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  • Which Kills More Birds? Oil Spills, or Windmills?

    06/18/2015 2:54:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2015 | Kerry Jackson
    Any time there's an oil spill on the water, the media are filled with photos and videos of crude-soaked birds. The coverage is the cue for the self-appointed environmentalist defenders of wildlife to wring their hands and furrow their brows.
  • What Are Gun Laws In Denmark Like? They're Pretty Well Regulated

    02/15/2015 9:55:49 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 2/14/2015 | Chris Tognotti
    Itís been a deeply dark last 24 hours for the city of Copenhagen. First, a free speech debate featuring Danish cartoonist Lars Vilks was assaulted by gunfire, killing one person in whatís been characterized as a retributive attack against Vilksí portrayals of the prophet Muhammad. And second, early Sunday morning local time, yet another shooting has occurred close to a prominent synagogue in central Copenhagen. It brings a familiar question to mind, varyingly asked in times like these: what are Denmarkís gun laws like, and could they have had any bearing on whatís taken place?
  • 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. Michiganís 2008-passed energy law, which created what amounts to a mandate that 10 percent of the stateís 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...
  • Wind Energy Dead in the Water Off Cape Cod

    01/12/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 1/12/2015 | Marita Noon
    Cape Wind, touted as ďAmericaís first offshore wind project,Ē became one of Americaís 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 turbineólet alone produce any electricity. Now, it may be ďdead in the water.Ē 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...
  • Wind PTC is Redistribution to the Rich

    11/03/2014 4:46:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | 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...
  • Environmental Researcher: Wind Industry Riddled with 'Absolute Corruption'

    09/21/2014 11:50:57 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies ^ | 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.
  • When is it perfectly legal to kill a Bald Eagle?

    07/03/2014 7:42:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/03/2014 | Rick Moran
    In their quest to green up America, the Obama administration has given wind farm owners dispensation to kill Bald and Golden Eagles who fly into their turbines and are chopped to pieces. ‚ÄúPreferred energy policy favoring wind produces double standards. Think of the rancor if oil and gas companies were allowed such a government dispensation,‚ÄĚ said Mr. Sandoval. ‚ÄúThirty years represents not only the theoretical life cycle of the turbines themselves, but an eternity in public policy. No other industry is allowed ‚Äėtakings‚Äô permits that last an entire generation.‚ÄĚ If a fossile fuel company were to receive a waiver that...
  • This is why wind energy can neither have nor produce nice things

    05/08/2014 7:44:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies ^ | 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 projectís operation; that lucrative subsidy expired on January 1st of this year, but it wouldnít be the first time ó or the second, or the third Ė 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...
  • The Withering of Wind Power; or Obama's Not a Smart Investor

    03/16/2014 10:24:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | 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...
  • Prairies, Wind Turbines, Solar Panels, and Fried Birds

    11/21/2013 8:14:40 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/21/2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The green energy policy in the United States which requires blending gasoline with ethanol produced from corn has expanded the corn fields to the detriment of prairies. According to AP, more than 1.2 million acres of grassland were lost to the federal requirement of blending gas with 10 percent ethanol, soon to be 15 percent ethanol. These former prairies are now planted with corn and soybeans. The unintended consequence of this green energy policy is the release of more carbon dioxide naturally locked in the soil when the virgin grasslands are plowed, the sky rocketing of corn prices, the scarcity...
  • Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine

    06/28/2013 12:29:09 PM PDT · by Sopater · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 June 2013 | WILL ROBINSON
    There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846. So when one popped up again on British shores this week, twitchers were understandably excited. A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia. But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.
  • Court Decision Could Unplug Green Energy Mandate in Michigan

    06/25/2013 8:39:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2013 | Kevon Martis
    On June 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit delivered a unanimous ruling that may be a death blow to Michigan's renewable energy mandate. Writing for the majority, Judge Richard Posner wrote: "Michigan cannot, without violating the commerce clause of Article I of the Constitution, discriminate against out-of-state renewable energy." That single sentence may throw into jeopardy Michigan's entire renewable energy mandate, Public Act 295, which requires Michigan utilities to generate 10 percent of their electricity from in-state renewable sources by 2015. The problem? Among its competitor states in the region, Michigan is a high-priced wind energy...
  • Wind Farms Warming Texas

