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  • Court Backs Finding Of Wind Turbine Noise Problem

    07/08/2014 6:56:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/5/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan's 51st Circuit Court has ruled that Mason County was justified in determining that wind turbines at the Lake Winds Industrial Wind Plant near Ludington are too noisy. In his June 16 decision, Judge Richard Cooper denied Consumer Energy's appeal to have the court overturn the county's finding that the wind plant was exceeding the county's established decibel level limits. In a highly technical explanation, Judge Cooper said it was reasonable for the county to take into account the impact of maximum wind speeds that are not outside the norm. He also rejected the argument that excessive noise levels occurring...
  • Wind Power 'Success Story' Was a Massive Failure

    06/26/2014 11:33:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A few years ago, Vice President Joe Biden called a wind turbine facility in Saginaw one of the top "100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America." In 2010, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded Merrill Technologies Group a $22 million advanced energy manufacturing tax credit that then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm's office said was used to buy advanced manufacturing equipment needed to create wind turbine components in a facility in Saginaw. The Recovery Act also gave Merrill Technologies another $3 million. The former governor trumpeted the facility as the future of Michigan's economy that would help create 89,918 clean energy...
  • Texas hits new peak wind output

    06/25/2014 5:20:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JUNE 23, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    At 8:48 p.m. on March 26, wind generation on the electric grid covering most of the state of Texas reached a new instantaneous peak output of 10,296 megawatts (MW). At that moment, wind supplied almost 29% of total electricity load, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid's operator. The average wind production in that hour was 10,120 MW. The new wind record surpassed two highs reached in the previous week, while the record prior to March was 9,674 MW set in May 2013. March's wind power record will likely be surpassed in the near future as...
  • Numbers Don’t Lie: The global energy story of today is coal, dwarfing the output of solar and wind.

    06/19/2014 6:43:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/19/2014 | Robert Bryce
    Rasheed Wallace gained notoriety during his 16-season NBA career for being a hot-headed power forward. If called for a foul (or, as was often the case with him, a technical foul) that he thought was undeserved, and the opposing team missed the ensuing free-throw attempts, Wallace would often holler, “ball don’t lie,” as if the basketball itself was pronouncing judgment on the ref’s call. The “ball don’t lie” expression has gained fame and is even the title of a popular basketball blog. I’d be inclined to adopt a variation on Wallace’s catchphrase for whenever energy use or energy policy is...
  • LETTER: Steve King for House majority leader

    06/17/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    With the departure of Eric Cantor as majority leader, it's time to replace him with someone with strong conservative values. My choice is Steve King of Iowa. Steve is not looking for votes, but is looking for solutions to problems.
  • How Warren Buffett Milks Consumers & Taxpayers Through Wind Energy

    05/28/2014 10:45:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | 05/21/2014 | Fred N. Sauer
    wind energy is highly inefficient and requires additional transmission lines and back-up gas generators when the wind doesn't blow. Yet, windmills keep getting built, thanks to government subsidies. But it is very hard to trace these subsidies. Vague statements about "tax credits" and "mandates" give no hint of the magnitude of returns that these subsidies provide to crony windmillers. Indeed, in the Carnahan Special Report, we had to burrow into financial statements of a foreign company and its subsidiary to understand where all the money was going. The principal information was buried in an arcane note to these financial statements....
  • US windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought

    05/21/2014 10:43:33 AM PDT · by kingattax · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 21, 2014 | Mark Duchamp
    America’s wind farms are actually slaughtering millions of birds and bats annually Originally published by The ECO Report The Obama administration is issuing 30-year permits for “taking” (killing) bald and golden eagles. The great birds will be legally slaughtered “unintentionally” by lethal wind turbines installed in their breeding territories, and in “dispersion areas” where their young congregate (e.g. Altamont Pass). By chance (if you believe in coincidences), a timely government study claims wind farms will kill “only” 1.4 million birds yearly by 2030 (1). This new report is just one of many, financed with taxpayers’ money, aimed at convincing the...
  • Parade Magazine: Wind Power Disrupts Local Climate

