kills.
When an honest history of this period in the United States is written, it will no be kind to the corporate cronyism that preyed upon public ignorance of earth science to create a crisis global warming to exploit and loot the Treasury.
Just nuke 'em! ; )
They’ll try to blame business instead of friends of bureaucrats and politics helping to loot the nation.
These things make no economic sense and are totally unsustainable.
Could I get one of those cheap to replace my KitchenAid mixer?
Perfect cell phone tower! And they are usually not too near population centers, so the "rural" areas will get additional cell phone coverage .. it's just wonderful ...
Those were the old tiny ones, never were effecent.
Tell the mexicans they’re full of copper.
They’ll be gone by sunrise.
Brilliant solution !
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
A blight on the Earth - and by supposed Greenies.
That’s the result of suspect science and stupid - who are the birdbrains now?
This is why the U.S. government did not spend millions of dollars on the development of internal-combustion gasoline engines in the year 1815.
This is why the space program goal of landing on the moon before 1970 was not financially wise.
Ambitious government technological goals during peacetime are great for politicians but never financially worthwhile.
The only successes that are had is because the actual work was performed by private-sector companies. And in cases where “the fix is in”, like green energy (meaning the private sector company has assurances that wasting the money would be fine as in the case of Solyndra), the private sector simply takes the money they are given by their political crony.
The Hoover Dam is a classic example of a project being completed only because of private sector efforts - in spite of government attempts to mess it up for political reasons.
The windmills I estimated to be several hundreds in number. They stretched as far as the eye could see east and southeast. The land there is all flat farmland, and farmhouse dotted the landscape here and there around the huge mills.
Sleek and silver, blades turning slowly despite forceful winds that buffeted my heavy car, the scene dominated by these silent giants was both fascinating. and rather scary. I could only think of one word to describe the visual effect of a wind farm.....Dali-esque.
The author missed another key reason for the AGW scam.
With the alleged fall of communism (which didn’t go anywhere except to the White House), the global elite needed another control device to scare the crap out of an uninformed and gullible population so they would willingly and gratefully surrender more of their God given rights to the state for “saving them.”
Orwell wrote a book about it called “1984.” He just had the date wrong. And it damn near worked.
But.. but.. the green boosters claim that this will save us ALLL! /sarc.
And this illustrates why green initiatives, whether it is the Chevy Dolt or a windfarm, are bad investments.
Denmark, the world's most wind-intensive nation, with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity, has yet to close a single fossil-fuel plant. It requires 50% more coal-generated electricity to cover wind power's unpredictability, and pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have risen (by 36% in 2006 alone).
The original National Post link has been taken down. I am sure it is because they were hounded into it.
One can hope.
Far more obnoxious to ranch homes than the twirling things during daylight!
If Wind Power is so great how come Holland isn't a World Power?All Holland has contributed to the world has been Wooden Shoes and Tulips.Oh. And Clog Dancing. Can't forget that. Heck, where would we be without Clog Dancing.
The same thing happend with these stupid subway systems in most cities
“If you build it, they will come- unless it is a government subsidized project”
The fed handed out millions to build rapid transit systems in cities, and killed most places they were built.
Buffalo NY was once a hub of the country- more important than NY city. IN the 70’s they feds gave them millions to build a subway, so they closed MAIN STREET in buffalo, killed every single business along the steet, and buffalo is now nearly abondoned except for law offices and welfare offices
The people who use the subway to get to the welfare office would be better off if they just put the office closer to where they live. And the people who work there could save $8 per day parking
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