    04/29/2012 4:01:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    Discovery News ^ | April 29, 2012 | Eric Niiler
    New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomena that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution. Researchers used satellite data from 2003 to 2011 to examine surface temperatures across as wide swath of west Texas, which has built four of the world's largest wind farms. The data showed a direct correlation between night-time temperatures increases of 0.72 degrees C (1.3 degrees F) and the placement of the farms. "Given the present installed capacity and the projected growth in installation...
  • Costly mandates advance to Colorado House - ACT NOW for affordable electricity

    04/27/2013 1:12:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Colorado Senate Bill 252 and the multibillion-dollar economic burden it would impose on .. Colorado. ... SB 252 is being fast tracked to limit public debate. The bill squeaked through the Senate by just one vote and now will be heard in the House. Coloradans: It's time to contact your representative to say how critical it is to stop this costly bill. ... It will just take a minute or two to make your voice heard and your representative needs to hear from you today.
  • Lawsuit Alleges Wind Power A Threat To Health And Safety

    04/16/2013 5:27:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2013 | Jack Spencer
    A group of 17 Northern Michigan residents have filed a lawsuit claiming a new Consumers Energy wind farm has been making people sick. According to the lawsuit, the $250 million Lake Winds Energy Park wind farm, south of Ludington in Mason County, was built too close to homes. The lawsuit says residents are suffering from dizziness, sleeplessness, headaches and other physical symptoms because of the noise. The 56 turbines (some as far away as a half mile) also are causing vibrations and flickering lights in houses, the lawsuit says. Economic losses are also claimed in the suit. The Shineldecker house...
  • Falmouth, MA, Votes to Take-down wind turbines

    02/26/2013 7:17:18 AM PST · by pabianice · 15 replies
    Fox News Live (no link) | 2/26/13 |
    In April, 2011, Wind 1 went online near Falmouth, MA's waste plant. The 262 feet tall structure -- 10 feet taller than the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown -- has blades that extend almost 400 feet, which is about half the height of the John Hancock Building in Boston, reported WGBH-TV. Complaints started almost immediately. According to Fox, Wind 2 is ready to go online but the town said 'enough is enough.' The 262-foot eyesores have created a storm of protests from residents, many of whom blame numerous health problems on the turbine already in use. The blades' low frequency vibrations...
  • A Lose Lose Proposition Using Obama Logic

    02/13/2013 5:21:18 PM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-13-13 | Skookum
    The Keystone XL Pipeline has been viewed as a means to alleviate several problems: reducing America's dependency upon Middle East Oil, providing a source for America's refining of oil if America ever decides to face reality and challenge the environmentalist insistence against building domestic refineries, lowering the price of fuel at the pump (since increasing pump prices directly influences the price of all domestic products, everything moves by oil), providing employment for many Americans in the construction of the pipeline and at the port, and an assurance of a reliable source of crude (in case we decide to accept reality)....
  • 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...
  • Green Energy Proposals: A Step Backwards

    11/08/2012 5:16:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/6/2012 | Dan Hager
    Proposal 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot, dubbed the ď25 by 25' renewable energy standard, refers to a mandate that would force the stateís utilities to produce 25 percent of their electricity sold from ďrenewableĒ resources by 2025. These resources, as stated on the ballot, include wind power, solar power, biomass and hydropower. A casual glance at this list suggests serious challenges. Water power is under-endowed in Michigan. Biomass evokes the primitivism of bygone England where dwellings required thatched roofs because the woodlands were being ravaged into fuel. Wind power founders because most of the time those giant windmills stand...
  • New Republican ad continues wind assault on King

    09/24/2012 9:18:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | September 21, 2012 | Matthew Stone
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with another ad targeting Angus King and his wind energy business. The spot, titled ďSmooth Operator,Ē asks, ďAngus King got a sweetheart deal for his windmills. What did Mainers get?Ē The spot then features five unidentified residents from the area of the 22-turbine Record Hill wind project in which King and business partner Rob Gardiner held a 10 percent stake until January 2011. They accuse King of profiting from a wind turbine installation thatís changed the area where they live. ďĎWe all need to get used to seeing turbines where we used to...
  • Obama attacks Romney on wind-power in Iowa

    08/14/2012 12:29:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2012 | Kasie Hunt and Ken Thomas
    President Barack Obama assailed rival Mitt Romney's opposition to tax supports for wind power, delivering an Iowa-specific critique Tuesday on the Republican challenger in that crucial Midwestern state. Obama's deputy criticized GOP budget plans to overhaul Medicare, cut trillions of dollars from social programs and lower taxes on high-income taxpayers. Iowa is a center of wind energy production in the United States and the Obama administration credits tax breaks for helping build that industry. Obama has called on Congress to extend the breaks. Romney opposes it. Obama, on the second of a three-day Iowa bus tour, noted that Romney once...
  • Green Energy Mandate Supporter Claims Individuals 'Do Not Have Rights to Quiet'

