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  • Crispy Critters ó 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...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Touts Climate Change Fight

    01/06/2015 3:50:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Businass Daily ^ | January 6, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Environmentalism: Re-upping on delusional climate-change fantasies, "Governor Moonbeam" asked in his inauguration speech Monday for the Golden State to meet half its energy needs with renewable energy by 2030. Gov. Jerry Brown, who leads the state that hosted Solyndra, embraces bird-chopping wind turbines and builds crispy critter-producing solar panel farms, is a leading advocate of renewable energy and environmental protection. As pollution from coal-fired plants and industries in China wafted across the Pacific, he took a deep breath at his fourth inauguration as the state's chief executive and doubled down on green energy's failed promise by tasking California to fight...
  • Wind energy firm sues to block bird death data release - (owned by Berkshire Hathaway)

    11/19/2014 4:22:56 PM PST · by dennisw · 20 replies
    pbs ^ | November 17, 2014 | Dina Cappiello
    WASHINGTON ó A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential. The Obama administration has said it planned to turn over the material to The Associated Press, which sought it from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The...
  • 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...
  • Bats lured to deaths at wind farms Ďbecause they think turbines are treesí

    09/29/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00PM BST 29 Sep 2014 | Emily Gosden, Energy Editor
    Bats may be lured to their deaths at wind farms because they think turbines are trees in which they can find shelter, food and sex, according to new research. The creatures fly towards slow-moving turbines, only to be killed when gusts of wind spin the blades, scientists investigating ďunprecedentedĒ numbers of bat deaths at wind farms suggested. Flashing red lights may need to be installed at wind farms to help prevent the animals making the potentially-fatal mistake, they said. [Ö] About 600,000 bats are estimated to have been killed by wind farms in the US in 2012. Ö
  • £50,000 Wind Turbine Taking 7 Centuries to Pay for Itself

    09/29/2014 1:13:56 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 18 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Subtitle: the umpteenth confirmation that governments shouldn't be entrusted with our money. This was reported last July, but I've only learned about it now. It's got to be covered, it's too absurd to miss. On 10 July 2014, the Daily Mail reported the planned axing of a wind turbine built with taxpayers' money - almost £50,000 - and generating only an average of £5 of electricity a month. It was calculated that it would have required 757 years before its cost was offset. I'm tempted to say that this must be the most absurd wind turbine ever but, given...
  • Parade Magazine: Wind Power Disrupts Local Climate

    05/13/2014 11:18:14 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 33 replies ^ | May 13, 2014 | Sean Long
    Hard facts often trump breezy liberal logic supporting renewable energy. Parade Magazine columnist Marilyn Vos Savant, once considered the smartest person in the world, wrote on May 11 that wind power may actually disrupt local weather. While this information contradicts climate alarmist attempts to reduce extreme weather to a consequence of global warming, it adds to the list of environmental problems with wind turbines. Vos Savant claimed that wind turbines ďwill have an impact on the weather,Ē in addition to causing ďground warming and drying.Ē She pointed out that wind turbines ďremove energy from the windĒ which logically has an...
  • The Obama Bird Genocide Is Out of Control (Solar/Wind Devices Butchering Birds0

    05/07/2014 5:42:01 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 6, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    An adorable baby bald eagle whose parents were executed by solar panels. (AP) The Obama administration has opened up a new front in its war on Americaís eagles. For years, the president has relied on wind turbines to orchestrate his eco-genocide. Biologists estimate that wind farms kill as many as 328,000 birds each year by chopping them out of the sky. The administrationís successful weaponization of solar farms will only accelerate the death rate. Studies indicate that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California has proved to be an especially efficient apparatus for eagle extermination. The facility, which...
  • Wind Turbines Blamed in Death of Estimated 600,000 Bats in 2012

    11/09/2013 10:50:27 AM PST · by grundle · 54 replies
    UPI/Breitbart ^ | November 9, 2013
    BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Wind turbines killed at least 600,000 -- and possibly as many as 900,000 -- bats in the United States in 2012, researchers say. Writing in the journal BioScience, the researchers said they used sophisticated statistical techniques to infer the probable number of bat deaths at wind energy facilities from the number of dead bats found at 21 locations. Bats, which play an important role in the ecosystem as insect-eaters, are killed at wind turbines not only by collisions with moving turbine blades but also by the trauma resulting from sudden changes in air pressure...
  • 600,000 bats killed at wind energy facilities in 2012, study says

