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  • Study: Solar panels a looming toxic 'crisis'

    07/01/2017 6:53:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 6/30/2017 | Alicia Powe
    The solar-energy industry has been touted for years as the environmentally safe alternative. After all, solar panels merely absorb the sun’s energy and transfer it to consumers. No oily pipelines, no obstructions to the nation’s waterways. But it appears all is not well for fans of the industry. Discarded solar panels, piling up around the world, are detrimental to the environment, according to a new study by Environmental Progress. And carcinogenic. And teratogenic. While environmentalist have warned for decades of the hazard of nuclear power, solar panels produce 300 times more toxic waste per unity of energy than nuclear power...
  • Wind Energy Meets Just 0.46% Of Global Energy Demand—Despite Hundreds Of Billions In Investment

    06/27/2017 11:12:16 AM PDT · by Thalean · 41 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | June 26, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    Between 2013 and 2014, using IEA data, global demand for energy grew by 2,000 terawatt hours. Let’s figure out how many wind turbines we’d need to build to meet this growing demand—we’ll ignore the fact that “environmentalists” would like us to simultaneously replace existing generating capacity. Given that a standard two-megawatt wind turbine can produce 0.005 terawatt hours per year, we’d need to build some 350,000 wind turbines to meet this demand. That’s 50% more turbines than we’ve build since the year 2000. And it gets worse: at a standard density of 1 megawatt per 50 acres of land, we’d...
  • DELINGPOLE: DONALD TRUMP IS SO RIGHT TO WAGE WAR ON WIND FARMS…

    05/12/2017 7:49:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12 May 2017 | BY JAMES DELINGPOLE
    Donald Trump is not a fan of wind turbines, as he has hinted occasionally on Twitter. Not only are wind farms disgusting looking, but even worse they are bad for people’s health http://t.co/2G8YrOUZ (cont) http://t.co/NujHgnXU — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2012 Wind farms are killing many thousands of birds. They make hunters look like nice people! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2012 It’s Friday. How many bald eagles did wind turbines kill today? They are an environmental & aesthetic disaster. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2012 But there’s a very powerful lobby which would...
  • Greater sage grouse kills Oregon wind-energy project

    04/20/2017 2:11:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    After years of creating headaches for the oil-and-gas industry, the greater sage grouse is now standing in the way of renewable energy. The U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday killed a major wind-energy project slated for southeast Oregon over concerns about its impact on a local sage grouse population in a victory for environmental groups, which had fought the proposal for years. The 104-megawatt project, which would have spread up to 70 wind turbines and a transmission line across 10,500 acres in rural Harney County, was decried by environmentalists as an “industrial scale wind development” that would have disrupted...
  • Sand dunes but no beach; a Martian breeze

    03/13/2017 9:28:11 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    oilpro ^ | 22 hours ago | Brian Ricketts
    Despite the obvious similarities between Martian and Terrestrial dunes, one in-depth analysis has led a couple of researchers (Gary Kocurek and Ryan Ewing, see below) to suggest that there are also important differences.
  • Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County

    03/07/2017 8:01:30 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/3/2017 | Tom Gantert
    A corporation called Apex Clean Energy has proposed building as many as 60 wind turbines in Shiawassee County — some up to 600 feet tall. That is about 20 percent higher than the tallest wind turbines currently in Michigan, which are 494 feet tall. It’s also just about the same height as The Guardian building, which is listed at 495 feet tall, in downtown Detroit. The expansion of wind farms into many Michigan communities is being driven by a mandate in the state’s utility regulation law.
  • Mouth of Camel Rock Now Gone

    02/05/2017 2:16:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    KOB4 ^ | February 03, 2017 | Brittany Costello
    Camel Rock is a landmark along the interstate betwSanta Fe and Espanola. It's a pile of rocks that look like a camel sitting down. Locals love it, and tourists flock to it. But Camel Rock now looks a little bit different. It's hard to tell from a distance but up close, it's easy notice a huge chunk of rock that created the camel’s mouth is now gone. When compared side by side, it’s easy to see. “I feel sad. I feel sad,” said Vincent Lopez, who lives nearby in Nambe. “It's Camel Rock. I mean, you could compare it to...
  • Wind turbines generating regret; $100,000 turbines to create $1.50 in electricity monthly