    07/27/2012 8:06:24 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/24/2012 | Jack Spencer
    People who move to the country don't have a right to a quiet environment, according to the head of one of Michigan's major renewable energy advocacy groups. John Sarver, executive director of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, made the statement in an email to colleagues in February 2011. It was one of numerous emails obtained through a Freedom Of Information Act request pertaining to wind turbine noise level issues in Michigan. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association supports the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs proposal, also called the 25/25 proposal. If passed, the proposal would require 25 percent of Michigan's...
  • Spinniní Blades, Got To Go ĎRound

    05/12/2012 8:52:53 AM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    54į40í Or Fight! ^ | May 11, 2012 | Staff
    The brain trust at the California Department of Fish and Game, having solved all other problems, moved in and confiscated a stuffed wolverine and red-tailed hawk from a bar, some fifty years after theyíd been put on display. Zero tolerance is a wonderful replacement for common sense, and in that bastion of liberalism that is California, it is clear that you can have any kind of sense you want Ė as long as it isnít common.
  • Video: Taxpayers subsidize wind-farm generation Ö and non-generation

    03/08/2012 6:56:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Taxpayers have put out billions in subsidies over the last three years for Barack Obama's green-energy stimulus program, which has produced such success stories as Solyndra, Beacon Power, and Ener1. But what happens when taxpayers subsidize efforts that actually produce electricity? As people in the Pacific Northwest have discovered, they end up subsidizing green-power generation -- and non-generation: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest ‚ÄĒ built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced ‚ÄĒ are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the...
  • Another Global Warming Oops Moment

    02/06/2012 1:16:48 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 16 replies
    Today we have yet another example of what was unintended, but probably could have been seen coming had our government know-it-alls not been blinded by their ideological mission. We call these Global Warming Oops Moments. Thereís no shortage of them. ďWhile President Barack Obama is touting clean energy such as wind farms, a group of American scientists are raising alarm bells that wind turbines increase the effects of global warming, as well as killing birds that fall prey to the deadly spinning blades,Ē says an item from
  • 14,000 abandoned wind turbines

    11/19/2011 12:59:33 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11-19-11 | Don Surber
    As Jimi Hendrix may have put it: ďAnd the wind cries bankruptÖĒ Minnesotans for Global Warming report that in the last 30 years, the United States has had 14,000 wind turbines abandoned. Apparently, once the subsidies and the wind run out, these 20-story high Cuisinarts are de-bladed and retired. This means more bats and migratory birds will live. From Minnesotans for Global Warming: ďThe symbol of Green renewable energy, our savior from the non existent problem of Global Warming, abandoned wind farms are starting to litter the planet as globally governments cut the subsidies taxes that consumers pay for the...
  • Dutch fall out of love with windmills

    11/20/2011 6:01:20 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 16, 2011
    When the Netherlands built its first sea-based wind turbines in 2006, they were seen as symbols of a greener future. ... But five years later the green future looks a long way off. Faced with the need to cut its budget deficit, the Dutch government says offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour -- some 4.5 billion euros last year. The government now plans to transfer the financial burden to households and industrial consumers
  • Wind Farms Disrupting Radar, Scientists Say

    11/05/2011 12:54:18 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies ^ | November 05, 2011 | unattributed
    This one's really off the radar. Wind farms, along with solar power and other alternative energy sources, are supposed to produce the energy of tomorrow. Evidence indicates that their countless whirring fan blades produce something else: "blank spots" that distort radar readings. Now government agencies that depend on radar -- such as the Department of Defense and the National Weather Service -- are spending millions in a scramble to preserve their detection capabilities. A four-star Air Force general recently spelled out the problem to Dave Beloite, the director of the Department of Defenseís Energy Siting Clearinghouse. "Look thereís a radar...
  • Germany to Invest $137 Billion in Renewable energy Over the Next Five Years

