Faced with growing evidence that industrial wind turbines (IWT’s) cause serious adverse health impacts, comparisons between the wind industry and the tobacco industry are getting more obvious all the time. The Big Wind tactics of stalling, dismissing legitimate concerns, and outright denial of the link between turbines and health problems seem straight out of the Big Tobacco playbook.
Perhaps this pattern is standard behavior for dirty industries, especially when there is no easy way to acknowledge the harm they cause without damaging profits as well. Despite these similarities, there are also fundamental differences between these two industries, the problems they create, and how they create them. Anyone looking to hold Big Wind accountable for the havoc it creates should pay careful attention to these differences as well. Forewarned is forearmed. Continue reading Is Big Wind the New Big Tobacco?→
This past Thursday, March 15th, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) issued its latest version of a rule on wind turbine setback waivers. The rule and OPSB’s reasoning is attached. Readers may recall that, in previous cases where a turbine did not meet the required setback, waivers were required to be secured from owners of all properties adjoining the property on which a turbine was proposed. The statutory language which the rule is intended to implement states: “The setback shall apply in all cases except those in which all owners of property adjacent to the wind farm property waive application of the setback to that property pursuant to a procedure the board shall establish by rule and except in which, in a particular case, the board determines that a setback greater than the minimum is Continue reading Wind News – OPSB Rules on Setback Waivers and Who’s on First?→
As of about a week ago there has not been any hearings scheduled on SB 238, the bill submitted by Matt Dolan to shorten the setbacks from the nearest adjacent property line to the nearest occupied dwelling. However, there has been efforts made to possibly include an amendment to that bill that may allow for some sort of vote. SAWU therefore urges readers to contact the Senators below and tell them you DO NOT support SB 238 and if any setback changes are considered then the effected Townships should get a vote! Continue reading From our fellow wind warriors in Seneca County, Ohio→
Wind Energy’s Absurd Yesterday at 8:52am · Another turbine throws itself from its transporter. Racked with guilt as to what it has become and how it will harm the environment and communities it is speared into, it felt the only decent thing it could do was never make it to the construction site.
Webmaster’s Note:Wake up America…wake up Ohio…wake up Huron County! You ignore this story and others like it to your own peril! We keep feeding this monster…why?! For the money 🤑?! We’ll be “picking up the tab” on this boondoggle money making scam at least for the next 30-50 years. There is no“win-win” to be found here…
Earlier visions of environmental purity from green energy are instead turning out to be illusions by con-artists. The reality is an environmental hell.
Ohioans who want green energy are free to use – and pay for – renewable generation
By Sam Randazzo
I write in response to Columbus Business First’s March 2 article about a poll showing that conservative voters back green energy policies.
The article begins with the assertion that conservatives in Ohio favor clean energy policies, and accuses the Republican legislature of engaging in efforts to water down or kill renewable energy rules.
It also cites a poll showing that 85 percent of conservative voters are willing to pay more for their electricity if it is sourced from renewable energy sources.
The article, like others that have contributed to the spin initiated by the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, also indicates that Ohio’s mandates that favor particular supply or demand side technologies at the expense of captive electric customers need to be maintained to curry favor with the likes of Amazon.
Two downed turbines. Both Enercon. The first from the Crockbrack wind farm, Inishowen, Co Donegal which was struck by lightning on 15 January ’18. The second from Borchen-Etteln in Germany on 8 March, where two blades were torn apart.
Both incidents, as with other turbine suicides, have left debris over a wide area. The third photo is of debris found in a meadow 800m away. (Despite Enercon and the developer Westfalen Wind downplaying the incident and saying that the blades just fell to the ground). Aye right – we can see that they did! Continue reading Wind Energy’s Absurd adds 3 new pictures→
Welcome to the latest Energy and Environmental Newsletter.
We have long advocated that a Property Value Guarantee (PVG) be included in any local wind ordinance that is serious about protecting the rights of citizens. Not suprisingly, the wind industry is adamantly opposed to a PVG… We were alerted to the fact that Exxon is offering a PVG near one of their fossil fuel facilities! What’s acceptable for fossil fuels should be good enough for wind turbines…
Here is an example of why the setback issue is so important and why the setbacks should always be measured from the property line and not your home. Permissive setbacks measured from the home are an infringement on the non-participants property. Future use of that property is altered because of safety and well being concerns associated with the turbines.
OK, just tell ’em we’ll build a factory with a thousand jobs.
Hoodwinking its way around the globe, the wind industry always pitched the promise of building factories to locally manufacture blades or towers.
Over time, it’s turned out that such promises were just bait for the politicians they needed to sign over their constituents’ hard-won property rights, and to deliver the massive and endless subsidies that make this ‘industry’ tick.
Back in 2002, South Australia’s Labor government fell for it, hook, line and sinker: signing up to a deal that destroyed property rights (the usual planning rules were gutted in favour of wind developers) and, ultimately, its economy.
A band of chancers and shysters with Babcock & Brown (aka Infigen) promised a blade manufacturing plant – pencilled in its Memorandum of Understanding as being worth ‘$XX million’ in ‘exchange’ for ‘XX’ worth of taxpayer subsidies to build it – padding it out with more promises about ‘XX’ hundreds of groovy ‘green’ jobs. Continue reading Duped: Canada’s ‘Green’ Jobs Bonanza Turns Cruel Hoax→
Local Communities May Finally Get a Say on Industrial Wind!
New Compromise Language for Setbacks Being Negotiated
Right now there is an amendment to SB 238 being crafted that will give power to local counties, townships, and residents to determine if they want to allow industrial wind turbine into their communities.
Nothing is set in stone, but the language of this compromise is being negotiated by Senator McColley.
The Feb. 24 editorial by The Lima News ignores basic problems with wind energy. Most proponents of wind energy do not answer these questions: • What happens when the wind doesn’t blow? Wind cannot provide 100 percent of our electricity; our electrical companies would have to stay online to keep the grid running; no reduction […]
My correspondence about the overlapping of interests between Communists and the leaders of some mainstream environmental movements, clearly hit a nerve and resulted in an unusually high response rate. (I was correctly reminded that this is not just a fight going on in America.) At this point over 95% are in agreement.
A sample comment: “I watch Russia Today (RT) quite a bit as an antidote to the pro-EU propaganda of the BBC. I have long noticed RT’s support for every Luddite environmentalist group opposed to a realistic energy policy.”
I got many requests to repost, and my answer to all was that in this case I’d prefer anyone who would like to do that, to put this important matter in their own words. None if this is about me anyway.
“The wind industry says there are no independent studies proving the turbines cause health problems.” – Scott McFetridge (Associated Press), “New Rebellion Against Wind Energy Stalls or Stops Projects, February 20, 2018. In “New Rebellion Against Wind Energy Stalls or Stops Projects,” Scott McFetridge brought national attention to the growing, effective pushback against government-enabled, environmentally degrading …
Figures 4 to 6 show the results for different-size blade pieces from different-size turbines at different wind speeds and blade tip speeds. For normal tip speeds (figs 4 and 5), the potential blade throw distance for a 2.3-MW turbine was calculated to be ~500 m (1,640 ft) and for a 5-MW turbine ~900 m (2,953 ft). At “extreme” tip speeds (fig 6) the corresponding distances were 800 m (2,625 ft) and 1500 m (4,921 ft).