    12/06/2016 9:58:36 AM PST · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    peninsuladailynews.com ^ | December 4, 2016 | Paul Gottlieb
    Three windmill-like turbines loom motionless over the city of Port Angeles’ new Waterfront Park. The $107,516 spires stand immobile more than two months after they were erected and more than a year after the city council approved them. Once they are working to generate electricity, they will produce so little power — $1.50 worth of electricity a month in savings — that at least one council member is regretting her decision to purchase them. They have not been activated because the city is involved in an inspection-related dispute with the manufacturer, UGE International Ltd. of New York City, Community and...
  • Green Energy Companies Helped Bankroll Tribe Behind Dakota Protests(warpath)

    11/17/2016 7:46:23 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/17/2016 | Chris White
    Two green energy companies contributed a quarter of a million dollars to the American Indian tribe spearheading a months-long demonstration against an oil pipeline in North Dakota. Standing Rock Sioux voted unanimously April 5 to accept two $150,000 donations from ConEdison Development and Fagen Inc., both of which have partnered up to build windmills in the North Dakota area, according to internal documents kept by the tribe. ConEdison Development acquired land near Standing Rock’s reservation and began construction on a wind power facility last year. Fagen was a contractor on the project. The $250,000 donations to the tribe were meant...
  • Michigan Energy Battle May Mean More 500 Foot Wind Turbines in Communities

    11/09/2016 10:08:03 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/5/2016 | Derek Draplin
    Residents in some rural communities are concerned that a deal in the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature to increase renewable energy mandates on utilities will result in their homes being surrounded by 500-foot-tall industrial wind turbines. The deal is the result of lawmakers trying to satisfy three special interests that have competing goals as they rewrite the state utility regulation law. Senate Bill 437, introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, would amend a current law that allows non-monopoly electricity generation firms to compete for up to 10 percent of Michigan’s commercial and industrial electric power market. Customers of these generators believe...
  • Granholm Touted Failed Companies in Bid for Federal Energy Job

    11/08/2016 9:29:59 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/6/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The latest batch of WikiLeaks emails included a leaked 2008 dispatch from then Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm promoting herself as a candidate for President Barack Obama’s secretary of energy. Granholm would have had to resign as governor midway through her final term had she landed the job. Granholm attached a 12,000-word document describing what she considered her qualifications in an email to John Podesta, who was heading President Obama’s transition team. The list of accomplishments was heavy on corporate welfare programs Granholm had championed. In one section of her pitch, the Democratic former governor wrote extensively about three companies that...
  • New York State Is Perfecting Its Taxpayer Repellent

    09/21/2016 12:15:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2016 | Seton Motley
    Government at all levels has been for a century-plus grossly over-involved in, well, everything.  For this particular exercise, let us look at the energy sector.  Behold the myth that is “green energy.” “Green energy” is - nigh totally - neither green, nor energy.  Most sources - wind, solar, ethanol and bio-,… - expend as much or more traditional energy to produce as they eventually provide.  And their production and utilization are in many instances much more anti-planet than demonized traditional sources.    And unlike traditional sources, “green energy” requires government money.  Lots and LOTS of government money.  Subsidies to the tune...
  • Many People Think What Few Dare To Say

    08/20/2016 8:13:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/20/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    With the world swamped by cheap natural gas, crude oil, and coal (with the mines in western countries are being relegated to heritage status), who, really needs expensive and intermittent electricity from the wind and sun? From climate doomsters to media politicos, the world is being bombarded with mis-constructs, unfounded claims and outright lies. Some listeners and readers may fall for such deceits but many others are thinking to themselves and quietly walking away. Time and again, I have experienced that phenomenon after giving a talk to (mostly) retired professionals from a variety of disciplines. They approach me in private...
  • Can America's first floating wind farm shake off environmental concerns?

    08/12/2016 9:31:57 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 31, 2016 | Matt Weiser
    The deep waters off the coast of California could become home to the country’s largest offshore wind energy project and a test case for a technology that is still in its infancy.
  • The left’s grand, green vision

    06/12/2016 3:55:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    Like a crazed serial killer, the liberal green groups are celebrating their “victory” of putting America’s major coal producers out of business — to say nothing of the tens of thousands of miners placed in unemployment lines. Several thousand more mining jobs were lost last month. Now to get their next homicidal high, the leftists have turned their ambitions on the oil and natural gas industries. Here is how the Sierra Club spokeswoman, Lena Moffit, explains the grand, green vision: “We have moved to a very clear and firm and vehement position of opposing gas. We oppose any new gas-fired...
  • Across the 'valley of death': How the wind industry will cope without tax credits

    05/27/2016 8:53:40 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Utility Dive ^ | 25 May 2016 | Herman K. Trabish
    y all conventional measures, 2016 is a good time to be a wind developer. Wind provided a record 4.7% of U.S. electricity last year and accounted for 41% of all generation capacity additions — well outpacing solar and natural gas, which each accounted for about 28%. That growth is expected to continue after the five-year extension of vital federal tax credits at the end of 2015. But as they phase out in the coming years, the extensions now appear to lead to unforeseen trouble. “The PTC has helped wind get to its current position, but a day of reckoning is...
  • Hundreds Of European Wind Turbines Are Operating At A Loss

    Hundreds of wind turbines in the Netherlands are operating at a loss and could soon be demolished, according to an article published Thursday by the Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad. Subsidies for generating wind energy aren’t cost effective anymore, according to the paper’s analysis. Most of Europe’s modern wind turbines are struggling to be profitable due to the inefficient subsidy structure. Financieele Dagblad is extremely worried about the failure of the Dutch wind industry, because the Netherlands is already behind its green energy targets. Dutch financial issues with wind power aren’t unique to the Netherlands. Globally, the wind power industry...
  • New Wind Turbines Taller Than The Empire State Building

    03/22/2016 1:44:15 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 44 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-03-2016 | M. Mouse
    Wind power may not be the cheapest, most efficient, or even most common form of renewable energy, but it is surely one of the most visually impressive methods of power generation. Anyone who has driven from Detroit to Toronto for instance can attest to the awe that comes from seeing dozens of windmills rising hundreds of feet into the air all turning in slow arcs with the wind. A new wind turbine design will put older smaller designs to shame though – if it can every get past the objections of environmentalists. Canada, with lots of land, is an ideal...
  • We Cannot Afford “Free” Wind and Solar Energy

    03/10/2016 6:00:35 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/10/16 | Michael Fumento
    If solar and wind were indeed catching up to other forms of electricity generation, they wouldn’t need current subsidies, much less ever-growing ones. Such are the incredible costs of producing energy with “free fuel" While driving the mostly empty and flat 1,000 miles from Houston to Colorado Springs recently, I noticed something I hadn’t seen much just a few years ago—lots of wind farms dotting the landscape, but none anywhere near even small population centers. And another funny thing, though: Invariably, many of the turbines weren’t moving and one of the largest appeared to have about 100 turbines, yet I...
  • MIT Report: Carbon Tax Necessary to Break Fossil Fuel Dependence

    03/03/2016 3:06:18 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-03-2016 | MIT
    Renewable energy advocates like to point out that the cost of renewable fuels, like solar power, have dropped substantially in the last few years. The cost of solar power for instance has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2009. Yet for all the excitement about renewable power, the reality is that the entire energy sector has essentially been in a state of deflation for the last decade. The notable drop in oil prices over the last two years aside, costs of producing oil both in the U.S. and in many parts of the world have fallen dramatically. The phase out...