    05/13/2014 11:18:14 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 33 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | May 13, 2014 | Sean Long
    Hard facts often trump breezy liberal logic supporting renewable energy. Parade Magazine columnist Marilyn Vos Savant, once considered the smartest person in the world, wrote on May 11 that wind power may actually disrupt local weather. While this information contradicts climate alarmist attempts to reduce extreme weather to a consequence of global warming, it adds to the list of environmental problems with wind turbines. Vos Savant claimed that wind turbines “will have an impact on the weather,” in addition to causing “ground warming and drying.” She pointed out that wind turbines “remove energy from the wind” which logically has an...
  • This is why wind energy can neither have nor produce nice things

    05/08/2014 7:44:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/7/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The wind lobby has yet to give up on their quest to renew the egregiously generous production tax credit that essentially keeps the wind industry afloat by providing 2.3 cents for every kilowatt-hour of energy output during the first ten years of a given project’s operation; that lucrative subsidy expired on January 1st of this year, but it wouldn’t be the first time — or the second, or the third – that Congress has belatedly bestowed a retroactive extension. Most recently, the wind industry was awarded a one-year extension of the credit at the start of 2013, with the new...
  • Wind Industry Produces Little Energy, Lots Of Hot Air

    04/22/2014 4:48:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Failed Policy: The federal government has spent some $100 billion in taxpayer subsidies on green energy since 2006. Now we are seeing the flimsy and declining returns on that investment. The wind industry saw its growth tumble by 92% last year, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and that's off of a very low base to begin with. Big Wind blames the decline in output on uncertainty over the future of a federal wind industry tax credit — an absurdly generous subsidy of 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour produced. This handout is what keeps...
  • Community Group Fighting Third Attempt To Bring Wind Farm To Town

    04/22/2014 1:20:12 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/20/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Voters in Osceola County's Sherman Township have overturned regulations for wind turbines in referendums twice in recent years. That was enough to make Heritage Sustainable Energy give up on plans to locate wind turbines there. Now, Next Era Energy wants to locate wind turbines in the township and local officials are looking for a fresh set of regulations that could allow that to happen. But the same local activist group that so far has been able to help keep the turbines away is poised to fight them off again. "It looks to me like we're probably going to end up...
  • Passing gas 101: What your flatulence patterns mean for your health

    04/01/2014 10:52:40 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 95 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | April 01, 2014 | By Loren Grush
    Passing gas: Everybody does it – and no one wants to admit it. This embarrassing habit may seem foul, but breaking wind is simply an unavoidable byproduct of our daily digestion. In fact, the average individual can pass gas anywhere from 13 to 21 times a day. But your gaseous patterns can actually speak volumes about your health, especially in regards to your eating habits, and they may even serve as an indication of larger digestive health issues. “People who produce excessive amounts of gas and particularly foul smelling gas – if you’re eating a super high fiber diet, that...
  • Wind power hits Texas record

    03/28/2014 1:24:37 PM PDT · by thackney · 55 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 28, 2014 | Emily Pickrell
    New West Texas transmission lines helped Lone Star wind power reach new gusty heights, hitting a record of more than 10,000 megawatts of generation late Wednesday night. The new West Texas transmission lines – with the unwieldy name of Competitive Renewable Energy Zone lines – cost the state almost $7 billion by the time they were completed last December, but are expected to earn their keep, giving the state the ability to nearly double its use of wind energy. “These Texas wind records were made possible by the completion of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone transmission lines earlier this year,”...
  • Veterans Affairs wind turbine, built for $2.3 million, stands dormant

    03/20/2014 6:40:02 AM PDT · by woodbutcher1963 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Tom Steward
    <p>ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A $2.3 million federal stimulus project at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud is giving green energy initiatives a bad name. A 600-kilowatt wind turbine -- some 245 foot tall -- stands on the wintry VA grounds, frozen in time and temperature, essentially inoperable for the past 1 1/2 years.</p>
  • The Withering of Wind Power; or Obama's Not a Smart Investor

    03/16/2014 10:24:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Political Calculations
    Originally established in 1992, the wind energy production tax credit has had a lot to do with fueling the growth of the nation's wind energy generating capacity since its inception. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports just how much the installed capacity for wind has grown in the years from 2000 through 2012, much of which has been enabled by the wind energy production tax credit subsidy: So with that kind of "success", why does the wind energy industry need a permanent tax credit? After all, the purpose of the tax credit was to greatly accelerate the growth of the...
  • Red-throated Diver bird kills off second phase of wind farm

    03/01/2014 4:35:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 2/19/14 | Pilita Clark
    The UK’s renewable energy plans have been set back after the companies building the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, London Array, ditched a second phase of the huge project, largely because of uncertainties about its impact on birds. **SNIP** Basking sharks and a rocky seabed helped kill off plans to build ScottishPower Renewables’ Argyll Array wind farm off the western coast of Scotland in December. That move came just weeks after RWE, a German power company, pulled the plug on its £4bn Atlantic Array offshore wind farm after saying the cost of overcoming technical challenges were “prohibitive” in the current...
  • Expert: Energy Company Trying To ‘Muddle’ Wind Turbine Noise Solution

    02/26/2014 7:19:32 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/24/2014 | Jack Spencer
    A plan to address excessive noise issues at a Northern Michigan wind plant won't work, a sound expert said. Additionally, he said he thinks Consumers Energy, which has offered the plan, knows it won't work. On Feb. 7, Consumers Energy submitted a mitigation plan to address noise levels at its Lake Winds Energy Plant, located south of Ludington in Mason County. The submission of this plan was ordered by the 51st Circuit Court, where the utility is contesting the county's ruling (the first of its kind in Michigan) that the $250 million, 56-turbine wind plant is in violation of its...
  • Powerful winds rip off roof to church in Huntington, WV

    02/21/2014 6:49:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    WOWK-TV ^ | Lisa Robbins
    HUNTINGTON, WV - Powerful winds and heavy rain blew through the area Friday. In West Huntington, the winds were so strong, they ripped off a roof and steeple at Open Door Baptist Church on Madison Avenue. Dan Houdyschell said he heard the storm roll through. "Just a lot of wind around 2 a.m.; garbage cans flying and stuff like that," he said. Steve Wayne is a pastor at Celebration Church, which is just across the street from the damage. "I couldn't believe when I saw that their roof is in the road and the steeple; I can't imagine the damage...
  • The Green Killing Grounds: Falcons, eagles, foxes die — and the Obama administration doesn’t care.

    02/15/2014 10:11:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/15/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Ivanpah solar-power facility is controversial because it “costs about four times as much as a conventional natural-gas–fired plant but will produce far less electricity.” Once that electricity goes online, customers can expect to pay twice as much for it, if not more. No one knows for sure, because the utilities and state regulators involved haven’t disclosed that information. Oh yeah, and the plant is apparently scorching a bunch of birds to death. Over the past several months, one of the companies behind the Ivanpah plant, BrightSource Energy, has been finding “dozens” of dead...
  • Court Orders Utility To Address Wind Turbine Noise Problems

    02/14/2014 5:52:12 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 29 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/13/2014 | Jack Spencer
    A judge has ordered Consumers Energy to come up with a plan to rid its Lake Winds Energy Plant of excessive noise levels. Last month, Consumers Energy asked the 51st Circuit Court to overrule Mason County's finding that the Lake Winds industrial plant is not in compliance with the county's noise ordinance. As part of that legal action the utility also wanted the court to issue a stay that would block efforts by Mason County to enforce the county's interpretation of the ordinance until after the case had been argued in court. On Monday, 51st Circuit Court Judge Richard Cooper...
  • Sandoval: Coloradans can’t depend on wind energy

    02/07/2014 5:22:46 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Tribune ^ | February 5, 2014 | Michael Sandoval
    When Coloradans flip on their lights or crank up their heat, they expect their electricity to be affordable, and at the very least, reliable. But the state Legislature and Gov. John Hickenlooper are forcing the opposite on Colorado — expensive and unreliable wind energy. The wind lobby today is one of the fattest hogs at the corporate welfare trough. Rather than win customers through good prices and reliable products, the wind lobby uses political clout to force consumers to purchase its overpriced services. Currently, a state law requires that 12 percent of the state’s electricity be generated by so-called “green”...
  • NASCAR up close. [video only]

    02/04/2014 6:19:46 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 2-4-2014 | failgeschlagen
    A NASCAR fan recorded this video right next to the track as several cars speed by spectators taking video. Most do not anticipate what happens when vehicles going over 185+ miles per hour run through an open area in quick succession...
  • Georgia island considers whether birds would be harmed if wind turbine is built

