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  • 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....
  • William and the Windmill {6 Min Video }

    10/12/2013 12:08:16 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 10 replies
    "William and the Windmill tells the story of how William Kamkwamba built a power-generating windmill from junk parts to rescue his family from famine, as well as the subsequent changes in his life and village as a result of his invention."...This 14 year old in a third world country was tired of going to bed when the sun went down every night because his family had no electricity. Digging thru junk piles he assembled a windmill that turned a bike generator to power lights and radios for his house.... Invited to T.E.D. convention in Tanzania, wealthy donors asked what he...
  • Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

    01/31/2013 4:31:41 AM PST · by Salman · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 31st January 2013 | Andrew Orlowski
    Former climate change alarmist Dr James Lovelock, famous for popularising the "Gaia" metaphor, continues his journey back to rationality. Lovelock is objecting to a "medium sized" (240ft high) erection planned for his neighbourhood in North Devon by infamous windfarm operator Ecotricity. The UK currently has 3,000 onshore turbines and 6,000 are planned: this is the main reason why electricity bills are soaring out of control in order to pay for the inefficient, highly expensive windmills. Lovelock calls the runaway windmill building "industrial vandalism". In an objection to the planning application made to Tiverton council, Lovelock points out that one nuclear...
  • IF; As AGW Proponents Say "It's AGW", How are the Wind Mills going to Fair?

    10/28/2012 1:27:36 PM PDT · by dila813 · 13 replies
    Today | Freepers
    IF; As AGW Proponents Say "It's AGW", How are the Wind Mills going to Fair? If these people are so smart (OBAMA) in promoting wind power, what are going to happen to all these wind mills when the storms hit?
  • State Officials Don't Like Scientists Report on Windmill Noise; Write Their Own Rules

    07/07/2012 4:24:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2012 | Jack Spencer
    A panel of experts who were appointed to work toward noise level guidelines for wind turbines in Michigan had their work discarded when state bureaucrats didn't like what the panel was coming up with and made up their own rules instead. As a result, there is now no specific state recommended decibel level limit for wind turbines. This means wind turbines can operate at 55 dBA (decibels adjusted to reflect the ear's response to sound), which is the standard Michigan had followed for at least two years. The panel was promoting reducing that level to 40 dBA...
  • Longview man with windmill takes city to task over charges

    05/10/2012 7:25:10 PM PDT · by Baynative · 42 replies
    KATUnews.com ^ | 5/10/2012 | Thom Jensen,
    LONGVIEW, Wash. – Ken Spring of Longview says he does everything by the book. He said all the buildings on his neatly tended property in Cowlitz County are permitted and he always tries to abide by the law. But he also said he is willing to fight to keep a newly built, 30-foot tall windmill on his land. “You'll find this hard to believe, but I'll die for that,” he said as the windmill spun around overhead. “I am fed up.”
  • [NY] City unveils plan for first solar and wind farm

    03/21/2012 5:51:12 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 14 replies
    Crain's NY (free registration reqd) ^ | March 20, 2012 | Jeremy Smerd
    The Bloomberg administration asks private companies to design, build and operate a renewable energy plant on 75 acres of the former Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island. --- Earlier this month, the city proposed turning garbage into energy. Now it wants to turn a former garbage heap on Staten Island into an energy farm. The city is asking private companies to design, build and operate a wind and solar farm on 75 acres of the former Fresh Kills Landfill, Deputy Mayor for Operations Caswell Holloway announced at a Crain's forum Tuesday morning. It would be the first commercial-grade operation of...
  • Keller district campus is plenty green, but what about that wind turbine?

    12/30/2011 7:03:05 AM PST · by texas booster · 7 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 | DAVE LIEBER
    The story behind a story is often more interesting, but too often, we forget to ask questions needed to learn it.An example: The Keller school district is rightfully proud of its energy-efficient Timberview Middle School off Old Denton Road in Fort Worth. With its fruit and vegetable garden, geothermal heating and air conditioning, rooftop solar panels, white roof to absorb less heat, and waterless urinals, the year-old structure is billed as a school of the future .... Another component of the campus is its lone wind turbine, next to the athletic field by the concession building. Paid for with voter-approved...
  • Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare bat

