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  • Texas Moves Toward Dumping Wind Mandate

    04/30/2015 6:31:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/28/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Last week with a 21-10 vote the Texas Senate passed legislation (Senate Bill 931) that would end the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which is a primarily a wind energy (with a certain degree of solar energy) mandate. Wind energy is more efficient in Texas than it is in states like Michigan — not necessarily efficient but relatively more efficient. Texas is far and away the leading wind energy state in the nation and, thanks in no small part to a $7 billion program for building transmission lines for wind from the western side of the state, it has met its...
  • Marchant Wields Blade Against Wind Subsidies

    04/29/2015 10:15:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    The green energy barons have had a good run in the Age of Obama, but Capitol Hill conservatives are mounting their first serious challenge to these charlatans in the new Congress with the PTC Elimination Act filed by Rep. Kenny E. Marchant (R.-Texas). “If we want to build a healthier American economy, Congress must get rid of the dead weight in the tax code that is limiting our nation’s potential. That’s why I have introduced legislation to eliminate the production tax credit,” Marchant said in his April 22 statement. “Since its creation in 1992, the PTC has ballooned from a...
  • 'Big Oil' and 'Big Wind' Keep Public in the Dark About Wind Dependence on Fossil Fuels

    04/28/2015 6:42:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/25/2015 | Jack Spencer
    The news media is at its best when risking the wrath of powerful interests by telling an underdog’s side of a story. When those rare instances arise, the news media stand tall. What seems to increasingly be occurring, however, features the news media misidentifying some entities as underdogs and failing to realize that a charade is being acted out. Examples of this circumstance are too numerous to list, but one of the most intriguing involves so-called alternative energy (which is almost exclusively wind energy) and the fossil fuel (or petroleum) industry. It seems evident that most of what is commonly...
  • Advection: The Forgotten Weather Factor.

    04/24/2015 6:48:03 AM PDT · by all the best · 5 replies
    drtimball.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Dr. Tim Ball
    The early Greeks had a better, more basic understanding of weather and climate than the people involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Indeed, the word climate derives from the Greek word klima, meaning inclination, referring to the climate conditions created by the angle of the Sun. They paid great attention to the wind, realizing its role in creating local, regional and seasonal conditions. They even erected a tower to the wind in Athens (Figure 1) with sculptures representing each major compass direction. The Greeks focused on the more important horizontal movement of air, technically called advection or...
  • Wind Turbines Kill More Birds Than BP Oil Spill

    04/20/2015 10:08:28 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2015-04-20 | Michael Bastasch
    It's been five years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and released 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Environmentalists are highlighting the disaster by pointing to the 800,000 birds that have died because of the spill in the five years since the disaster, but activists have been eerily silent about the fact that way more birds have been killed by wind turbines — a supposedly “eco-friendly” energy source.The liberal blog Mother Jones reports that 800,000 birds have been killed and the Pelican population in the Gulf has decreased 12 percent. While the 2010 Gulf spill was...
  • County Pushes Stop Button on Wind Development

    04/20/2015 11:43:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/17/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Local officials at Michigan’s ground zero for wind energy are telling wind developers “enough is enough.” Huron County has 328 wind turbines, more than all of the other Michigan counties combined. But it has just enacted a moratorium on any additional ones until stricter regulations for industrial wind turbines can be put in place. “What this means is no turbines for people who don’t want them,” Huron County Commissioner John Nugent said. “The people who want them can still have them as long as it doesn’t adversely affect their neighbors.” At its final March meeting the Huron County Commission voted...
  • Solar power will soon be as cheap as coal (Wind power has already reached grid parity)

    04/18/2015 7:10:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 90 replies
    ensia.com ^ | 4.15.15 | Phil McKenna
    Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy The solar and wind innovations that got us where we are today — and those waiting in the wings — point to a hopeful future. Photo courtesy of 1366 Technologies Writer Phil McKenna@mckennapr Freelance writerShareTweet Facebook Share on Google+ Linkedin   April 6, 2015 — Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names like “Fearless” and “Intrepid”...
  • Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You're Nothing Without Me

