Today I’m known for championing fossil fuels, but for most of my life I had no particular interest in energy, and to the extent I did, the two forms of energy that I found interesting were nuclear and solar. Those seemed to be the future. The idea of getting excited about energy from three centuries ago–coal or oil or gas–seemed ridiculous.
What changed? Two realizations. One is that cheap, plentiful, reliable energy is far more important to human flourishing than I thought because it’s the industry that powers every other industry. And two, that energy is far more difficult to produce–and therefore replace–than I had thought. Continue reading Being Green Is Not A Pro-Human Standard-Alex Epstein→
In case you haven’t heard two identical bills have been introduced in Committees in the Ohio Legislature. SB 52 (Reineke and McColley) and HB 118 (Riedel and Stein) both have had their first hearings in their respective Committees and can be viewed here:
Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee – Sponsor Testimony on Feb 17th 2021:
Local control via referendum – Trustees pass resolution to allow for public input (referendum on wind turbine projects).
Setbacks for wind turbines required to equal manufacturer’s safety distances during fires and storms (and no closer than current law allows) Make more information available at earlier stages of the projects
All Episodes Latest Episodes The Texas Blackouts prove that our electric grid is getting more fragile and blackouts are becoming more common. In this episode, Robert talks, for the second time, with Lee Cordner, an electrical engineer who has 50 years of experience in the power sector, about the causes of the blackouts in Texas and […]
Webmaster’s Note:This is an “oldie but goldie” post from 2013 however it is still very relevant That’s because (unlike lies & deception) truth never changes…
When you buy a car, you want it to be reliable, to work when you need it and you expect the engine to deliver all of the power the salesman told you it would, but suppose it didn’t do any of that. Would you be upset? Sure, you might even demand your money back, but wind turbines are just like that and the wind developers selling them say it’s perfectly normal, they’re supposed to work that way, maybe you misunderstood what he said.
“Offshore bird mortality cannot be studied the same way we study land-based wind sites – by searching the ground for carcasses. The sea is an extremely harsh environment. Birds and bats killed by turbines are likely to become fish food, sink or drift away with the currents.” – Christine Morabito, “Did Mass Audubon Sell its […]
Rumble — With historic winter storms leaving thousands of Texans without power, many are questioning the effectiveness of the state’s energy infrastructure. One America’s Jack Posobiec has this report.
Beach Haven resident Bob Stern has taken a keen interest in Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind’s proposal to construct a wind farm off the coast of Long Beach Island and parts south to Atlantic City. And he’s not approaching it as a layman.
FYI, last night Tucker Carlson did a finesee segment hereon the stupidity of wind.
Make SURE that you watch the short video in the article, which is superb!
My only beef is that Tucker repeatedly called industrial wind projects “wind farms.” There is nothing being farmed, other than subsidies. The lobbyists purposefully coined the phrase “wind farm” to deceive non-aware citizens into thinking an industrial wind project is pastoral and environmentally benign.
Both are false, as industrial wind projects are environmentally destructive. (E.g. see here.)
They are also typically a net economic liability to host communities. (E.g. see here.)
Further, industrial wind facilities are a net burden on the electric grid — the backbone of our modern society (and the Texas situation is one of numerous examples).
You’re always going to have problems with wind turbines. They’re a big piece of mechanical equipment that takes a lot of surges with the wind gusts. —Lewis Opsal, Electric Superintendent, Geneseo, Ill., Geneseo Republic, July 14, 2011
OHIO—COLUMBUS – Ohio 82nd District State Rep. Craig Riedel of Defiance and Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, recently introduced a bill concerning property rights of township residents by allowing a public referendum for wind and solar projects. “As a state legislator in northwest Ohio, I represent the counties with the most wind development in the state,” stated Riedel. “The beauty of this bill is that it gives local control to township residents for them to decide whether wind or solar development is welcome to move forward or stopped where it is not welcome.”
OHIO—A planned wind farm could bring millions of dollars in taxes and fees into the county over its 30-year lifespan, but a state senator is warning residents to be sure they understand how the giant turbines could change peoples’ lives. Agents for the Honey Creek Wind Farm are leasing property in northern Crawford County and southern Seneca County, said Drew Christensen, public engagement manager for parent company Apex Clean Energy Inc.
Wind farms and massive arrays of solar panels are cropping up across public and private landscapes both in the United States and abroad as users increasingly turn to “green energy” as their preferred flavor of electricity. What happens to old solar panels, windmills and high tech batteries?
Let the games begin. As we approach the end of January, 2021, Sen. Romanchuk has introduced Senate Bill 10 to address certain provisions in HB 6 that are believed to present a risk of inflated costs for consumers. Romanchuk was quoted as saying, “”I’m trying to protect the consumer and bring balance between the consumers and the utility.” How about some balance between the community and the developer? SB 10 is characterized as a first step and will be followed by additional proposals to modify Ohio’s energy policies.
Another proposal comes from the Ohio Power Siting Board in the state’s upcoming budget. OPSB is requesting spending authority for $63.23 million (+4.9%) in Fiscal Year 2022 and $63.42 million (+0.3%) in FY 2023.The Acting Chairman, Beth Trombold justifies the request saying “The OPSB has seen a significant increase in Continue reading Wind News – Flipping for Facebook→
In case you are wondering what a Good Neighbor Agreement (Setback Waiver) looks like here is a copy of the Honey Creek version. As in all such agreements everything favors the company and the landowner never gets to decide anything, except whether to sign the agreement in the first place or not. It is possible for the agreement to last over 4 decades if the company wants it to yet the yearly payments will remain as stated with NO adjustment for inflation. Will $500 even buy a bag of groceries 40 years from now? The project could be rebuilt several times under the same agreement and might have 1000 foot turbines by then. The situation can only get worse for a landowner signing such an agreement. Think carefully..