    10/19/2011 4:06:11 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies ^ | 19/10/2011 | John Daly
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on 30 May that Germany, the world's fourth-largest economy and Europe's biggest, would shutter all of its 17 nuclear power plants between 2015 and 2022, an extraordinary commitment, given that they currently produce about 28 percent of the country's electricity. Underlining the governmentís seriousness in changing the countryís energy matrix, Germany's Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (German Development Bank) is to underwrite renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in Germany with $137.3 billion over the next five years, Germany Trade and Invest reported. Overall, the German government's 6th Energy Research Program has made an extraordinary $274.6 billion...
  • Wind farms: the monuments to lunacy that will be left to blot the landscape ( UK )

    09/11/2011 6:52:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10 Sep 2011 | Christopher Booker
    These pointless monstrosities will continue to proliferate until the Government sees sense. Three separate news items on the same day last week reflected three different aspects of what is fast becoming a full-scale disaster bearing down on Britain. The first item was a picture in The Daily Telegraph showing two little children forlornly holding a banner reading ďE.On Hands Off WinwickĒ. This concerned a battle to prevent a tiny Northamptonshire village from being dwarfed by seven 410-foot wind turbines, each higher than Salisbury Cathedral, to be built nearby by a giant German-owned electricity firm. The 40 residents, it was reported,...
  • Wind-Turbine Maker That Obama Praised Files for Bankruptcy

    08/05/2011 2:44:34 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Industry Week ^ | 7/1/11 | Josh Cable
    "Renewable energy isn't something pie in the sky," Obama said during a speech at Cardinal. "It's not part of a far-off future. It's happening all across America right now. " ... It can create millions of new jobs and entire new industries if we act right now." Jeff Grabner, vice president and head of the company's wind business, told the Plain Dealer earlier in the week that Cardinal had been losing business to European suppliers who had underbid Cardinal, forcing the company to trim its workforce by 15 employees a year ago.
  • A New Study Takes The Wind Out Of Wind Energy

    07/20/2011 11:45:40 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 41 replies · 1+ views ^ | 07.19.11 | Robert Bryce
    Reality has overtaken green hope. Facts are pesky things. And they're particularly pesky when it comes to the myths about the wind energy business. For years, it's been an article of faith among advocates of renewables that increased use of wind energy can provide a cost-effective method of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The reality: wind energy's carbon dioxide-cutting benefits are vastly overstated. Furthermore, if wind energy does help reduce carbon emissions, those reductions are too expensive to be used on any kind of scale. Those are the findings of an exhaustive new study, released today, by Bentek Energy, a Colorado-based...
  • Wind Farm Madness

    07/04/2011 5:02:55 AM PDT · by radioone · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7-3-11 | Steve McCann
    The futility of squandering money on wind farms has been laid bare by the United Kingdom's new budget for windmill construction. Christopher Booker of the U.K. Telegraph in his column yesterday highlighted the folly that is ongoing in the United Kingdom and Europe; he writes: In the week when it was reported that 20 per cent of the EU's fast-soaring, trillion-euro [US$ 1.4 Trillion] budget may soon be spent on "fighting climate change", it was timely that Britain's energy companies should have met with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to raise one of the best-hidden secrets of our...
  • 'The Obama code': Hidden messages in birth document? Computer experts find anomalies embedded

    05/22/2011 5:54:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 113 replies
    wnd ^ | 5/22/11 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK Ė Recalling Dan Brown's bestselling novel "The Da Vinci Code," computer experts have discovered strange anomalies in the Obama birth record released by the White House. They include a different birth registration number that shows up in "hidden text," remnants of the short-form certificate apparently bleeding through the long-form and a "smiley face" in the registrar's stamp that does not show up on other recently issued Hawaii birth records. Curiously, in a simple process run by Optical Character Recognition software that reveals hidden text, the registration number 10611 turns up, instead of 10641, the number displayed on the...
  • Scotland's wind farms 'often able only to boil 6,667 kettles'

    04/06/2011 6:31:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies ^ | 7 Apr 2011 | John Ross
    WIND farms are much less efficient than the industry claims, according to new research. A report produced for the conservation charity the John Muir Trust (JMT) says turbines are producing below 10 per cent of capacity for more than a third of the time. It claims that for extended periods, all the wind turbines in Scotland linked to the National Grid produce less than 20MW of energy - just enough power for 6,667 households to boil their kettles. Helen McDade, JMT's head of policy, said: "This report is a real eye-opener for anyone who's been wondering how much power Scotland...
  • A Less Mighty Wind - Three reasons wind power could wane

