Big Wind doesn’t blow, it sucks.
We used to have a 5’ diameter propeller raised in the main triangle. There were times when it was spinning too fast to take down...yet the power generated didn’t keep the deep cycle batteries charged for long, and our electrical needs on the boat were few.
anyone have a ping list for wind?
I’m facing the very real possiblity of having them built within 1250 ft of my house.
they build some 15 miles away that I can see from here.
Need any and all input to pass on to anti-wind movement before Zoning Appeals Mtg in Feb
The opposition needs to sue over the bird deaths. A huge part of Exxon’s Valdez settlement was based on bird kills.
Follow the money. Money laundering industries.
not to mention that our locals just got hosed by Obama and Abound Solar.
he’s detemined to pland hundreds of these 450 foot middle fingers on the best cropland in the country. (no drought here this year, no irrigation either)
they’ve been throwing lots of big checks to anyone willing to sign over the rights to the land their ancestors homesteaded in the 1840s.
“Increasingly, this seems to be the fate of Big Wind, one of the two mainstays of President Obamas alternative energy plan. “
One of the reasons that Republicans keep getting their heads handed to them as they’re continually forced on to defense, is that they simply CANNOT understand the bigger picture.
In this case, the groups doing the suing are environmental groups, which are some of the many front groups for Democrats. In other words, it’s one group of Democrats stopping the Democrat president from carrying out his policy.
So why doesn’t he simply stop that? Because President Obama doesn’t actually want the windmills built - but he needs them discussed as a way to buy time as coal plants are shut down.
What if I’m wrong? If he REALLY wanted those windmills built, he could do one of the following: (1) Call up the groups and tell them to knock it off. Or, if you don’t believe he has that power, then he could (2) simply demand federal pre-emption of these lawsuits - and that would likely roll right through the Rubber-stamp Republicans.
But he has done neither, and the lawsuits continue, so one MUST conclude that this IS their policy, for sure.
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Here are a few highlights: Meeting the UK Governments target for renewable generation in 2020 will require total wind capacity of 36 GW backed up by 13 GW of open cycle gas plants plus large complementary investments in transmission capacity at a cost of about £120 billion. The same electricity demand could be met from 21.5 GW of combined cycle gas plants with a cost of £13 billion, i.e. an order of magnitude cheaper than the wind scenario. Under the most favourable assumptions for wind power, the Governments wind policy will reduce emissions of CO2 at an average cost of £270 per metric ton (at 2009 prices) which means that meeting the UKs renewable energy target would cost a staggering £78 billion per year in 2020. The key problems with current policies for wind power are simple. They require a huge commitment of investment resources to a technology that is not very green, in the sense of saving a lot of CO2, but which is certainly very expensive and inflexible. Unless the current Government scales back its commitment to wind power very substantially, its policy will be worse than a mistake, it will be a blunder, Professor Hughes said.
Don't tell biblewonk.
He's as bad about wind as Willie Green was about trains.
Mrs. JohnnyP and I drove through that area on vacation in the late seventies and I remember those beautiful hills above the ocean.
Years prior to that I had been a sonar technician in the navy, and I had learned there was a “Naval Facility” (NAVFAC) in Ferndale.
A NAVFAC was one of the land based sonar sites that formed part of the SOSUS system. They were connected to hydrophone arrays on the continental shelf.
These were very hush hush at the time so I wanted to do a “drive by” to see what I could see. There was another one at Point Sur, but it was separated from the coast route by a long spit of land so you couldn’t get close at all.
Very informative history at this link:
From the text:
“Naval Facility Centerville Beach, was located in Humboldt County, Northern California,
near the cities of Ferndale and Eureka. The base at Centerville Beach was the site
of a Naval Air Station, and the Eureka airport. Centerville Beach was a thirty-acre
U.S. Navy base used for oceanographic research and undersea surveillance. The site
was decommissioned in 1993. Through the historic town of Ferndale, past idyllic
farmhouses and picturesque landscapes with cows grazing, past Centerville Beach
and up a winding road, overlooking the Pacific Ocean was the Centerville Naval
Facility. As of 2006, the base is a ghost-town and is completely deserted, with
boarded up buildings still standing, and no plans for its future use.”
A view of the facility from the ocean is at the end of this link:
Related to the Point Sur facility: