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  • Is 100 Percent Renewable Energy Possible?

    05/25/2018 6:47:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/25/2018 | Norman Rogers
    The people who are best described as members of a renewable energy cult are lately promoting the idea that we should run the country on 100% renewable energy, whatever that is. I say "whatever that is" because different branches of the cult have different definitions of renewable energy. It seems to be a matter of fashion and prejudice. One definition of renewable energy is that it is naturally replenished on a human timescale. Solar energy and wind energy fit in nicely with that definition. Most fans of renewable energy explicitly reject renewable hydroelectricity if it involves damming a river. Most...
  • Phone records link wind industry group to political consultant who had Oklahoma legislator tracked

    05/08/2018 11:54:23 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 16 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | May 6, 2018 | Nolan Clay
    The OSBI has found new evidence linking a wind energy group to the political consultant who had a state legislator tracked, The Oklahoman has learned. "It's pretty obvious," Rep. Mark McBride said of the evidence from the subpoenaed phone records of Texas political consultant George C. Shipley. McBride, R-Moore, has blamed the wind industry ever since finding a GPS tracker on his pickup the evening of Dec. 4. He was told about the new evidence Thursday when a special agent from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reinterviewed him. After going through the phone records, they have matched phone calls...
  • Power quality, promises, and profits [ Colorado: Xcel Energy ]

    01/04/2018 6:53:10 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | January 3, 2018 | Amy Cooke
    Good power quality can be defined as a steady supply voltage that stays within the prescribed range, steady a.c. frequency close to the rated value, and smooth voltage curve waveform (resembles a sine wave). In general, it is useful to consider power quality as the compatibility between what comes out of an electric outlet and the load that is plugged into it. The term is used to describe electric power that drives an electrical load and the loadís ability to function properly. Without the proper power, an electrical device (or load) may malfunction, fail prematurely or not operate at all....
  • New England wanted to use all renewable energyÖ then it got cold

    01/04/2018 5:09:15 AM PST · by rktman · 66 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 1/3/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    During a recent trip to Maine, my wife and I noticed the large number of wind turbines cluttering the peaks of the ridges around the otherwise scenic New England countryside, particularly in Vermont. There really are a lot of them, and thatís the result of an ongoing push to get the region onto renewable energy as much as possible. Vermont in particular has been hammering wind power as the path to cut carbon emissions and make the state truly green in nature. And theyíve achieved an admirable level of success, despite the fact that people living near the wind farms...
  • Trumpís Paris Exit Sidelines D.C. for Danes Blazing Wind Trail

    06/05/2017 7:27:32 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    gCaptain ^ | June 4, 2017 | Peter Levring
    For Denmark, which relies more on wind energy than any other nation on the planet, Thursday last week was a pretty bad day. The countryís energy minister, Lars Chr. Lilleholt, watched in dismay as U.S. President Donald Trump extracted the worldís biggest economy from the Paris accord, ignoring decades of science-based work that had guided political efforts to protect the globe from climate change. But Lilleholt says the move also ignored the sound economics of renewable energy, and if the White House isnít listening, heís ready to take his message elsewhere.
  • Wind power is a nice idea, until you get to the details

    09/05/2016 12:13:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 30 August 2016 | Walt Boge, Berlin, Md.
    Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Aug, 28 Politics & The Nation article ¬ďBackers hope nation¬ís first offshore wind farm will jump-start an industry¬Ē: As a retired engineer, I find it hard to justify wind farms from an economic, aesthetic or environmental perspective. The article stated that a five-turbine, 30-megawatt project off Rhode Island will provide enough energy for about 17,000 homes. What is the cost for backup power generation when there is little or no wind? What about the limited lifetime of the turbines (20 years estimated, but a British study found that 12 to 15 years is more...
  • Wind Turbines, Rusting Giants of the Environmental Watermelon Religion

    08/28/2016 8:49:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 40 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    A dream born by the environmental watermelon religion, green on the outside, red on the inside I saw the once verdant wheat fields of Eastern Europe covered with ugly wind turbines, slowly spinning their huge blades into the wind. A few funnel dust swirls were blowing the topsoil into the air. They did not appear to be connected to any storage station that would distribute the electrical power generated. I searched and found out that they were really not connected to any network, were not generating usable electricity, they were all for show to placate the ďgreen growthĒ European bureaucrats...
  • 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
    bustle.com ^ | 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
    breitbart.com ^ | 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
    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...
  • 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.
  • 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
    hotair.com ^ | 5/7/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The wind lobby has yet to give up on their quest to renew the egregiously generous production tax credit that essentially keeps the wind industry afloat by providing 2.3 cents for every kilowatt-hour of energy output during the first ten years of a given 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
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Political Calculations
    Originally established in 1992, the wind energy production tax credit has had a lot to do with fueling the growth of the nation's wind energy generating capacity since its inception. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports just how much the installed capacity for wind has grown in the years from 2000 through 2012, much of which has been enabled by the wind energy production tax credit subsidy: So with that kind of "success", why does the wind energy industry need a permanent tax credit? After all, the purpose of the tax credit was to greatly accelerate the growth of the...
  • 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...