    04/17/2015 7:51:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Wind energy in Michigan is approximately two-thirds fossil fuels (predominantly natural gas) used in a less than efficient way, coupled with one-third wind. Most people are unaware of that reality and misinformation flourishes as a result. Case in point: a new study claims to provide comparisons between wind and natural gas by treating them as if they were two totally separate and distinct forms of energy generation. The University of Michigan and Lansing-based consulting firm 5 Lakes Energy are touting a joint study based on a “model” produced at the university. The stated purpose of the study is to provide...
  • Why Environmentalists Will Eventually Hate Renewable Power

    04/13/2015 11:37:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2015-04-13 | Donald Kendal
    The proliferation of renewable energy will never please environmentalists. In fact, the more efficient and inexpensive energies like solar and wind become, the more environmentalists will fear and eventually hate them.Currently, arguments against renewable energy are based on the accurate claim they are too inefficient to become widespread. The technology behind solar and wind power are just not where they need to be to justify widespread use. In October 2014, data revealed the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert fell well short of its anticipated output. During an eight-month period in 2013, the solar plant...
  • Wind Farm Industry Plans New Wave of Mega-Turbines

    04/03/2015 9:19:28 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/03/2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Thousands of mega-wind turbines more than double the height of Big Ben could be set up across Britain if the wind power industry gets its way. A “cost reduction task force” has argued that constructing more mega-turbines would bring down overall costs. They also argue that planning rules should take clean energy targets into consideration rather than concentrating on the visual impact of turbines on the British countryside. The majority of wind turbines currently installed in the UK measure 125m to the tip of the turbine, meeting the “informal tip height restrictions” in place in most areas of the country,...
  • How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels

    03/13/2015 6:31:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Truth has a habit of emerging from unexpected places. An article in the Daily Kos about the desire to end dependence on fossil fuels for energy needs reveals a “nasty little secret” about wind energy: It relies on fossil fuels. That’s a message wind energy opponents in Michigan have been trying to get across to the news media and the public over the past few years. The article is part of a series titled “Getting to Zero,” by Keith Pickering, and is written with the premise that global warming is a dire and immediate threat. It states, “If civilization is...
  • Wind turbines take to the skies to seek out more power

    03/05/2015 8:26:53 AM PST · by moose07 · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 March 2015 | Richard Anderson
    Critics of wind turbines argue vehemently that they are ugly and inefficient - a blot on the landscape and an expensive folly to boot. Efficiency has always been a strange critique given that the fuel driving turbines - wind - is free. And while electricity generated from wind may currently be more expensive than that from some fossil fuels, costs are coming down fast. Eye sores? That is simply a matter of opinion. But a new wave of turbine technologies are looking to end the debate once and for all, by making wind power cheaper, more flexible and, in...
  • Crispy Critters — Nevada Solar Plant Not For The Birds

    02/25/2015 9:50:11 AM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A solar-power project set to open next month in Nevada has fried 130 birds during tests and will soon join another solar farm in California in avian incineration. If as many birds being burned by solar power farms built in the U.S. were to wash up on our beaches soaked in crude oil from a leaking offshore well, the outrage would be deafening. But as with the wind turbines that now cover acre upon acre of former "pristine" countryside, what amount to avian Cuisinarts slicing and dicing everything that flies, including endangered species, only the crickets are chirping. House Minority...
  • Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs

    02/13/2015 11:02:32 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/5/2015 | Jack Spencer
    According to Steve Transeth, senior policy director for the Michigan Jobs & Energy Coalition, the general public has some “major” misconceptions about wind energy – particularly about its costs and adequacy. “It sounds good,” Transeth said at a meeting held by the Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC) on Jan. 20. “We think it’s cheap, it’s green, it’s the answer to all the things we’re trying to achieve. It really is none of those things." “I think in 20 years we’ll look back and think, ’What kind of experiment was that?’” Transeth continued. “We left wind a couple of hundred years...
  • One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate

    02/04/2015 3:27:06 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/3/2015 | Jack Spencer
    A lawsuit in which residents living near the Lake Winds wind plant south of Ludington claimed the facility was making people sick has been settled out of court. Cary Shineldecker, one of the plaintiffs in the case, isn’t allowed to discuss details of the settlement, but is still allowed to talk about the alleged negative health effects that can be suffered by those who live near such facilities. “What I think is different about this settlement is that, although the details of the settlement are confidential, I’m not gagged from speaking out about the problems with wind energy,” Shineldecker said....
  • Energizing an energy policy

    02/03/2015 7:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ed Fuelner
    If you’re like most Americans, you’re enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your car’s gas tank these days. If you’re a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest drivers behind the drop in gas prices is the rise in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home. While the government is busy micromanaging the energy industry — trying to saddle it with more regulations while showering favors on so-called “green” companies — the free market is showing how to actually get things done....
  • Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

    02/02/2015 11:40:50 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/30/2015 | Jack Spencer
    State lawmakers ought to investigate two unanswered allegations against wind energy in Michigan. The first persistent allegation is that, when it comes to efficiency and the environment, wind energy is a fraud. The second persistent allegation is that it often constitutes a health hazard. Michigan’s 2008-passed energy law, which created what amounts to a mandate that 10 percent of the state’s electricity be generated by in-state wind energy by 2015, is scheduled to be reviewed by the Legislature this year. That review will be a travesty and sham if it fails to include a serious effort to delve into these...
  • The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums

    01/29/2015 3:08:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/24/2015 | Anne Schieber
    After initially allowing Michigan Capitol Confidential to sit in and listen to its Michigan Wind Energy Forum in Lansing on Tuesday, the American Wind Energy Association changed its mind. Within five minutes, an association official grabbed Michigan Capitol Confidential’s camera and asked its reporter, Anne Schieber, to leave. Schieber was stationed in the back of the room, observing and recording for a potential news story. The association said Michigan Capitol Confidential was not credentialed. Peter Kelly, the association's vice president for public affairs, was asked where the credentialing process had been disclosed or what Michigan Capitol Confidential would have to...
  • RFS a No-Show at Freedom Summit

    Just days after Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad kicked off a campaign to promote the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a “candidate” in the 2016 presidential race, it was basically a no-show at the conservative Freedom Summit featuring many presidential hopefuls. Asked about the RFS in an interview with the Des Moines Register on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said he would continue his opposition to the law as “a matter of principle.” One of the potential candidates who received some positive reviews at the summit was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who was recently criticized by biofuels producers in his...
  • Two utilities opt out of Cape Wind

    01/28/2015 4:36:04 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 7, 2015 | Jim O’Sullivan
    The Cape Wind plan was dealt a major setback Tuesday when two power companies that had agreed to buy energy from the Nantucket Sound wind farm terminated their contracts with the developers, raising questions about the future of the $2.5 billion offshore project. National Grid and Northeast Utilities said Cape Wind had missed the Dec. 31 deadline contained in the 2012 contracts to obtain financing and begin construction, and chosen not to put up financial collateral to extend the deadline. NStar, a Northeast Utilities subsidiary, informed Cape Wind officials of its decision late Tuesday, officials said. “Unfortunately, Cape Wind has...
  • Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars

    01/26/2015 10:47:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    An advocate of renewable energy claimed in a recent Detroit News op-ed that Michigan does not subsidize "clean energy." Dan Scripps, president of an industry trade association called the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, wrote: “It is important to clear up another point: Michigan does not subsidize renewable energy. Clean energy, including wind and solar, receives no subsidies from the state of Michigan.” The claim is contradicted by several sources. Research from the “North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center” tracks financial "incentives" that promote renewable energy offered by local, state and federal municipalities as well as utilities. According to the...
  • A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition

    01/26/2015 7:18:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/22/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Cal Peters retired from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in 2013 after being employed as an investigator with the Air Quality Division for 33 years. In 2014, when the state of Ohio enacted significant reforms to its “Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS),” or renewable energy mandate, Peters observed, and to an extent participated, with a unique perspective. Mindful that the Michigan Legislature is preparing to review its RPS this year, Michigan Capitol Confidential interviewed Peters on Jan. 8. The following are excerpts from that interview. Q: You have said that you followed the changes Ohio made regarding its renewable energy...
  • The myth of the methane menace

    01/19/2015 8:58:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced major new regulations on the emissions of methane into the air from oil and gas production. It calls methane a “potent” pollutant and its new rules would require a 45 percent reduction by 2025 from 2012 levels. Most Americans support these new rules, according to polling from environmental groups. This isn’t surprising. Methane sounds like a dirty and dangerous pollutant and even deadly if leaked into water or the air. However, methane is just another term for the main component of natural gas. Drillers have a powerful motive to stop leakage on...
  • Wind Must Cut Costs in Face of Cheap Crude

    01/18/2015 6:41:24 PM PST · by thackney · 41 replies
    Renewable Energy World ^ | January 16, 2015 | Richard Heap
    Crude oil prices have dropped to their lowest levels for six years, at under $50 a barrel. If they stay low throughout 2015 then it will cause headaches for the wind sector. This is one of the findings of our latest report, Wind Finance 2015. There are many reasons why oil prices have crashed, including the parlous state of the eurozone; slowing growth in China; and the decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to maintain high levels of production to put pressure on rivals, including fracking and renewables. The major risk for wind investors is that prolonged low...
  • County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium

    01/15/2015 8:04:25 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    There are 328 wind turbines in Huron County, which is more than in all of Michigan’s other counties combined. But now the county appears poised to say: “Enough is enough.” With a 6 to 1 vote on Dec. 30, the Board of Commissioners agreed to pay up to $1,000 for Foster Swift, a Grand Rapids law firm, to draft a moratorium on wind energy. John Nugent, a member of the board, said the board wants to at least push the pause button on new wind energy development so it can reevaluate the situation. “Huron County is large and primarily rural,”...
  • Wind Energy Dead in the Water Off Cape Cod

    01/12/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/12/2015 | Marita Noon
    Cape Wind, touted as “America’s first offshore wind project,” became one of America’s most high-profile and controversial wind-energy projects. Fourteen years in the making, estimated at $2.6 billion for 130 turbines, covering 25 square miles in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts, the Cape Wind project has yet to install one turbine—let alone produce any electricity. Now, it may be “dead in the water.” On January 6, the two power companies, National Grid and Northeast Utilities, that had agreed to purchase most of the electricity Cape Wind was to generate, terminated their contracts with the developers due to missed...
  • Fintona, County Tyrone: 80-metre wind turbine collapses ('unusual' event as winds were light)

    01/03/2015 7:13:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/3/15 | BBC
    An 80-metre wind turbine has collapsed on a mountainside near Fintona in County Tyrone. The turbine was one of eight on the Screggagh wind farm on Murley mountain. It is not clear what caused the giant structure to collapse, but people in the industry said it was a highly unusual event especially as winds were light at the time. The turbine, valued at over Ł500,000, collapsed on Friday evening, scattering debris over a wide area.
  • OK, is ANYONE here really off the grid ?

    01/03/2015 3:37:59 PM PST · by knarf · 151 replies
    self ^ | January 3, 2015 | knarf
    I got an e-mail that had one of those, "I'm just a regular guy but I've discovered the secret ... " type message ...
  • This Is How Fast Texas Wildfires Can Move (video)

    12/23/2014 4:19:15 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    dump.com ^ | 12-23-2014 | Texas Park and Wildlife Department
    The engulfing flames of a Texas wildfire quickly shifted directions and burned two-thirds of the 6,000-acre park at Bastrop State Park. This clip from the Texas Park and Wildlife Department shows the intensity of the flames in real time.
  • The Great Renewable Energy Rip-Off