    10/18/2011 11:47:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Tribune-Democrat ^ | 10/17/11 | Kathy Mellott
    Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare batKathy Mellott - The Tribune-Democrat October 17, 2011 LILLY — Night operation of the windmills in the North Allegheny Windpower Project has been halted following discovery of a dead Indiana bat under one of the turbines, an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. The finding marks only the second location where an Indiana bat has been found dead under a wind turbine. Two Indiana bats were found under turbines in the Mid-west, said Clint Riley, supervisor for Fish and Wildlife’s Pennsylvania field office. “While finding the dead...
  • Pipestone wind-turbine blade maker hit with hefty penalty

    08/04/2011 3:36:34 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 20 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-4-11 | Dennis Lien
    A Pipestone wind-turbine blade manufacturing plant has been hit with a $490,000 civil penalty for a series of air quality, hazardous waste and stormwater violations. In a court settlement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last month, Suzlon Rotor Corp. agreed to settle the violations by paying the penalty and by completing corrective actions at its southwestern Minnesota plant. The consent decree was entered July 7 in Pipestone County District Court. The problems stem from a 2009 MPCA inspection, which found that sandblasting operations there far exceeded emissions standards for airborne particles. In addition, the agency determined the company failed...
  • Wind turbine starts up in Euclid (Ohio) above Lincoln Electric Co. ($5.9 Million)

    07/10/2011 3:52:26 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 61 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | June 27, 2011 | A. John
    Lincoln Electric is giving $4.5 million to help start Wind turbine manufacturing in Cleveland. EUCLID, Ohio -- The sprawling blades on Ohio's largest wind turbine started turning 278 feet above the headquarters of Lincoln Electric this weekend in Euclid. Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik said Sunday that he anticipates this as only the beginning of his city's place in becoming a symbol of clean alternative energy. "We have a lot more planned," Cervenik said of the massive wind turbines. "We're hoping this is the start of putting Euclid among the leaders in the nation." Toward the end of the summer,...
  • Cape Wind backers blew right by cost (by $2.5 billion)

    10/10/2010 5:42:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies · 2+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 10, 2010 | Beth Daley
    Amid the maelstrom of controversy over the nation’s first offshore wind farm, one truth is as plain as the proposed 440-foot turbines in Nantucket Sound are tall: Its energy will be very expensive. That’s not just compared with power from coal and natural gas, but with renewable power from other sources. Once the 130 turbines begin rotating, the energy produced will cost up to 50 percent more than energy today from some land-based wind farms and twice as much as some hydroelectric dams. The cost will increase customers’ monthly electric bills about 2 percent, and for many that is too...
  • For Those Near, the Miserable Hum of Clean Energy

    10/06/2010 8:21:29 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 5, 2010
    VINALHAVEN, Me. — Like nearly all of the residents on this island in Penobscot Bay, Art Lindgren and his wife, Cheryl, celebrated the arrival of three giant wind turbines late last year. That was before they were turned on.“In the first 10 minutes, our jaws dropped to the ground,” Mr. Lindgren said. “Nobody in the area could believe it. They were so loud.” Now, the Lindgrens, along with a dozen or so neighbors living less than a mile from the $15 million wind facility here, say the industrial whoosh-and-whoop of the 123-foot blades is making life in this otherwise tranquil...
  • Sestak Screws Up

    09/03/2010 4:42:40 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 16 replies
    Sestak screws up. OK, that's one of those phrases that you could copy to a clipboard from which to paste into a story for convenience sake but yesterday Pennsylvania's 7th District Congressman and Democrat nominee for U.S senate has admitted to doing so, which makes it a bit more newsworthy than normal. Joe Sestak has announced that he erred in seeking to send $350,000 in taxpayer money to the Thomas Paine Foundation, which is an organization owned by Drew Devitt aimed at promoting the cause of atheism, to design a new kind of windmill which would be built by New...
  • Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

    08/17/2010 4:57:49 PM PDT · by SteamShovel · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Wind Blog ^ | August 4, 2010 | Glen Estill
    James Hoggan and Richard Littlemore have written a powerful book exposing the efforts of the fossil industries to confuse the public and policy makers about the science of climate change. After all, if there is scientific doubt about climate change – either the causes, or the effects – then we don’t really have to do anything, do we? “This is a story of betrayal, a story of selfishness, greed, and irresponsibility on an epic scale.” The book exposes the public relations techniques used, the players, and the funding. It is a warning to all about media manipulation, and it is...
  • How much power does it take to run a wind turbine?