    01/27/2011 8:20:43 PM PST · by Kirkwood · 25 replies
    ieee spectrum ^ | January 2011 | Peter Fairley
    Wind turbines wring energy out of a free-flowing fuel ≠supply that may be losing some of its punch. Surface winds appear to be weakening across the Northern Hemisphere, including in the United States, Western Europe, and Chinaóthe world's top three markets for wind power. And climate change threatens to weaken them further during this century as faster warming over northern ≠latitudes trims the temperature gradients that energize airflows.
  • Pickens Plan no longer features wind energy

    12/14/2010 6:26:42 PM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    msnbc ^ | 12/14/2010 | By Jennifer Alsever
    Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens' TV commercials blasted the airwaves in 2008 with his big idea to get America off foreign oil imports: natural gas and wind energy. Two years later, letís just make that natural gas. Since the billionaireís plans for the worldís largest wind farm fell apart in the Texas Panhandle, Pickens has edited his much-hyped ďPickens PlanĒ to focus primarily on his other big business interest: natural gas. Touting 1.7 million Pickens Plan supporters, heís now pushing Congress to pass legislation that would offer incentives to convert 18-wheelers and fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas,...
  • Solar Aero's bladeless wind turbine

    07/31/2010 9:04:59 AM PDT · by Abathar · 51 replies · 2+ views ^ | May 4, 2010 | Philip Proefrock
    A research company in New Hampshire recently announced the patent of their bladeless wind turbine, which is based on a patent issued to Nikola Tesla in 1913. The Fuller Wind Turbine developed by Solar Aero has only one rotating part, the turbine-driveshaft. The entire assembly is contained inside a housing, so that this turbine offers several advantages versus blade-style (primarily horizontal-axis type) turbines. With a screened inlet and outlet, this turbine does not present a danger to wildlife such as bats and birds. To an outside observer, the only movement visible is the entire turbine housing as it adjusts to...
  • Wind, Trains Power Siemens' Future in the U.S.

    06/24/2010 10:42:54 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 6 replies
    Industry Week ^ | June 24, 2010 | Jonathan Katz
    Public and private partnerships could be the wind that pushes the company forward in the race for high-speed rail and alternative energy in the United States.German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG is betting that the United States will become a prime market for high-speed rail and renewable energy as the nation tries to lessen its dependence on fossil fuels. Part of the company's success in these areas will depend on what happens in Washington. But government support alone won't fuel future growth in high-speed rail, says Daryl Dulaney, CEO of Siemens Industry Inc. "To make high-speed rail happen, it needs a...
  • The Greatest Ecological Disaster In The History of The US And Obama Tells Us We Need Windmills

    06/17/2010 8:50:25 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 35 replies · 690+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-17-10 | Skookum
    The Gulf Oil Spill has at least allowed Obama to make good on one of his campaign promises: he has managed to unite the country, the country is now more united than it has been in years; of course, we are united against the foolish Progressive Agenda of the Clown in Chief. †Even the most dedicated Socialists and the most fervent Obama ideologues are realizing that Obama has neither the ability nor the experience to guide a country through this disaster or any other emergency. †Rather than seeking solutions to our immediate problems, he is advancing the energy agenda...
  • Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers

    06/07/2010 9:23:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 78 replies · 198+ views
    Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers Tiffany Kaiser - June 7, 2010 11:51 AM A recent study in Klickitat County, Washington shows that active wind farms in Washington and Oregon kill more than 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats annually. Biologist Orah Zamora works for West, Inc., an ecological field study company, monitors the Windy Flats project, one of the largest wind farms in the United States. Zamora looks for dead birds and bats that have been severed by the spinning blades of the surrounding wind turbines in order to conduct survey's to observe how wind-power development is affecting birds. "It's...
  • Going "Green"

    05/26/2010 6:18:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 662+ views ^ | May 26, 2010 | John Stossel
    I ride my bike to work. It seems so pure. We're constantly urged to "go green" -- use less energy, shrink our carbon footprint, save the Earth. How? We should drive less, use ethanol, recycle plastic and buy things with the government's Energy Star label. But what if much of going green is just bunk? Al Gore's group, Repower America, claims we can replace all our dirty energy with clean, carbon-free renewables. Gore says we can do it within 10 years. "It's simply not possible," says Robert Bryce, author of "Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy." "Nine out of...
  • Plans announced for Lake Erie wind farm