    12/03/2014 9:55:43 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/03/14 | Alan Caruba
    The EPA is not protecting anyone’s health. It is forcing them to pay more for what should be the most traditional and affordable sources of electricity in the world One of the lesser known attempts to prove that renewable energy, wind and solar power, can replace traditional energy sources—coal, oil, and natural gas—went belly up in much the same way current wind and solar companies depend on tapping the taxpayer for government subsidies in order to stay in business. Google’s Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative begun in 2007 and shut down four years later. Two members of the Institute...
  • Feds announce largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind

    11/24/2014 11:42:10 AM PST · by thackney · 50 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 24, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    The federal government today announced that it will hold its largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind development in January. The feds will allow a dozen developers to bid on access to more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts (map) starting Jan. 29, the Interior Department said Monday. The sale would triple the amount of federal offshore acreage available for commercial-scale offshore wind development, the department said. That area — if fully developed — could support as much as five gigawatts of commercial wind generation, enough to power more than 1.4 million homes, according to the U.S. Department...
  • Wisconsin Wind Turbines Declared Health Hazard

    11/19/2014 8:41:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 40 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    In what appears to be the first of its kind ruling in the United States, the Board of Health in Brown County, Wisconsin, where Green Bay is located, has declared a local industrial wind plant to be a human health hazard. The specific facility consists of eight 500-foot high, 2.5 megawatt industrial wind turbines. The board made its finding with a 4-0 vote (three members were not present) at an Oct. 14 meeting after it had wrestled with health complaints about the wind plant for more than four years. Ultimately, the board’s ruling was based on a year-long survey which...
  • Bills Would Limit Wind Turbine Lawsuits

    11/14/2014 12:39:17 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/13/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Industrial wind turbines are supposed to produce electricity. But they have also been producing lawsuits over issues such as noise and the associated negative health impacts they allegedly have on residents. Now there is legislation (Senate Bills 1123 and 1124) that would restrict “nuisance” lawsuits filed over wind turbines. Under the measures, those who operate or own wind turbines would be exempt from such lawsuits if the turbines were found to be in compliance with state and local rules. In conjunction with this; the measures would also require that plaintiffs who did not prevail with their lawsuits would have to...
  • Wind PTC is Redistribution to the Rich

    11/03/2014 4:46:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Zachary Huffman
    Democrats are famous for pushing the idea that the rich don't pay their fair share of taxes. So, why are many of them lining up to support tax breaks for Big Wind's millionaires?Under the leadership of Harry Reid, lawmakers are pushing to extend the wind-energy industry's cash cow subsidy, the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). Created in 1992, the Wind PTC was scheduled to expire at the end of last year. Now, wind industry cronies and their friends in the Senate are leading the charge to revive the PTC by ramming an extension package through Congress during this year's lame-uck...
  • Bill Proposes Adding Wind Industry to 'Right to Farm' Act

    10/28/2014 8:00:12 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/27/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Wind turbines could be erected without regard for some local laws under recently introduced legislation. House Bill 5886 would amend Michigan’s Right to Farm Act to include wind production. If enacted, it would allow wind turbines to be constructed on agricultural land with no zoning or building permits of any kind. Enacted in 1981, the Right to Farm Act was meant to protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits. Under the Act, farmers who follow the Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMP) are protected from lawsuits over noise, dust, odors and so on that result from normal farm operations. House Bill...
  • STUDY: WIND TURBINES ARE 'EXPENSIVE, UNRELIABLE AND INEFFICIENT'

    10/27/2014 12:59:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | Oct. 27,2014 | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    Likewise, and again contrary to popular assumptions, wind does not follow daily or even seasonal outputs. There were long periods in which the wind was not blowing even in winter, making it difficult to match generation of wind power to demand. The report concludes that covering these low periods would either need 15 storage plants the size of Dinorwig (a pumped storage hydroelectric power station in Wales with a 1.7GW capacity), or preserving and renewing our fossil plants as a reserve. Most significantly, it found that the system would be only running at 90 percent of capacity or higher for...
  • Green demonstrators accidentally prove why they should never be trusted with energy policy