    08/17/2010 4:06:15 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 81 replies
    Machine Design ^ | 8/10/2010 | Leland Teschler
    Jerry Graf is a concerned citizen who happens to have a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He recently read an item in his local paper about a school district that contemplated investing over a quarter million dollars in roof-top wind turbines. “There was a quote from someone in charge of school facilities that indicated they had no idea how much electricity the turbines would actually generate. As I got further into the details myself, I realized the turbines would actually produce next to nothing,” he says. Wind boosters open themselves up to skepticism about their industry’s viability when they don’t...
  • A home-made wind turbine video

    03/13/2010 6:43:44 AM PST · by 7jason · 37 replies · 1,405+ views
    YouTube ^ | 3-9-2010 | RabidBlood
    Homemade wind turbine1.mov
  • CA: Out of control windmill prompts highway closures

    05/03/2009 5:21:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 2,362+ views
    A fast spinning windmill appeared "out of control," and threatened traffic on the highway between Los Angeles County's high desert and the San Joaquin Valley, a CHP dispatcher in Bakersfield said today. The CHP dispatcher said the windmill is spinning too fast and might fly apart, which is why Highway 58 in the Tehachapi Pass was closed down both directions between Mojave and about 45 miles north of Lancaster and Tehachapi. The malfunctioning electric generator is one of thousands of windmills installed along both sides of Highway 58 in Tehachapi Pass. Traffic was being detoured onto parallel county roads. Traffic...
  • Which Way Is the Wind Blowing?

    07/08/2008 12:12:33 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies · 127+ views
    online.barrons.com ^ | By MIKE HOGAN
    Finding direction in wind. T. BOONE PICKENS KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT THE ENERGY business, and right now he's really, really into wind. His private firm, Mesa Power, is buying leases in the American heartland for a massive wind-power project whose first phase includes about 700 windmills on 400,000 acres near Pampa, Tex. By its completion in 2014, Pampa should be the world's largest wind farm, generating enough electricity to light 1.3 million homes. The legendary Texas oil man isn't alone. Some $9 billion of new wind projects boosted U.S. wind-power-generation capacity 46% last year. That, says a U.S. Department of Energy...
  • A New Plan for Clean Water: One Windmill Pump per Village

    03/04/2008 5:35:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 489+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek, USA
    FOB HAMMER — To assess the water production of two windmill-powered ground water pumps in Narhwan, leaders from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) and Multi-National Corps – Iraq (MNC-I) visited two villages, March 1. The first stop for Col. Ryan Kuhn, deputy commanding officer for 3rd HBCT, and Maj. Chris Hempel, agricultural officer from MNC-I Civil-Military Operations Cell, was the village of al Zatia, where they met with the head contractor for both windmill projects. Analyzing the windmill-powered pumps’ capability to produce clean water led him to consider using the pumps for irrigation, Hempel, from Elizabeth, N.J., said. After...
  • Windmill With A Twist Can Provide Fresh Water From Seawater Directly

    03/03/2008 6:31:53 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 353+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-3-2008 | Delft University of Technology
    Windmill With A Twist Can Provide Fresh Water From Seawater DirectlyThe first prototype has been built and is already working at a location near the A13 motorway near Delft. This prototype is to be dismantled and transported to Curaçao the first week of March. There the concept will be tested on seawater. (Credit: Image courtesy of Delft University of Technology) ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2008) — A traditional windmill which drives a pump: that is the simple concept behind the combination of windmill/reverse osmosis developed by the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands. In this case, it involves...
  • Windmill/turbine going wild and finally breaking

    03/03/2008 5:52:19 PM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies · 247+ views
    YouTube ^ | February 22, 2008 | Reserveret
    A windmill in Hornslet near Aarhus (Denmark) broke its brakes and a storm made it break.
  • O'Malley weighs western windmills (MD)