    02/02/2014 12:11:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Greenfield Reporter ^ | 2/01/14 | MARY LANDERS
    TYBEE ISLAND, Georgia — Endangered piping plovers blend into the background of sandy beaches like Tybee's, where these small shorebirds are known to visit. First decimated by the use of their feathers in women's hats in the late 1800s, plovers have since suffered from having to compete with humans for beach space. Now only 60 or so breeding pairs remain in the smallest of their three known populations. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has identified global warming and wind turbines as emerging threats to these birds.
  • A Possible First: Lawsuit Over Birds Stops Federal Wind Energy Project

    02/01/2014 4:10:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    KCET ^ | 1/29/14 | Chris Clarke
    This is well outside California, but it may well have ramifications in the Golden State: A lawsuit threatened by a pair of bird conservation groups has halted a wind power development the federal government had planned along the Lake Erie shore in Ohio. **SNIP** "We are absolutely elated that the Air National Guard has halted this project, at least temporarily and possibly for good," said BSBO Executive Director Kimberly Kaufman, adding that BSBO would continue to gather petition signatures despite the ANG's decision. "We want to document the full extent of the opposition to this -- and similar projects in...
  • Utility Asks Court To Slap Down Excessive Wind Turbine Noise Finding

    01/31/2014 7:25:00 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/29/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Consumers Energy (CMS) has consistently expressed its desire to be a “good neighbor." But when Mason County found that Lake Winds Energy Plant was too noisy, CMS ran to the courts. Earlier this month, CMS filed a case asking the 51st Circuit Court to overrule Mason County’s finding that the Lake Winds industrial wind plant, a 56-turbine facility south of Ludington, is not in compliance with the County’s noise ordinance. In addition, the utility is asking the court to halt efforts by Mason County to enforce its interpretation of the ordinance. Kevon Martis, director of the Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition...
  • Texas tops nation in new wind power construction

    01/31/2014 5:03:17 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 30, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Energy companies were installing a record level of wind turbines as 2013 came to a close, with most of the new capacity coming in Texas, according to new figures released Thursday. More than 12,000 megawatts of wind power were under construction across 20 states during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s industry market report. The trade group says that’s enough to power 3.5 million homes. By far the biggest chunk of that was in Texas, which saw 7,000 megawatts under construction, propelled by new transmission lines linking remote Panhandle wind farms to customers in...
  • Wind Turbine In Ohio Bird Zone Halted

    01/30/2014 2:47:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Earth Techling ^ | 1/30/14 | Pete Danko
    A U.S. military project to erect a 131-foot-tall wind turbine with rotor blades 135 feet in diameter in what a conservation group calls “one of the greatest bird migration corridors in the Western Hemisphere” has been abruptly halted. The decision to stop work on a 600-kilowatt turbine at Camp Perry along Lake Erie was revealed in a letter [PDF] from the National Guard Bureau (the entity that runs the National Guard) to the attorneys representing the American Bird Conservancy and Black Swamp Bird Observatory, who earlier this month had threatened a lawsuit if the project proceeded. **SNIP** “The victory sends...
  • Wind Permits Allowing Eagle Deaths Face Blowback

    01/29/2014 1:20:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 23, 2014 | Clare Foran
    **SNIP** Contrary to what some environmentalists say, FWS insists that the permitting process actually works to protect wildlife. "We're not going to issue a permit unless we think there's an overall conservation value," said David Cottingham, senior adviser to the director of the service. But environmentalists remain unconvinced—a stance that has put them at odds with the wind industry, which defends the permitting process as necessary to provide regulatory certainty for wind developers. "Most environmental organizations support the wind industry, but what we're saying right now is just because you're producing clean energy, that doesn't mean you have carte blanche...
  • Mobile phones powered by WIND TURBINES: 'Micro-windmills' could be fitted to our phones

    01/15/2014 10:48:13 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 50 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 1-14-14 | Victoria Woollaston
    Forget hand-cranked chargers and solar-powered cases, the latest way to solve the ever-present problem of a dying phone battery is by using thin air. Researchers from Texas have developed a miniscule ‘micro-windmill’ that is just 1.8mm wide and can transform wind energy into electricity. The team behind the design claim hundreds of the nickel devices could be fitted to a phone case, for example, and users could charge their phone simply by waving it in the air. - - - - The technology was built by micro-engineering experts at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA). Each windmill is made of...
  • Other voices: Let the wind subsidy blow away