    10/11/2014 1:39:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-11-14 | Thomas Lifson
    “Renewable” energy is unreliable, and can never replace secure base load sources like coal, natural gas, and hydro. And now a bunch of greenies have embarrassed themselves and proved the point. Attempting to show how wonderful solar power is, a band of self-righteous greenie demonstrators in Madison, WI, the Berkeley of the Midwest, instead demonstrated that reliance on renewables means brownouts and blackouts. Protesting a proposed rate increase by the local utility, Madison Gas & Electric, they made utter fools of themselves, and showed by reliable power from hydrocarbons is the only way to have secure energy supplies. The MacIver...
  • Earth-friendly energy is anything but

    09/30/2014 5:57:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 29, 2014 | Deroy Murdock
    NEW YORK — Environmentalists worship solar energy and wind power as Earth-friendly answers to their ecological prayers. Tortoises, bats, butterflies, and bald eagles beg to differ.Perhaps because solar panels and industrial wind farms lack emissions, they seem “clean.” Despite their pristine appearance, however, these “green” electricity sources hammer Mother Nature — often fatally. Consider the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California’s Mojave Desert. As Carolyn Lochhead wrote in September 7’s San Francisco Chronicle, Ivanpah occupies 3,500 previously untouched federal acres. It features 300,000 mirrors that focus sunlight on three 40-story towers of power. Inside, 900-degree temperatures yield steam, propel...
  • Resident Harmed by Windmills Now on County Planning Commission Which Approved Windmills

    09/24/2014 1:18:47 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/21/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Cary Shineldecker, the homeowner who warned his community that the margin of safety was inadequate at Lake Winds wind plant near Ludington, is now a member of the Mason County Planning Commission. This same commission initially failed to heed his warning but it has learned a lot since then. “What we’re seeing with Cary Shineldecker being appointed to the Mason County Planning Commission is part of a growing pattern,” said Kevon Martis, director of the Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition, a nonprofit organization that is concerned about the construction of wind turbines in the region. “New local politicians are being produced...
  • West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

    09/23/2014 10:36:33 AM PDT · by buffyt · 26 replies
    L A Times ^ | 9/22/2014 | Tony Barboza
    Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found. The analysis challenges assumptions that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been a significant driver of the increase in temperatures observed over many decades in the ocean and along the coastline from Alaska to California. Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific...
  • Climate change alarmists silent on economic damage done by climate change alarmists

    09/23/2014 7:14:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 9-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    As Watchdog.org report Bruce Parker vividly reported Sunday from inside the environmentalist carnival that was the People’s Climate March through midtown Manhattan, this pre-game show to Tuesday’s going-green confab in New York City showcased an array of left-loving characters. His greenness himself, former Vice President Al Gore was in attendance. So was Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio. The vegans, the shamans, the commies, big labor, the socialists, and probably more than a few sociopaths all were on hand at what was billed as the largest climate-related protest in history. Along the parade route, from Central Park West to West 34th Street,...
  • study links changing winds to warming in pacific

    09/22/2014 4:26:28 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 22, 2014 | JEFF BARNARD
    A new study released Monday found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely followed natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming. The study compared ocean surface temperatures from 1900 to 2012 to surface air pressure, a stand-in for wind measurements, and found a close match. "What we found was the somewhat surprising degree to which the winds can explain all the wiggles in the temperature curve," said lead author Jim Johnstone, who did the work while a climatologist at the Joint Institute...
  • Environmental Researcher: Wind Industry Riddled with 'Absolute Corruption'