    11/08/2013 5:09:16 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 8, 2013 | by Monte Moron
    Over 600,000 bats were killed by wind energy turbines across the United States last year, with the highest concentration of kills in the Appalachian Mountains, according to new research. "Dead bats are being found underneath wind turbines across North America," Hayes wrote. "This estimate of bat fatalities is probably conservative."
  • 'Wind Turbine Syndrome' Blamed for Mysterious Symptoms in Cape Cod Town

    10/21/2013 10:13:52 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 64 replies
    ABC via Yahoo ^ | October 21, 2013 | Susan Donaldson James
    Sue Hobart, a bridal florist from Massachusetts, couldn't understand why she suddenly developed headaches, ringing in her ears, insomnia and dizziness to the point of falling "flat on my face" in the driveway. "I thought I was just getting older and tired," said the 57-year-old ... Months earlier, in the summer of 2010, three wind turbines had been erected in her town, one of which runs around the clock, 1,600 feet from her home. "I didn't put anything to the turbines -- we heard it and didn't like the thump, thump, thump and didn't like seeing them, but we didn't...
  • CT extends ban on wind turbines

    09/25/2013 3:40:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 17 replies
    The Connecticut legislature extended the two-year ban on wind turbines, striking down regulations that would have allowed for the construction of the renewable energy projects. The legislature's Regulation Review Committee on Tuesday voted 10-3 to reject the proposed wind regulations by the Connecticut Siting Council. The members were concerned about who would dismantle the structures if the owners ever went out of business. This is the third rejections of the proposed regulations since the state placed a moratorium on wind turbine development in 2011. It also marks the first rejection since June, when the legislature passed a comprehensive energy strategy...
  • Wind Turbines

    08/14/2013 4:52:41 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 17 replies
    Britain Gallery ^ | Enza Ferreri
    There is much controversy about wind turbines in the UK. Let's try to analyze and understand the debate by listing their pros and cons. Disadvantages of wind turbines: They are extremely unreliable, depending entirely on whether the wind blows with exactly the right strength or not. The obvious fact is that the wind does not always blow at the same speed, and often it does not blow at all. Wind companies, and easily deceived media and politicians, like to describe turbines in terms of capacity, which is their potential output if the wind were all the time blowing at...
  • Wind turbines ARE a human health hazard: the smoking gun

    07/25/2013 5:30:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2013 | James Delingpole
    Yeah, they're, like, really green and safe and good for youÖ..How much more dirt needs to come out before the wind industry gets the thorough investigation it has long deserved? The reason I ask is that it has now become clear that the industry has known for at least 25 years about the potentially damaging impact on human health of the impulsive infrasound (inaudible intermittent noise) produced by wind turbines. Yet instead of dealing with the problem it has, on the most generous interpretation, swept the issue under the carpet Ė or worse, been involved in a concerted cover-up operation....

    07/16/2013 12:42:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 76 replies
    Human Events ^ | July 16, 2013 | Jay Lehr, Ph.D.
    This article was originally published on The Heartland Institute’s website. Brilliant scientific minds are not confined to the annals of scientific history. I have been blessed to have had a career in physics first influenced by a nodding acquaintance with Albert Einstein while a student at Princeton, then watching Hyman Rickover build our nuclear Navy, and finally almost having the opportunity to work with Edward Teller on what would have been his last book. Yet none have made a greater impression on me nor served as better mentors than Howard Hayden, emeritus professor of physics at the University of...
  • 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.
  • Ruffled feathers: "Green" wind turbines kill an estimated 573,000 birds a year

    05/27/2013 11:42:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/26/2013
    <p>If a hunter kills a bald eagle, he can get a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Likewise, oil companies are liable for tens of millions for any spill that harms our wildlife. But what happens when a green-energy wind turbine slashes a bird to bits?</p> <p>Absolutely nothing.</p>
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cape Cod community considers taking down wind turbines after illness, noise