    01/08/2014 5:58:03 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press/Chicago Trib ^ | 1-8-14 | Editors
    In the early 1990s, with dreams of cheap and clean wind energy ascendant, Congress lavished a generous subsidy on power from the tall, twirling turbines. The wind industry responded, and since then has increased its installed generating capacity 30-fold. For 20-plus years the subsidy has been intermittent, although not as unreliable as the winds that drive the turbines. The most recent authorization, a 2013 extension tucked into the federal budget deal that avoided the so-called fiscal cliff, expired Dec. 31. Applause, please, for our do-little Congress: What's known as the wind production tax credit has long outlived any public policy...
  • 5 million Scottish trees felled for wind farms

    01/02/2014 12:03:58 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 2nd January 2014 | ILONA AMOS
    ONLY a fraction of Scottish forests felled to make way for wind farms have been replanted, figures show, sparking calls for a ban on new developments. Forestry Commission statistics reveal that about five million trees – almost one for every person in Scotland – have been cut down to clear space for turbines in the past six years but less than a third of them have been replaced. Of the 2,510 hectares stripped of woodland to make way for turbines since 2007, just 792 hectares were reforested after construction was completed. The Scottish Conservatives, who obtained the figures through a...
  • Wind energy tax credit expires

    01/02/2014 5:40:30 AM PST · by thackney · 39 replies
    NewsOK.com ^ | January 1, 2014 | PAUL MONIES
    The wind industry faces uncertainty again as a key federal incentive for wind farms expired at midnight Tuesday, almost one year after getting a reprieve. Unlike last year, there's no "fiscal cliff" deal to get Congress to act at the last minute to renew the wind production tax credit. A budget package passed earlier this month didn't include any provisions for the incentive. Helping out in 2014 is a change in the tax code in how companies can treat the timing of a qualifying wind project. The extension means developers had to start construction by Dec. 31. That offers more...
  • Politically Correct Bird-O-Matics (i.e., Wind Farms)

    01/01/2014 6:47:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/22/13 | Ralph R. Reiland
    **SNIP** Cappiello reported in May 2013 that “companies operating industrial-sized turbines … that are killing eagles and other protected birds have yet to be fined or prosecuted — even though every death is a criminal violation” — and even though the “Obama administration has charged oil companies for drowning birds in their waste pits and power companies for electrocuting birds on power lines.” The way the Obama White House plays favorites, in short, birds killed by politically correct green companies are swept under the rug while bird killings by politically incorrect fossil fuel companies are judged to be prosecutable. In...
  • Native Americans Protest Eagle Deaths at Wind Farms

    12/28/2013 5:21:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Heartland ^ | 12/26/13 | H. Sterling Burnett
    **SNIP** The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest national organization of tribal governments, along with attorneys representing the Osage Nation and 20 Arizona tribes, met with the White House to discuss the FWS’ eagle “take” rules. After the meeting, the NCAI passed a resolution accusing the administration of failing to consult meaningfully with tribes while pursuing a rule to lengthen eagle take permits for wind farms from five to 30 years. The resolution said eagle permits should not be issued without the consent of affected tribes. **SNIP** Wind farms must be located where the wind blows...
  • Wind farm operator says eagle deaths overestimated

    12/24/2013 12:12:18 PM PST · by CedarDave · 31 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 24, 2013 | AP
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The developers of what could become the nation’s largest wind energy project say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has overestimated how many eagles could be killed by wind turbines at the site. They say they’re planning a variety of measures to reduce eagle deaths at the $5 billion Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind power project south of Rawlins, and those steps will result in fewer deaths than the BLM estimate of 46-64 per year.
  • Energy Company At Odds With County Over Safety of Wind Turbines

    12/23/2013 9:53:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Local officials and Consumers Energy are at odds over whether a wind plant located south of Ludington meets safety standards. Those living close to the wind plant continue to be exposed daily to the turbines and their apparent negative impact on health and quality of life. Allegations that Lake Winds Energy Plant has significant safety issues are not new. On April 1, area residents filed a lawsuit claiming noise, vibrations and flickering lights generated by the 56 turbine facility are adversely impacting their health. Dizziness, sleeplessness and headaches are among the symptoms noted in the lawsuit. Less than six months...
  • Montana wind farm owner sues California utility

