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Virginia among 3 states to auction wind farm leases
Virginia-Pilot via ^ | December 1, 2012 | Scott Harper

Posted on 12/01/2012 1:06:42 AM PST by Olog-hai

Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the first three states to sell leases for the right to develop offshore wind farms, U.S. government officials said Friday.

The leases will be auctioned online, probably in the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency overseeing the sales.

The auctions will determine which energy company, utility or entrepreneur gets to build huge wind turbines and reap clean electricity from them in designated areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Costs are expected to be in the billions.

No offshore wind farms exist today in the United States, though they can be seen off several European coasts and are planned in Chinese waters. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; US: District of Columbia; US: Massachusetts; US: Rhode Island; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: alternativeenergy; boondoggle; hotaircult; windenergy; windfarms

1 posted on 12/01/2012 1:06:56 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Another title, “Utility Bills to Rise”.

2 posted on 12/01/2012 2:31:29 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: HarleyD

Somebody has massive amounts of money invested in the scam and can’t let it die.

3 posted on 12/01/2012 3:02:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

This is where the next stimulus package money will go. More Solyndras. The democrats are bankrupting our nation on purpose.

4 posted on 12/01/2012 3:31:57 AM PST by abclily
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To: abclily

Plenty of republicans involved. Just the other day my “semicrat” governor (Rick Snyder) called for continued subsidies for wind in Michigan despite the green energy mandate being crushed on election day.

He swerves all over the road like a drunken moron. In the same speech he called for increased natural gas drilling in the state as well as a state reserve of natural gas to be sold within the state in times of high prices. I just wish he could stay in his lane when he gets it right.

5 posted on 12/01/2012 3:50:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: abclily

Conservative groups should challenge in court any building on purchased leases.

What should they sue for? Things like preserving the endangered spotted Shell Crab, or the near extinct Sea Flotsum, or the extremely rare Shelf Jetsum, etc. Repeat as necessary.

Oh, you say these don’t exist? Well, of course they do... you just have not heard of them, since they are so rare! And we must not kill them off... We’ll find a court that agrees and is not one of those Flotsum and Jetsum deniers.

6 posted on 12/01/2012 3:51:05 AM PST by C210N (In favor of private rights and public happiness)
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To: cripplecreek

Same here in Texas. Guv Goodhair luvs him some windmills.

7 posted on 12/01/2012 3:53:11 AM PST by TADSLOS (No need to watch the movie "Idiocracy". We're living it.)
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That’s what irritates me about these guys who want to be all things to all people. We end up fighting them as much as we do the democrats.

8 posted on 12/01/2012 4:10:32 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai
Something left unaddressed: The prominent air currents on our planet serve a purpose: they carry warmer air from the tropics toward the poles, and colder air from the poles to the tropics. When these air massed mix, there will be storms, and the more different the densities (temperature/humidity related) of the air masses, the more violent the storms.

Given that windfarms tend to be located in such relatively constant air flow areas, and that the windfarms are converting the kinetic energy of the moving air masses into mechanical energy, and thence into electricity (when they are working, anyway), just how much energy can we remove from the planet's temperature equalization system before we actually alter the climate?

CO2 isn't the monster, here, as proven by the absence of data confirming predictions of dire consequences.

However, the altering of the temperature control mechanisms of the Earth by sapping them of inherent energy just might create the problems the warmists are blaming on the very industries which produce useable forms of energy without tinkering with the movement of air masses.

9 posted on 12/01/2012 4:43:25 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Definitely something worth looking at. A few windmills here and there won't have much effect if any but the greenies want 10s of thousands of them in America alone.

As a Michigan resident I'm very aware of how weather develops as it moves across the lakes and back over the land again. Its why the bulk of the orchards in Michigan are concentrated with 20 or 30 miles of lake Michigan. (The same is true with particular types of farms in the pacific northwest)

Better to look at the mixing effects before creating a mess than after.

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10 posted on 12/01/2012 5:12:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

So let’s get this straight...
You can build “wind farms” off the coast of VA but no oil derricks...
You can put “wind” in your car’s tank these days?

11 posted on 12/01/2012 5:43:21 AM PST by matginzac
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To: Olog-hai
I do not really ‘hate’ too many people or things but I really do hate wind farms. Green energy my arse! first and foremost is the Visual Pollution; I used to drive through West Texas several time a year and just cringe at them damn acres and acres of wind mills destroying the vista grande. Then there is the Noise Pollution; whoop whoop whoop all day and all night. I had rather hear some damn loud ass Harley Davidson saving lives with their loud ass pipes.
Next is the danger to wildlife. I just wonder if PETA has a clue as to how many birds from Pigeons to Eagles the abominations have killed.
A (as in one) windmill can be a great thing for an isolated farm or ranch,but a wind farm wasting as much as several sections of land? Just a waste of money.
12 posted on 12/01/2012 5:50:43 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: matginzac

Peak electricity demand on the East Coast occurs during the summer. And if you want to know about wind..ask an old sailor like me and he will tell you at those times..and most of the summer..Buzzards Bay, Long Island Sound, the Virginia and NJ shore are like the Dead wind. So I guess that will be a good time to send expensive union workers out to service these giant white elephants.
So go ahead..waste our tax money and drive up rates by duplicating generating capacity.

13 posted on 12/01/2012 5:54:38 AM PST by Oldexpat
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It’s stunning to see how the logic of all this is totally ignored...
The inmates really are running the asylum....

14 posted on 12/01/2012 6:01:44 AM PST by matginzac
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At least windmills on land are cheap. Power from ocean windmills costs 2-3x.

15 posted on 12/01/2012 7:10:10 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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