We have long argued that the only thing about renewable energy that is “green” is the money. If the press from the past few weeks is any indication, others are starting to wake up to the fact that green energy is not necessarily environmentally friendly. The articles presented today present a fascinating picture of the march toward what could become a battle in Ohio as well the nation, if not the rest of the world. As Pogo so famously put it “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Ironically, cartoonist Walter Kelly coined this phrase 46 years ago to help promote environmental awareness and publicize the first annual observance of Earth Day. Today we can employ the phrase to describe the fight brewing between “environmentalists” and “conservationists” and renewable energy.
Citizens for Clear Skies is a group formed to bring the truth to the community on the dynamics of wind energy. We are accused of only being negative from the opposition group. This is our collaborative response to their last letter:
We see significant reductions in this technology globally due to governments becoming more educated in time over the detrimental impact to consumer power bills.
We see an intermittent “resource”, one that is rarely present when consumers need it most.
Tiny the Turbine is a story written by Lyndsey Ward with cartoons by Josh.
Lyndsey was asked to write a children’s book to counter the wind propaganda that has been allowed into schools.
It follows on from her tale of Subsidy Sam, a satire primarily for adults also written to counter wind industry spin.
Those who are concerned at the indoctrination of children regarding industrial wind development should ensure that a copy of Tiny the Turbine is given to their local school to show the other side of the wind ‘education’ currently received by our children.
Since the Great Recession, few parts of the country have been hit as hard as Rust Belt states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Rich in natural resources, the region’s abundance of coal and iron for steel has literally powered and built America since the Industrial Revolution. While steel may have faltered, the coal industry remained a viable job source and cornerstone of local economies. Unfortunately, an administration hostile to traditional fuel sources has sought to change that since 2008. Continue reading OH and PA: Red or Blue in 2016? Coal Will Have Huge Impact on the Answer→
It’s a standard that would eliminate almost all of Ontario’s current wind farms and the ones recently approved.
In the wake of the release of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service migratory bird study, the American Bird Conservancy is calling for an 18-kilometre buffer around the Great Lakes for wind farms.
“It is highly problematic to build anywhere near the Great Lakes,” Michael Hutchins, director of the American Bird Conservancy’s bird-smart wind energy program, said Monday. “These losses are just not sustainable.”
Bloomberg New Energy Finance recently published a major new report, “Reactors in the Red: Financial Health of the US Nuclear Fleet,” showing that 55 percent of America’s nuclear plants are losing money and are at serious risk of being replaced by fossil fuels.
Some will seize on this news as proof that nuclear is inherently uneconomical, but that’s just wrong: nuclear plants’ financial woes, the Bloomberg data show, could be remedied by subsidies substantially smaller than those given to renewables.
Alexander Urges EPA To Ditch Proposal To Offer New Incentives To Big Wind
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Senator Lamar Alexander on Monday urged the administration to reconsider a proposal to provide new incentives to wind power producers who are already benefiting from the 24-year-old wind production tax credit. Senator Alexander also pointed out that the proposal fails to provide any incentive for nuclear energy – this country’s largest source of clean electricity.
Last month’s wind-turbine fire near Palm Springs, CA, that dropped burning debris on the barren ground below, serves as a reminder of just one of the many reasons why people don’t want to live near the towering steel structures. In this case, no one was hurt as the motor fire was in a remote, unincorporated area of Palm Springs. But imagine if it was located just hundreds of feet from your back door—as they are in many locations—and the burning debris was raining down into your yard where your children were playing or onto your roof while you are sleeping.
Other reasons no one wants them nearby include the health impacts. Last month, Dave Langrud, of Alden, MN, sent a six-page, detailed complaint to the Minnesota Public Regulatory Commission. Continue reading Who wants wind turbines?→
The South Australian Government been forced to beg fossil fuel operators to bring mothballed plants back online, to contain wild swings in electricity spot price caused by unstable renewable production, prices which last month peaked at $14,000 / MWh – up from more normal prices of $100 / MWh which prevailed before political favouritism towards renewables messed up the market.
Looks like the Donald has no love for Wind power whatsoever. According to him, Wind turbines are “huge and unsightly”, they have “destroyed some of the great beauty of the world”, “they kill birds”, they’re “obsolete” and “all over the world, they are being abandoned”.
Boondoggle –1.work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value. 2.waste money or time on unnecessary or questionable projects.
Energy and Environmental Reporter
New York’s power grid regulator sharply criticized Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to boost state green energy use Thursday, arguing that adding more wind and solar goals will make it difficult to maintain grid reliability.
There is nothing “free,” “clean” or “green” aboutindustrial wind. Quite the contrary: the true costs of industrial wind development are astronomical. Yet, the wishful thinking of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman,“green” ideologues, and “renewable” energy hustlers and subsidy seekers who benefit from this massive taxpayer and ratepayer rip-off has been repeated by countless “journalists” without question for years now.
Mahoney’s article highlighted Cuomo’s approval of the proposed wind factory off Montauk, NY. It claimed: “The offshore ‘wind farm’ could be a symbol of how the state can meet Cuomo’s ambitious goal of getting half of New York’s energy from carbon-free sources by 2030. Now those sources represent about 23 percent of the state’s energy draw.”
Webmaster’s Note:the following observations could just as well apply to the climate change fiasco.
Opinion piece by Lorne Gunter for
Many of the causes championed by “progressive” politicians like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne are based on myths.
The myth that police are inherently racist, that income distribution is unfair, that the rich don’t pay their share of taxes, that a “green” energy future free of fossil fuels is just a wand-wave away, that higher taxes and deficit spending will grow the economy, that radical Islam is not a threat, that governments spend less on First Nations than on other Canadians, and so on, are all mostly wrong. Continue reading Many progressive’s causes are based on myths→