    02/28/2013 8:11:57 AM PST · by massmike · 39 replies ^ | 02/28/2013 | Molly Line
    Two wind turbines towering above the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, Mass., were intended to produce green energy and savings -- but they've created angst and division, and may now be removed at a high cost as neighbors complain of noise and illness. "It gets to be jet-engine loud," said Falmouth resident Neil Andersen. He and his wife Betsy live just a quarter mile from one of the turbines. They say the impact on their health has been devastating. They're suffering headaches, dizziness and sleep deprivation and often seek to escape the property where they've lived for more than 20...
  • An open letter to the Rt Rev Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter

    06/13/2012 3:47:45 AM PDT · by radioone · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-12-12 | James Delingpole
    Wind energy is to all intents and purposes worthless since, being intermittent and unreliable, it has no value in a consumer-demand-led free market. The only reason the wind industry exists at all is because of the massive subsidies it receives, mostly added onto electricity bills in the form of concealed tariffs.
  • Gas against Wind (Power)

    11/03/2011 7:30:02 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 25 replies
    New Geography ^ | Nov. 3, 2011 | Matt Ridley
    Which would you rather have in the view from your house? A thing about the size of a domestic garage, or eight towers twice the height of Nelsonís column with blades noisily thrumming the air. The energy they can produce over ten years is similar: eight wind turbines of 2.5-megawatts (working at roughly 25% capacity) roughly equal the output of an average Pennsylvania shale gas well (converted to electricity at 50% efficiency) in its first ten years. Difficult choice? Letís make it easier. The gas well can be hidden in a hollow, behind a hedge. The eight wind turbines must...
  • Ontarioís green energy blunder

    11/02/2011 8:21:56 AM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-11-01 | (editorial page)
    Around the world, governments that leapt before they looked in jumping on the green energy bandwagon are now desperately trying to jump off. Thatís why itís no surprise the debt-ridden Liberal government of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is gearing up to do what the U.K., Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, along with many other jurisdictions, have already done when it comes to subsidizing green energy. That is, slash the ludicrously expensive subsidies of up to 80Ę per kw/h they have been forcing Ontario electricity consumers to pay for renewable energy, when the cost of electricity from conventional sources is...
  • 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,...
  • Jonah Goldberg: Americaís Green Quagmire - Obamaís energy agenda has been a very expensive...

    08/24/2011 2:53:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 24, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    America's Green QuagmireObama's energy agenda has been a very expensive failure. It was a massive flatbed truck, flanked by smaller vehicles brandishing ‚Äúoversized load‚ÄĚ banners, carrying a huge white thing. I think the first one I saw was in Ohio. But I know that by the time I passed Grand Island, Neb., I‚Äôd lost count. What was it? At first, it looked like it could be a replacement for the Swords of Q√Ą¬Ādis√Ą¬ęyah ‚ÄĒ that giant crossed-blades sculpture in central Baghdad. And then, the aha: It was a propeller blade for a wind turbine, a really big one. I‚Äôve seen...
  • Energy in America: Dead Birds Unintended Consequence of Wind Power Development

    08/16/2011 4:32:36 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 38 replies ^ | August 16, 2011 | William La Jeunesse
    As California attempts to divorce itself from fossil-fueled electricity, it may be trading one environmental sin for another -- although you don't hear state officials admitting it. Wind power is the fastest growing component in the state's green energy portfolio, but wildlife advocates say the marriage has an unintended consequence: dead birds, including protected species of eagles, hawks and owls. "The cumulative impacts are huge," said Shawn Smallwood, one of the few recognized experts studying the impact of wind farms on migratory birds. "It is not inconceivable to me that we could reduce golden eagle populations by a great deal,...
  • Pa. Wind Turbines Destroying Environment

    07/19/2011 7:11:46 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 51 replies
    Bats, as scary as they are to some, are one of the more useful mammals in creation. The diets of those species common in Pennsylvania consist of mosquitoes and other insect pests including the ones that damage crops. A colony of 100 brown bats can consume of a quarter-million insects in a single night. Science magazine has estimated the pest control service provided by bats can save farmers about $74 per acre. Well, the unattractive wind turbines built at the hectoring of the nature worshipers who've managed to convince most that they are the arbiters of all dogma scientific are...
  • Global Warming News From The Brits (UK dooms itself)

