Mar 15

In this news report from Portland, Oregon’s KATU, friend of the blog, Todd Wynn of the Cascade Policy Institute reveals some of the inconvenient truths about wind power. In fact Wynn says a Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) official candidly admitted to him that wind farms actually create more CO2 emissions. Huh? The reporter explains:

Wynn says a BPA staffer admitted to his think tank that wind does not reduce carbon emissions saying, quote:

“No. They’re in fact, creating emissions.”

That’s because when wind blows, the dam or fossil fuel back-up doesn’t shut down – it takes too long to start up. Think of it like this: When you are stopped at a red light, you don’t turn off the car, you just put your foot on the brake. Even though you’re stopped, that engine is still running, and just like your car, this spinning reserve mode, as it’s called, consumes energy.

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Mar 03

We’re told that wind is free energy.  130,000 Google search results prove that this is an incontrovertible fact, right?


The newspaper’s web edition of this story didn’t contain the wind farm photo that my dead tree edition did (as pictured above), which juxtaposes so inconveniently the truth about the cost of wind power.

Company officials acknowledged that it’s a terrible time for rate increases, but said the investments were in many cases being driven by state and local mandates for more renewable power and pollution controls.

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Jul 29

As energy demand surges with the mid-summer heat in the Pacific Northwest, wind power generation plummets to, well, pretty much zero

By Editor The Oregonian, wind power Comments Off on As energy demand surges with the mid-summer heat in the Pacific Northwest, wind power generation plummets to, well, pretty much zero

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The Oregonian reports yet another inconvenient truth:

Utility customers gulped power at record levels Monday and Tuesday as the Portland area entered the longest stretch of 100-degree days in nearly three decades.

Supply is another story.

Hydropower accounts for about 40 percent of the region’s electricity, and global warming could have a significant impact on river flows. The consensus among scientists is that climate change will cause more of the Northwest’s precipitation to fall in the form of rain versus snow. A lesser snowpack means a smaller bank of stored water, and an earlier spring runoff, when the resulting hydropower is less valuable.

Greenhouse gas limits may also force utilities to close some of their coal-fired power plants, which provide a cheap and reliable source of power year round. Meanwhile, utilities are investing heavily in renewable resources such as wind to meet state mandates. But they can’t count on that power when they need it most, as the same high-pressure systems that create heat waves tend to come with low wind.

“There seems to be a lot of evidence that when you get extreme cold or heat events, you don’t see very much wind generation, at least at the east end of the gorge,” said Wallace Gibson, a generation and transmission analyst with the power planning council. “Right now, we’re pretty much not relying on wind to meet peak loads.”

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May 31

From The Oregonian:

Though I was pleased to read your article on the destructive possibilities of wind turbines, the upshot of your report on wind energy is that paying mind to the sage grouse and following the state permitting process will lead to what will be known as the otherwise “ethical” expansion of the wind turbine industry (“Chase for wind turns to public lands,” May 24).We have set such a low standard for the technologies we strap to the earth to extract fuels to feed our collective addiction to energy. Mark my words: In 25 or 30 years we will look back on these wind turbines with as much disdain as we do dams. They are a scourge on our land.

I would like our politicians to be visionary enough to see our future regrets and help us understand how to quench our energy thirst through responsible usage rather than continuous depletion.

Southeast Portland

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May 15

Portland, Maine’s WCSH reports:

MARS HILL (NEWS CENTER) — Families who live on a portion of East Ridge Road and Mountain Road on the backside of Mars Hill say, at times over the past two and a half years, they’ve lived with unbearable noise. They feel their complaints have been ignored.

Wendy Todd returned to Mars Hill in 2005 with her husband and three children. They started to build their dream house on her family land. But that dream house remains unfinished, because the Todds say their dream has become a nightmare.

“After about three or four hours of heavy blade thump your body starts to get uneasy. It’s kind of like kids playing rap music, you know you can handle it for a while, but then it starts to wear on your nerves and then if it interferes with your sleep and it goes on for days, it’s sort of like a form of torture,” Todd said.

Lorraine and Arnold Tardy built their retirement home in Mars Hill. Lorraine Tardy has been on medication for migraines for most of her adult life, but she feels that since the turbines started spinning, the headaches have become worse, and the medication is less effective.