    12/21/2013 9:42:16 PM PST · by fella · 4 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 21 dec 2013
    HELENA - The owner of a Montana wind farm and one of its investors are suing each other. NaturEner USA filed a lawsuit Friday in Montana's Toole County alleging breach of contract by San Diego Gas and Electric Co. It comes in response to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the California utility asking a San Diego judge to rule that NaturEner did not meet its contractual obligations. The utility says NaturEner failed to meet conditions concerning the preservation of protected birds and bats. NaturEner says the utility agreed to invest $285 million in the 189-megawatt Rim Rock wind farm and...
  • President Obama Will Sacrifice Bald Eagles To Fight Global Warming

    12/17/2013 12:11:37 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/14/13 | James M. Taylor
    The Obama administration announced last Friday that it will grant industrial wind farm operators 30-year permits to kill legally protected bald eagles and golden eagles without fear of legal repercussions. U.S. wind turbines already kill 1.4 million birds and bats each year, including many endangered, threatened and protected species such as California condors, bald eagles and Indiana bats. The Obama administration claims this annual bird and bat slaughter is necessary to fight global warming. Sources very close to the President have leaked to me the text of the following presidential speech on the topic, which President Obama will deliver later...
  • Saying Goodbye to the Wind Production Tax Credit

    12/11/2013 6:00:20 AM PST · by thackney · 36 replies
    SustainableBusiness.com ^ | 12/10/2013 | SustainableBusiness.com
    Once again, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) - so crucial to the US wind industry - expires at the end of this year, but this time we're hardly hearing anything about it. It will likely quietly slip away during the night on New Year's Eve. Although the credit serves the entire industry, wind manufacturers are particularly exposedrelated production facilities (in 44 states) will be left "blowing in the wind." Thanks to the wind PTC, the US is one of the largest and fastest growing markets for wind energy. Some 70% of components for US wind farms are Made in the...
  • U.S. Energy Policy: A National Money Hole?

    12/11/2013 5:54:48 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | December 11, 2013 | Jared Meyer
    U.S. policy regarding green energy investment is troubling. As Congress struggles to pass a budget, green energy programs should be the first to go. A newly-released Reason Foundation report by Victor Nava and Julian Morris, Stimulating Green Electric Dreams, highlights problems with the government’s green “investments.” The report focuses on the Department of Energy’s $16 billion Section 1705 Loan Guarantee Program— part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The loans suffered from rampant cronyism: those with the right political connections and highest lobbying contributions received the most money. Further, the report found taxpayer dollars were essentially thrown away....
  • ‘Green’ Energy Kills Eagles

    12/09/2013 7:07:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/09/2013 | Robert Bryce
    We have to kill eagles in order to save them. That’s now the official policy of the U.S. Interior Department. On Friday, the agency announced that it would grant some wind-energy companies permits that will allow them to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty. The move is an unprecedented gift to the wind-energy industry, which has been lobbying for the 30-year permit for several years. Shortly after the deal was announced, the wind-energy lobby issued a statement that would make George Orwell proud. An official with the American Wind Energy Association declared...
  • Eagle-killing rule almost done (Hussein regime gives wind farms a 30-year pass)

    12/06/2013 2:56:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/13 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    The Obama administration has nearly finalized a rule that would give energy companies lengthy permits for wind farms that end up killing bald and golden eagles. Hundreds of thousands of birds are killed every year after flying into large wind turbine blades, an issue that became an ongoing saga for the administration this year. The White House finalized its review on Thursday of a rule that would give the farms a 30-year pass for the killings, known as "takings." The details of the Interior Department rule are not yet known and it is possible it could be tweaked, though significant...
  • Federal Judge: Michigan Renewable Energy Mandate Unconstitutional

    11/25/2013 9:18:17 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/21/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Court battles over the Colorado and Minnesota renewable energy mandates could potentially mark the beginning of the end for similar laws in other states, including Michigan. In June, Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court wrote that Michigan's in-state renewable energy mandate violates the Commerce Clause and is therefore unconstitutional. Judge Posner's statement did not have the weight of law because the issue wasn't directly before him. Nonetheless, many received it as a wake-up call and possible harbinger of things to come. In 2008, the Michigan Legislature passed a law mandating that 10...
  • Wind energy company pleads guilty to eagle deaths