    05/29/2011 10:08:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | May 29, 2011 | Dennis Avery
    CHURCHVILLE, VAóMy colleague Bennie Peiser, of Britainís Global Warming Policy Foundation, offers some of his latest man-made global warming news: The Sunday Times noted on May 22 that the UK government has agreed to cut its greenhouse emissions 50 percent by 2027. As a result, ďTata Steel last week announced it was cutting 1,500 jobs at its Scunthorpe and Teeside plants. The company, which employs 21,000 in Britain, has held high-level talks with government in recent weeks over its energy plans. . . . Ineos founder Jim Ratcliffe warned that he could be forced to shut the firmís Runcorn chlorine...
  • Wind farm ordered dismantled ( News from Spain )

    05/18/2011 1:34:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | May 18, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Mark Duchamp writes in with this news from the Lerida, Autonomous Community (state) of Catalonia, Spain:A judge ordered the removal of 45 wind turbines on the grounds that planning laws were violated. There was no ďgeneral municipal planĒ establishing a ďreserva del sueloĒ Ė i.e. the land was not legally declared appropriate for the erection of wind turbines.The wind farm in the Serra del Tallat, located between Passanant i Belltall (Conca de Barbera) and Vallbona de les Monges (Urgell) ACN / Nķria Torres Spanish Version: English Version: According to another article going back to January 22nd, Spanish architects from...
  • Your Hometown & the United Nationsí Agenda 21

    02/10/2011 6:32:13 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The New American ^ | 2/10/2011 | William F. Jasper
    In March 2010, Nor-Cal Produce, a family-owned produce business in West Sacramento, was fined $32,500 by the California Air Resources Board (ARB, or CARB). The company was not charged with, or even accused of, illegal emissions; like many other businesses, it had merely failed to notice a new regulation posted by CARB requiring all semi-trailers, shipping containers, vans, and rail cars with diesel-powered refrigerators to file a report with the agency. ďWe had no knowledge of the law,Ē Nor-Calís Chief Financial Officer Todd Achando told CalWatchDog, a news blog that monitors California government. ďMy operations manager happened to see it...
  • Kelly McParland: Ontario quietly reverses field on wind, solar energy

    02/12/2011 9:00:13 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    National Post ^ | February 12, 2011 | Kelly McParland
    Times of international turmoil are great moments for domestic governments to make important announcements they donít want to be noticed. Especially if the announcement involves a sudden reversal in policy that could seriously embarrass the government. So Friday afternoon was an ideal time for Ontarioís Liberal government to take a big chunk of its alternative energy program and chuck it overboard. .. After years of touting wind projects as a critical piece of the alternative energy puzzle, the government let slip ó very quietly ó that offshore wind projects are no longer part of the game plan. Turns out there...
  • 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.
  • Renewable energy money still going abroad, despite criticism from Congress

    10/21/2010 7:17:44 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 11 replies
    AU ^ | 2-9-10 | Russ Choma
    Money from the 2009 stimulus bill to help support the renewable energy industry continues to flow overseas, despite Congressional criticism and calls for change, according to a new analysis of the program by the Investigative Reporting Workshop. The Workshop was the first to report last October that more than 80 percent of the first $1 billion in grants to wind energy companies went to foreign firms. Since then, the administration has stopped making announcements of new grants to wind, solar and geothermal companies, but has handed out another $1 billion, bringing the total given out to $2.1 billion and the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Are You Ready For Global Cooling?

    05/21/2010 5:37:27 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 42 replies · 1,243+ views ^ | May 21, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily Staff
    Climate Science: Noted scientists at a Chicago climate conference declare that global warming is not only dead, but that the planet faces a big chill for decades to come. What about those frozen wind turbines? It's not exactly Copenhagen or Kyoto, but the 700 scientists attending the fourth International Conference on Climate Change, sponsored by the Heartland Institute, had some chilling news of their own in the most liberal sense. "Global warming is over ó at least for a few decades," Don Easterbrook, emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, told the gathering. "However, the bad news is that...
  • Wind's Chill Factor