“It’s just that if you could go to sleep when you get them and you can’t when you hear this thump thump thump and your head is pounding pounding its like they work together.”

Bernard Stikney and Diane Glidden also started building their new home before the turbines went online. They have taken videos of the shadow flicker from the blades and have recorded noise levels.

“We don’t enjoy our weekends like we used to we used to enjoy having barbeques on our deck or to have friends over and we do what we can to try to get away on the weekends”

Glidden says that since the turbines started up, she has been prescribed medication for sleep disturbance, depression, and headaches.

“I am in fact affected with depression, my doctor says its because of the stress, the lack of sleep, alot of the anger I have inside of me because of the windmills.” Continue reading »

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Nov 26

Wind farms cause climate change? Which makes it anthropogenic climate change.

By Editor climate change, wind power Comments Off on Wind farms cause climate change? Which makes it anthropogenic climate change.

Irony can be a beautiful thing.

Live Science reports:

A new study suggests that massive wind farms could steer storms and alter the weather if extensive fields of turbines were built, according to a news report.

Such massive wind farming would slow wind speeds by 5 or 6 mph as the turbines literally stole wind from the air. A ripple effect would occur in the form of waves radiating across the Northern Hemisphere that could, days later, run into storms and alter their courses by hundreds of miles.

The researchers “acknowledged the hypothetical wind farm was far larger than anything humans are likely to build,” according to the Web site, but if Department of Energy projections for wind farming are met by 2030 (for the country to get 20 percent of its electricity from wind), “it could probably have an effect,” James McCaa of 3Tier, Inc., a renewable energy forecasting company based in Seattle, is quoted as saying.

This hypothetical wind farm is far larger than anything humans are likely to build? Not at all. This what T. Boone Pickens wants. This is what Al Gore wants. This is what President-elect Obama wants.

We are told that climate change is OK as long as it’s natural. We are told that anthropogenic (man-made) climate change is bad. Very bad.

So is Al Gore going to now tell us that wind farms must be eliminated because they might cause anthropogenic climate change? Heck no.

But Al, should we practice the precautionary principle? We can’t be too careful, can we? The wind farms you want to build may alter the climate in a way that will affect our children, and their children. Our children might get very cold, or they might get very hot, or they might get very wet, or something. Whatever it is that happens to them, it will be very bad because we might have caused it, and we must feel very guilty.

No, Al Gore will not practice his much-loved Precautionary Principle and advocate for the elimination of wind energy because the Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Crisis is really all about power, and tax revenue, and Al Gore’s retirement, and his legacy – even though he continues to deny it.

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Oct 24

Suzlon Wind Energy Shudders After Wind Turbine Accident

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GORE LIED note: GL is all for wind energy, although we do not look at wind energy through rose-colored glasses. The external factors of wind energy should not be over-looked, and this so-called green energy should not be given the crutch of governmental subsidy. We now return to our regularly scheduled post.

Richard Shertz has four wind turbines on his property near Wyanet, Illinois. Schertz told (hat tip: WSJ Environmental Capital blog) the wind turbines were installed by Suzlon Wind Energy in May or June of 2007, and one has been inoperable all summer due to a crack in one of it’s 140 foot long and fifteen foot wide blades – until Wednesday. On that day, a blade on one of the other three turbines broke off and landed 100 to 150 feet away from the structure. By the grace of God, nobody was injured or killed.

This is not the first time an accident like this has happened. Let’s take a walk down GL’s memory lane and take a realistic look at wind power, warts and all:

The Wyanet, Illinois accident was minor compared to the accident that unfortunately killed one worker and injured another when a wind turbine’s support post snapped and tipped over in Sherman County, Oregon in 2007.

And wind turbines have been destroyed many times elsewhere

Other negative effects of wind power on humans:

When they don’t break and fall down, wind turbine’s shadow flicker and noise can drive the nearby neighbors nuts

And then there are the danger to the rest of God’s creatures:

Wind turbines slice and dice birdies.

Wind turbines kill bats.

And as GORE LIED reported, even fish are not immune to the hazards of wind energy.

And then there’s T. Boone Pickens‘ fuzzy math

And to think that the Greens tried to tell us that nuclear power was dangerous.

Bring on the wind power, but everyone needs be honest about it’s problems as well.

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