    11/22/2013 5:47:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/22/13
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government for the first time has enforced environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities, winning a $1 million settlement Friday from a power company that pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms. **SNIP** As part of the agreement, Duke will continue to use field biologists to identify eagles and shut down turbines when they get too close. It will install new radar technology, similar to what is used in Afghanistan to track missiles. And it will continue to voluntarily report all eagle and bird deaths to the...
  • Extreme Antarctic Winds Shape Trees Into Beautiful Forms on Slope Point, New Zealand

    11/17/2013 9:27:48 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    Bored Panda ^ | November 14, 2013
    As wonderful and useful as our modern technologies are, there are still plenty of places in this world where Mother Nature rules supreme. One such place is Slope Point in New Zealand. Slope Point is the southernmost tip of New Zealand’s South Island. It lies 4800 km (2982 mi) from the South Pole and 5100 km (3168 mi) from the equator, so it’s regularly exposed to unimaginable weather conditions. The air stream loops that travel over the Southern Ocean uninterrupted for 3200 km (2000 mi) make landfall at Slope Point, making for consistently extreme winds. And yet, even in this...
  • Obama to talk economy during visit to Cleveland steel plant

    11/12/2013 6:48:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Nov 12, 2013 | Joe Vardon
    Obama to talk economy during visit to Cleveland steel plant By Joe Vardon The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday November 12, 2013 5:46 AM President Barack Obama won re-election in Ohio last year on the winds of the argument that the economy here and elsewhere was improving. On Thursday, he’ll be back, but Democrats’ message on the economy has changed now that the goal is to defeat Republican Gov. John Kasich next fall. Obama will visit the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Cleveland to “deliver remarks on the economy and the strength of American manufacturing,” said a White House official. How Obama’s talk...
  • Wind Turbines Blamed in Death of Estimated 600,000 Bats in 2012

    11/09/2013 10:50:27 AM PST · by grundle · 54 replies
    UPI/Breitbart ^ | November 9, 2013
    BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Wind turbines killed at least 600,000 -- and possibly as many as 900,000 -- bats in the United States in 2012, researchers say. Writing in the journal BioScience, the researchers said they used sophisticated statistical techniques to infer the probable number of bat deaths at wind energy facilities from the number of dead bats found at 21 locations. Bats, which play an important role in the ecosystem as insect-eaters, are killed at wind turbines not only by collisions with moving turbine blades but also by the trauma resulting from sudden changes in air pressure...
  • Report: DOE Withheld Data on Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    11/05/2013 4:42:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/5/13 | Lachlan Markay
    The Department of Energy withheld troubling cost and performance data on a major stimulus award from a federal watchdog before the company servicing the award went bankrupt, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report focuses on the department’s handling of a pair of federal awards worth about $126 million for ECOtality, a San Francisco-based green energy company that declared bankruptcy in September. DOE’s inspector general, which authored Tuesday’s report, released an audit in July that expressed concerns about the department’s management of ECOtality’s $100 million stimulus award for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The report revealed...
  • Fixing California: The Green Gentry’s Class Warfare

    10/29/2013 1:15:48 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 3 replies
    newgeography.com ^ | 10/28/2013 | Joel Kotkin
    Historically, progressives were seen as partisans for the people, eager to help the working and middle classes achieve upward mobility even at expense of the ultrarich. But in California, and much of the country, progressivism has morphed into a political movement that, more often than not, effectively squelches the aspirations of the majority, in large part to serve the interests of the wealthiest. Primarily, this modern-day program of class warfare is carried out under the banner of green politics. The environmental movement has always been primarily dominated by the wealthy, and overwhelmingly white, donors and activists. But in the past,...
  • Another local wind project bites the dust (MN)

    10/25/2013 12:39:53 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    Post Bulletin ^ | 10-24-13 | Brett Boese
    STEWARTVILLE — After years of planning and preliminary development, a second ambitious wind project in southeastern Minnesota has come to an unceremonious end. The High Country Energy wind project developed by National Wind, a subsidiary of India-based Trishe Renewable Energy Solutions, sent a letter dated Oct. 3 to local landowners and investors notifying them that the $500 million project had been terminated. That information was confirmed Thursday by National Wind Director of Communications Joe Jennings, who declined a request for additional information.