    01/26/2010 5:09:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 1,012+ views ^ | January 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: The government says wind power could supply the eastern half of the U.S. with a fifth of its electricity by 2024. Just don't try building wind farms where someone might see them. A claim is contained in a new study released by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and technically it might be true. But we've heard these overblown predictions before, and experience around the world with heavily subsidized alternative energy has not worked out well. The area in question, called the Eastern Interconnection, is a grid extending roughly from the western borders of the Plains states through...
  • Turbines turn into headache for Vinalhaven

    01/24/2010 4:17:30 PM PST · by paul in cape · 75 replies · 2,180+ views
    Maine Sunday Telegram ^ | 1-24-10 | TUX TURKEL
    Noise complaints energize opponents of wind power and complicate Maine's renewable energy efforts.VINALHAVEN ó Cheryl Lindgren was excited when the three wind turbines down the road began turning in November, but within days her excitement turned to disbelief. The sound at her house, a half-mile or so away, wasn't what she had expected. As she sat reading in her quiet living room, she could detect a repetitive "whump, whump" coming from outside. "I can feel this sound," she recalled thinking. "It's going right through me. I thought, 'Is this what's it's going to be like for the rest of my...
  • Wind power is a complete disaster (Denmark relevant)

    12/16/2009 12:08:35 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 66 replies · 2,038+ views
    FP Canada ^ | 4/8/09 | Michael J. Trebilcock
    T here is no evidence that industrial wind power is likely to have a significant impact on carbon emissions. The European experience is instructive. Denmark, the worldís most wind-intensive nation, with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity, has yet to close a single fossil-fuel plant. It requires 50% more coal-generated electricity to cover wind powerís unpredictability, and pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have risen (by 36% in 2006 alone). Flemming Nissen, the head of development at West Danish generating company ELSAM (one of Denmarkís largest energy utilities) tells us that ďwind turbines do not reduce carbon dioxide...
  • Wind Turbines Take a Lesson From Lance Armstrong

    11/25/2009 9:23:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies · 1,503+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 24 November 2009 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageWind school. Placing vertically aligned turbines closer together gives more wattage for the buck.Credit: Mariah Power Arranging wind turbines like a school of fish could reduce the amount of land they take up by 100-fold while maintaining their electrical output, say researchers. Wind farms based on the approach might also be considerably safer for migrating birds. Whether it's Lance Armstrong bicycling behind his teammates in the Tour de France or a storm of fish slicing their way through the ocean, animals benefit from drafting. The leader breaks through the calm air or water, while the followers enjoy the...
  • Tribes upset over wind turbines

    11/07/2009 8:25:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies · 981+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/7/9 | Jay Lindsay, Associated Press
    Mashpee, Mass. -- From a blustery perch over a Cape Cod beach, Chuckie Green gestures toward a stretch of horizon where he says construction of the nation's first offshore wind farm would destroy his Indian tribe's religion. The Wampanoag - the tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims in the 17th century and known as "The People of the First Light" - practice sacred rituals requiring an unblocked view of the sunrise. That view won't exist once 130 turbines, each over 400 feet tall, are built several miles from shore in Nantucket Sound, visible to Wampanoag in Mashpee and on Martha's Vineyard....
  • Reality falls short of expectations

    09/20/2009 11:39:45 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 26 replies · 1,673+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 20, 2009 | Editorial
    The Enercon E-126 is purported to be the world's largest wind turbine. Wind-power advocates say it's rated at 6 megawatts, but most likely will produce 7, or enough to power 1,776 ó that's the spirit! ó American homes. The E-126 also is a NIMBYs nightmare. Now under development in Europe, the E-126 stands an imposing 650 feet ó the tallest building in New England, Boston's John Hancock Tower, is 790 ó and has three, 413-foot blades. Each E-126 goes for $15.5 million, installed, and comes with an engineered base that is 100 feet across and 13 feet thick to keep...
  • Gone With The Wind--Why wind power may be bad for your health