    12/07/2007 11:12:45 AM PST · by JZelle · 11 replies · 597+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-7-07 | Metro
    BALTIMORE — The O"Malley administration says it is considering leasing hundreds of forested acres atop two of Western Maryland"s highest ridges to wind-power developers to be cleared for giant turbines. The plan stirred fresh debate between those who favor wind power development and those who fear that the 40-story windmills will hurt the region"s ecology and tourist appeal. The proposal was initiated about two years ago by U.S. Wind Force, a private developer based near Pittsburgh that wants to lease about 400 acres in the Potomac and Savage River state forests so it can erect about 100 wind turbines. The...
  • Tilting at windmills

    11/17/2006 2:07:48 PM PST · by thackney · 20 replies · 569+ views
    The Economist ^ | November 17th 2006 | The Economist
    The clean-energy business is turning into the next big investment boom, in which risks are lightly brushed aside UNTIL recently, recalls Charlie Gay, a 30-year veteran of the solar-power business, venture capitalists were far too busy catering to captains of the information-technology industry to waste time on “hippy-dippy tree-huggers” like himself. But now the tree-huggers are in the ascendant and the IT barons are busy investing in clean-energy technology. Among them is Vinod Khosla, a celebrated Silicon Valley financier. He is touting ethanol as the next big thing. Applied Materials, where Mr Gay works, has branched out from flat screens...
  • Religion drama plays out in St. Lucie (FL) schools

    10/09/2006 4:23:36 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 10 replies · 441+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 10/9/06 | Teresa Lane
    The same week Principal Bernadette Floyd axed a penguin Christmas play she deemed religious, 200 public high school students from three counties sang about Jesus in an honors choir in Fort Pierce — a dichotomy some say proves the St. Lucie County School District needs a countywide policy on religion in the schools. "How can one principal say penguins and Santa are religious, and another principal says it's OK to sing Christian music?" said Windmill Point Elementary parent Mary Anne Bender, whose 10-year-old daughter, Kayla Vance, lost her lead role as Mrs. Claus when the after-school play was canceled. "Our...
  • Greenpeace takes Kennedy to task

    04/26/2006 11:35:57 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 14 replies · 598+ views
    Cape Code Times ^ | April 24, 2006 | KEVIN DENNEHY
    You'd expect Greenpeace to lampoon plenty of politicians as enemies of the environment. But Ted Kennedy? Sure enough, the activist group known for its flair for drama hammers the liberal Bay State senator - and Cape Wind opponent - in new ads being shown in states nationwide in the days leading up to a congressional vote that could doom the Nantucket Sound wind farm. In the 30-second spot, a cartoon Kennedy looms over the water like a Japanese movie monster, pounding wind turbines as they sprout from the water, and barks, ''I might see them from my mansion on the...
  • Wind turbine not aesthetic but economical

    11/27/2005 8:54:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 333+ views
    http://www.avpress.com/n/26/1126_s7.hts ^ | November 26, 2005 | ALISHA SEMCHUCK
    PALMDALE - Motorists usually speed past a once-controversial, 230-foot structure near Avenue S and Sierra Highway, and pedestrians seldom cross its path. A year after what some called an eyesore was constructed, no one seems to pay attention. Or at least the heated dialogue has cooled over the towering turbine that saves almost $100,000 a year for the Palmdale Water District. Either way, the city's Planning Commission has not received any more calls from agitated residents condemning the 950-kilowatt wind turbine, which rises close to Lake Palmdale and the water treatment plant, according to Asoka Herath, assistant director of planning...
  • Change is blowing for wind power industry

    08/18/2005 6:51:53 AM PDT · by repinwi · 22 replies · 679+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug. 11, 2005 | John W. Schoen
    Technology helps wind compete head-to-head with fossil fuels Even with oil prices marching toward $70 a barrel, most alternative energy sources require heavy federal subsidies to allow producers to turn a profit. Wind power, though it still enjoys subsidies, is one of the few that is becoming economically competitive in its own right -- thanks to rising electric power costs in many parts of the world and technological advances in the design and manufacture of wind turbines. < snip > Cape Wind is well on its way to building an $800 million, 420-megawatt, 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound offshore...
  • Change is blowing for wind power industry