    05/24/2010 11:26:00 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 34 replies · 595+ views
    WHIO ^ | Monday, May. 24, 2010 | ???
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- General Electric and a regional development group say they plan to create the world's first freshwater wind farm, in Lake Erie offshore from Cleveland. GE and the Cleveland-based nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, or LEEDCo, today announced a partnership that will begin with the construction of five wind turbines in the lake that will generate 20 megawatts of power by 2012. Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason led a task force that created LEEDCo. He says the electricity produced by the turbines will be enough to power as many as 7,000 homes. Mason says the wind farm...
  • Windmills Power Controversy on Great Lakes

    04/21/2010 6:09:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 35 replies · 752+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/21/2010 | Tom Gantert
    What's 410 feet tall, makes a humming sound and could be at a lake near you soon? Answer: Wind turbines ó an alternative source of power that is creating a stir on both sides of the state. Lake St. Clair is the latest target for 160 wind turbines, according to State Rep. Timothy Bledsoe, D-Grosse Pointe Farms. Bledsoe has scheduled a community forum on May 3 to discuss the impact the wind turbines will have on the lake. Bledsoe said the turbines are as tall as a 40-story building and 50-plus turbines will be clustered together in each field. He...
  • Chortling At Chu

    03/12/2010 5:07:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 957+ views ^ | March 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Future Fuels: Our secretary of energy pushes bio-refineries and windmills to oil executives at an energy conference as the administration announces a three-year offshore drilling ban. This is a policy for economic suicide. They don't qualify as an official group of victims, but carbon-Americans, as they have been called, did not have much to cheer about last week, when Energy Secretary Steven Chu addressed CERAWeek 2010, a premier industry conference hosted by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. With an economy struggling to regain sound footing, Chu advocated a starvation diet devoid of additional fossil fuels that are to remain under...
  • Alliant Energy seeks 13.8 percent rate increase

    03/09/2010 10:50:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies · 503+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 03/09/2010 | David DeWitte
    Alliant Energyís Iowa customers will be seeing higher bills this month to pay for the utilityís investments in green energy. The utility plans to ask state regulators for a 13.8 percent, $163 million annual rate increase today to pay for a new $468 million wind farm, and to improve its ability to transmit energy from renewable sources. The 200-megawatt Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County is the first owned by Alliantís Interstate Power & Light utility. It began operating in December, and has enough capacity to serve about 150,000 homes at full output. Improving the transmission grid to enable...
  • Stimulating Green Jobs For China

    02/11/2010 5:32:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 737+ views ^ | February 11, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: When even Chuck Schumer is upset with the White House, you know something's amiss. In this case, it's news that efforts to boost wind power with taxpayer stimulus dollars are filling foreign coffers and creating foreign jobs. According to the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Investment Act has been spent on wind power. The goal was to further energy independence while creating American jobs. It has done neither. Of the money spent, according to the report, nearly 80% has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines. "In all...
  • Wind Mills: Not Spinning, Not Creating Jobs

    02/09/2010 12:08:14 AM PST · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 565+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 2, 2010 | Nick Loris
    The cold weather is creating a number of unintended consequences for new energy designs. First, snow accumulating on LED traffic light bulbs wouldn’t melt because the lights failed to heat up resulting in car accidents, and in some instances, death. In Minnesota, the weather resulted in wind turbines freezing and thus not turning even if it is windy. This local news story has the details: But that’s not the only problem with wind power. It’s not the economic savior the government thought it would be. The stimulus money is failing to create the clean energy jobs the White House said...
  • When Windmills Donít Spin, People Expect Some Answers

    02/05/2010 7:48:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 71 replies · 1,971+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 5, 2010 | MONICA DAVEY
    For those who suspect residents in places like Minnesota of embellishment when it comes to their tales of bitterly cold winter weather, consider this: even some wind turbines, it seems, cannot bear it. Turbines, more than 100 feet tall, were installed last year in 11 Minnesota cities to provide power, and also to serve as educational symbols in a state that has mandated that a quarter of its electricity come from renewable resources by 2025. One problem, though: The windmills, supposed to go online this winter, mostly just sat still, people in cities like North St. Paul and Chaska said,...
  • When Windmills Donít Spin (in the Minnesota winter), People Expect Some Answers

    02/05/2010 10:38:45 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 1,109+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 4, 2010 | Monica Davey
    <p>For those who suspect residents in places like Minnesota of embellishment when it comes to their tales of bitterly cold winter weather, consider this: even some wind turbines, it seems, cannot bear it.</p> <p>Turbines, more than 100 feet tall, were installed last year in 11 Minnesota cities to provide power, and also to serve as educational symbols in a state that has mandated that a quarter of its electricity come from renewable resources by 2025.</p>