    07/30/2009 5:16:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 1,235+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 7-30-09 | Tait Trussell
    Gone With The Wind By: Tait Trussell | Thursday, July 30, 2009 † The statuesque and towering windmill represents one of Barack Obamaís grandiose hopes for renewable energy in our future. But windmills also have a troubling feature: They can be bad for your health. Dr. Nina Pierpont has conducted substantial research on what she calls ďwind turbine syndrome,Ē the clinical name she has given to the ďconstellation of symptoms experienced by many (though not all) who live near industrial wind turbines.Ē These include sleep problems like insomnia; headaches; dizziness; unsteadiness and nausea; exhaustion; anxiety; anger and irritability; depression;...
  • The Money and Connections Behind Al Goreís Carbon Crusade

    10/13/2007 4:35:26 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 69 replies · 3,134+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/03/2007 | Deborah Corey Barnes
    Al Goreís campaign against global warming is shifting into high gear. Reporters and commentators follow his every move and bombard the public with notice of his activities and opinions. But while the mainstream media promote his ideas about the state of planet Earth, they are mostly silent about the dramatic impact his economic proposals would have on America. And journalists routinely ignore evidence that he may personally benefit from his programs. Would the romance fizzle if Goreís followers realized how much their man stands to gain? Earlier this year Gore experienced a notable public relations debacle. The Tennessee Center for...
  • Pickens' Pulls Plug on Major Windmill Project: Turns Out to Be All Hot Air

    07/07/2009 3:35:26 PM PDT · by Kozman · 51 replies · 2,496+ views
    The man backing part of the Global Climate scare can't even calculate how to place his windmills correctly, never mind his hot air about the much more complex subject, the climate. Plans for the world's largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle have been scrapped, Pickens said today. He's now looking for a home for 687 giant wind turbines that he has already ordered. The windmills stand 400 feet tallótaller than most 30-story buildings. "When I start receiving those turbines, I've got to ... like I said, my garage won't hold them," the oligarch said. "They've got to go someplace."...
  • Taking the hot air out of wind power

    07/02/2009 2:43:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 114 replies · 7,109+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 02, 2009 | Chris Bell
    The idea of wind generated electric energy is being sold by environmentalists as an overlooked opportunity to reduce greenhouse gasses. Global warming advocates claim that this discounted treasure could be a major part of an effort to reduce the burning of fossil fuels and eliminate the need for some of our nuclear power plants. Is it true that we are passing up on a gold mine of renewable energy in favor of unnecessary and harmful fossil and nuclear fuels? Let's start by looking at what we use to generate the power we use today. Renewables, such as wind, solar, biomass,...
  • Wind Turbines in Europe Do Nothing for Emissions-Reduction Goals

    02/10/2009 12:59:29 PM PST · by paulycy · 24 replies · 1,226+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 2/10/09 | Anselm Waldermann
    CLIMATE CHANGE PARADOX Wind Turbines in Europe Do Nothing for Emissions-Reduction Goals By Anselm Waldermann Despite Europe's boom in solar and wind energy, CO2 emissions haven't been reduced by even a single gram. Now, even the Green Party is taking a new look at the issue -- as shown in e-mails obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE. Germany's renewable energy companies are a tremendous success story. Roughly 15 percent of the country's electricity comes from solar, wind or biomass facilities, almost 250,000 jobs have been created and the net worth of the business is Ä35 billion per year. But there's a catch:...
  • Semis carrying turbines involved in fatal St. Cloud crash

    09/17/2008 3:26:55 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 257+ views ^ | 9/17/08 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    Officials are investigating a fatal accident along Highway 15 and 2nd Street South in St. Cloud Wednesday morning. Police have rerouted traffic while the Minnesota State Patrol is reconstructing the accident that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. According to witnesses, a series of semi trucks carrying wind turbines hit a minivan. Investigators have been mum on details, and the number of vehicles and victims involved has not been released.
  • Assessing the Value of Small Wind Turbines

    09/07/2008 10:33:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 604+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 4, 2008 | KATE GALBRAITH
    SAN FRANCISCO ó With the California blackouts of 2001 still a painful memory, Chris Beaudoin wants to generate some of his own electricity. He marveled the other day at how close he is to that goal, gazing at two new wind turbines atop his garage roof. They will soon be hooked to the power grid. ďI donít care about how much it costs,Ē said Mr. Beaudoin, a flight attendant with United Airlines. That would be $5,000 a turbine, an expense Mr. Beaudoin is unlikely to recoup in electricity savings anytime soon. No matter. After shoring up the roof and installing...