    08/18/2005 6:46:39 AM PDT · by repinwi · 21 replies · 490+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug. 11, 2005 | John W. Schoen
    Technology helps wind compete head-to-head with fossil fuels Even with oil prices marching toward $70 a barrel, most alternative energy sources require heavy federal subsidies to allow producers to turn a profit. Wind power, though it still enjoys subsidies, is one of the few that is becoming economically competitive in its own right -- thanks to rising electric power costs in many parts of the world and technological advances in the design and manufacture of wind turbines. < snip > Cape Wind is well on its way to building an $800 million, 420-megawatt, 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound offshore...
  • Artist to Re-Create Destroyed Buddhas

    08/08/2005 3:37:23 PM PDT · by anymouse · 19 replies · 734+ views
    Yahoo & Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2005 | Solvej Schou
    When the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan destroyed two 1,600-year-old Buddha statues lining Bamiyan Valley's soaring cliffs, the world shook with shock at the demise of such huge archaeological treasures. Now, artist Hiro Yamagata plans to commemorate the towering Buddhas by projecting multicolored laser images onto the clay cliffsides where the figures once stood, about 80 miles west of Kabul. "I'm doing a fine art piece. That's my purpose — not for human rights, or for supporting religion or a political statement," said the 58-year-old artist, whose other laser works include a current display at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao,...
  • Windmill Crippled in High Winds (Pics)

    04/01/2005 1:06:26 PM PST · by BJungNan · 137 replies · 4,634+ views
    GoGov.com ^ | April 1, 2005 | GoGov
    Tower workers inspecting the damage to the wind mill said the 50,000 pound wind turbine would be left as is and to fall on its own. Removing it, they said, would be too dangerous. The wind farm is located 10 miles north of Palm Springs, California.
  • GE workers work for wind: Lynn plant will benefit from project off Cape Cod (Unions vs. Dems!)

    02/19/2005 11:39:33 AM PST · by DTogo · 22 replies · 428+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2-19-2005 | Jay Fitzgerald
    Blue-collar General Electric workers in Lynn have launched a campaign to support a planned Nantucket Sound wind farm project vehemently opposed by many of the rich and famous residents of Cape Cod and the islands. Leaders of the IUE-CWA Local 201, which represents 2,500 workers at GE's Riverworks plant, are passing out petitions and meeting with lawmakers in an effort to promote wind energy and possibly create hundreds of manufacturing jobs in Lynn. GE, via its wind-energy unit, is in line to land the more-than-$200 million contract to build the 130 giant wind turbines for the proposed project, spearheaded by...
  • Enviro Leaders Demand Resignation of Top Official in Md. (more Eco-hypocrisy)

    12/28/2004 8:29:10 AM PST · by DTogo · 6 replies · 495+ views
    Energy Central ^ | 12-27-04 | US Newswire
    Leading environmental advocates in Maryland today called for the immediate resignation of Sierra Club's most powerful official in Maryland, citing the official's blatant suppression of scientific data that likely shows a wind farm in western Maryland poses no threat whatsoever to migratory bird populations. Dan Boone, Conservation Chair of the Maryland Sierra Club, has repeatedly refused to release the results of a bird study conducted in Garrett County, Maryland by a team of noted ornithology experts that Boone picked himself. The study data has been available since last spring, but Boone has rebuffed repeated requests by bird advocates and other...
  • Windmills Sow Dissent for Environmentalists

    06/05/2003 2:07:38 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 237+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 5, 2003 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Vincent Collins, a lawyer from nearby Morgantown, has been vacationing in this scenic area for 35 years. A few years ago, he bought a 1.2-acre lot near here and planned to build a house on it. But once he saw the windmills, and learned of plans for more, he scrapped that dream. Soaring above the treetops are 44 sleek white steel cylinders, 228 feet high. Churning on each tower are three glinting fiberglass blades, 115 feet long. Like quills on a porcupine, they spike the emerald spine of Backbone Mountain for six miles along the Allegheny Front. They have also...
  • Environmentalists clash over wind farm plan (Many environmentalists object to wind power)

    07/11/2002 9:51:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies · 378+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/11/2002 | Patricia Nealon
    <p>HYANNIS - For decades it's been a favorite of environmentalists in search of cleaner, cheaper, renewable forms of energy: harnessing the power of the wind to generate electricity. Offshore wind farms, fueled by an endless supply of blustery raw material, surely could supplant fossil fuels, particularly along the gusty coastline of New England.</p>