    09/21/2014 11:50:57 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | James Delingpole
    A Mexican ecologist has blown the whistle on the corruption, lies and incompetence of the wind industry - and on the massive environmental damage it causes in the name of saving the planet. Patricia Mora, a research professor in coastal ecology and fisheries science at the National Institute of Technology in Mexico, has been studying the impact of wind turbines in the Tehuantepec Isthmus in southern Mexico, an environmentally sensitive region which has the highest concentration of wind farms in Latin America.
  • flagship german offshore wind farm project humiliated by technical faults

    09/14/2014 2:44:47 PM PDT · by dennisw · 67 replies
    breitbart. ^ | Sept 12 | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    Germany’s flagship Bard 1 offshore wind farm has been described as “a faulty total system” as technical problems continue to plague the project, casting major doubts on the feasibility of large scale offshore projects. The wind farm was officially turned on in August last year but was shut down again almost immediately due to technical difficulties that have still not been resolved – and now lawyers are getting involved. The wind farm comprises 80 5MW turbines situated 100 km off the north German coastline. The difficulty facing engineers is how to get the electricity generated back to shore. So far,...
  • Wind Turbines but no Power

    09/14/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    The highly touted, government-subsidized, unreliable, intermittent and expensive "alternative power" schemes currently in vogue are nothing but a phenomenal waste of money
  • Black Hills customers 'mad as hell' over proposed rate increase ( Colorado )

    09/13/2014 7:41:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    KRDO ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Michelle San Miguel
    PUEBLO, Colo. - Black Hills executives heard another earful from its customers during a hearing on its proposed rate increase. "I'm mad as hell about these rate increases," said Frank Soudek. "Reasonably priced power. That's what we're asking for," said Lee Gladney. Black Hills wants to increase utility rates by 4 percent starting next year to make up for the construction cost of a wind farm in Huerfano County.
  • Germany's Energy Transition Dream at Risk of Becoming Nightmare

    08/28/2014 8:07:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jon Mainwaring
    Wintershall's head of exploration and production warned Thursday that Germany's 'Energiewende' (or Energy Transition) dream of pursuing an economy powered by the wind and the sun is in danger of turning into a nightmare. Speaking to energy journalists at the ONS exhibition in Stavanger, Norway, Wintershall Executive Director Martin Bachmann said he was concerned about figures recently published by Statistics Norway that showed overall investment in Norway's petroleum sector will drop by EUR 6 billion ($7.9 billion) next year. "That is actually bad news for Europe's security of supply and I think Germany – as the biggest market in Europe...
  • While Vets Died, VA Wasted $400 Million on Green Energy

    08/15/2014 11:11:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Front page ^ | August 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    the insane ways that the VA focused on solar energy and wind towers over vets. Three years before Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be forced out of his job because of the veterans who had died under him, he visited the Massachusetts National Cemetery. He wasn’t there to see the men and women who had died because of him. While vets were dying, Obama and Shinseki had turned their attention to something truly important; seeing to it that all the cemeteries where they were being buried had wind or solar power. ... The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000....
  • Wind Power Requires 700 Times As Much Land As Fracking

    08/15/2014 1:34:20 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 72 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | August 14, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    One of the weirder facts of contemporary life is that “environmentalists” generally prefer wind power to fracking. Unless you suffer from an anti-carbon fetish, there is no comparison, as the Telegraph reports: A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor. … Prof MacKay said that a shale gas site uses less land and “creates the least visual intrusion”, compared with a wind farm or solar farm capable of producing the equivalent amount of energy over 25 years. This...
  • Utility Appeals Wind Turbine Noise Court Ruling

    08/06/2014 6:33:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/3/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Consumers Energy is appealing the 51st Circuit Court ruling that upheld Mason County’s determination that the Lake Winds Energy Plant near Ludington is in violation of the county’s 45-decibel noise ordinance. Arguing that the County’s decision was an “erroneous ruling,” the utility filed a 38-page appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals on July 18. In addition, Consumers Energy is saying that if the ruling by 51st Circuit Court Judge Richard Cooper were allowed to stand, it could have an impact on many other wind turbine plants across the state. “This has implications beyond just Mason County,” Dennis Marvin, spokesman...