The U.S. wind power industry said on Wednesday that it had a solid 2014, with 2,500 turbines capable of producing 4,850 megawatts put into operation, a big jump from 2013’s piddling gain of 1,098 MW. Plus, as the year drew to a close, nearly 100 projects totaling 12,700 MW were under construction. Pretty picture, right?
“We worry about the industry going off the cliff again if we don’t get the Production Tax Credit extended as soon as possible,” said Tom Kiernan, who heads up the American Wind Energy Association.
U.S. wind walks an interesting line on the PTC, trumpeting that costs have plunged and made wind extraordinarily competitive, yet insisting that it needs the tax break to continue to grow. The glue that holds together that seemingly incoherent position is certainty – or lack thereof. The short-term nature of the PTC habitually leaves developers reacting to its coming and going, creating steep ramp-ups when it is in effect and, yes, cliffs when it expires.
An MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists as a discredited “cult” whose members are becoming more hysterical as emerging evidence continues to contradict their beliefs.
During an appearance on this writer’s radio show Monday, MIT Professor emeritus Richard Lindzen discussed the religious nature of the movement.
“As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical. I think that’s what’s happening here. Think about it,” he said. “You’ve led an unpleasant life, you haven’t led a very virtuous life, but now you’re told, you get absolution if you watch your carbon footprint. It’s salvation!”
Wherever giant fans have gone up – or are threatened to go up – neighbouring homeowners are finding that the value of their properties is being slashed in half – if they can find a willing buyer at all.
Scottish real estate agents trying to sell homes situated anywhere near giant fans are finding the task almost impossible, one of them, Iain Robb stating that:
“Properties next to sites where a planning application for a windfarm has been lodged are virtually unsellable.” (see our post here)
A while back we covered a report on the impact giant fans have on Australian rural property prices – put together by highly experienced property valuer, Peter Reardon. Reardon compiled a 30-page dossier on the impacts of wind farms on adjoining or nearby rural farms and found that having fans as neighbours led to discounts of between “33 per cent and 60 per cent in the market place”. Wind weasels – sticking firmly to their script – went all out to pooh-pooh Reardon’s work with the usual hysterical howls of “there’s no proof” (see our post here).
A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
“This,” indignantly responds Delingpole, going for the jugular, “is a quote—a genuine quote: not one devised by his enemies to satirise the outrageous absurdity of the wind industry’s specious claims—from Maf Smith, Deputy Chief of the wind industry propaganda arm RenewableUK [formerly called the British Wind Energy Association]. I suppose how far it qualifies as a lie depends on how you construe that weasel phrase ‘direct evidence.’ Evidence of one kind or another there certainly is aplenty.” There is indeed, and Delingpole goes on to provide it. Click here to read Delingpole’s article.
Webmaster’s Note: Moved this story from the drop down menu to be posted to give it center attention. This story is rather lengthy but what an eye opener! This story proves that wind turbines, wind farms, wind energy, etc is anything but green!
By SIMON PARRY in China
26 January 2011
On the outskirts of one of China’s most polluted cities, an old farmer stares despairingly out across an immense lake of bubbling toxic waste covered in black dust. He remembers it as fields of wheat and corn.
Yan Man Jia Hong is a dedicated Communist. At 74, he still believes in his revolutionary heroes, but he despises the young local officials and entrepreneurs who have let this happen.
As you read the following post, begin to think of encouraging our Congressman Gibbs to talk to his colleague Congressman Jordan. Hopefully this would engage Mr. Gibb’s selective hearing other than special interest lobbyist! You will find the “contact” button for Mr. Gibbs on the menu on the left.
Dennis Albert- Webmaster
Dear Ms. Hughes:
Knowing of your interest in the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy projects, I wanted to update you on action in Congress on this issue.
I am aware of the continuing debate about wind projects in our congressional district. My staff and I have heard from a number of residents affected by wind turbines in some way. The PTC made available to wind developers, which expired in 2013, is understandably of paramount concern to them.
Webmaster's Note:The truth is, not everyone in the Greenwich area will be affected directly by a wind turbine. But…everyone in the Greenwich and surrounding areas could be and will be affected by the presence of 25 industrial wind turbine generators tapped into the electrical grid we all use. This short report details why these behemoths need to tap into a community's source of electricity. This, unfortunately, could translate into power "brownouts" or even "blackouts" during peak load times of the year as well as increasing the cost of what you and I now pay for our electricity. All this and not one kilowatt of electricy generated (usually at only 25% efficiency of stated power production rating) is even for this area. When it comes to wind farms, it's really more about energy consumption than production and how it will affect the many not just the few.
This is a useful tool to use to show people how much one turbine can impact the property values of homes around it. Now imagine if any of Farmers B through E have a second neighbor with a turbine. They are completely prevented from ever doing anything on their own property again. But turbines don’t affect property values…..right.
Thanks to Concerned Citizens of Delta County for this photo. Origin unknown. Click on image to enlarge.
Thanks to April Brown Bordas for calling attention to this Facebook site! What a visual! And the state legislators say it is OK to place these monsters as close as 1250 ft. from the property line? Just by looking at this amazing visual, what do you think?
By Robert Romano | Americans for Limited Government
Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015
It may be time for the wind energy industry to finally stand on its own two feet.
On Jan. 28, the U.S. Senate defeated an amendment by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) in favor of the now-expired wind production tax credit. It failed by a vote of 47 to 51.
And that was merely a “sense of Congress” non-binding resolution in favor of the policy, which funds an inflation-adjusted 2.3 cents per-kilowatt-hour (kWh) tax credit for electricity generated that were constructed before January 1, 2015.
Webmaster’s Note:In my search for material of interest to view, I discovered this article from a couple of months ago. It appears on an Australian site called ” Stop These Things!”. The story alludes to our Chili Rally we had in November so it is a little dated ( and it is a bit long) but they saved the best for last! Keep reading, it appears our story has found its way around the globe! If you should like to visit their site you will find a link in the menu on the left.
December 13, 2014 by stopthesethings
Around the world, rural communities are fighting back hard against the great wind power fraud.
Wherever wind farms have appeared – or have been threatened – big numbers of locals take a set against the monsters being speared into their previously peaceful – and often idyllic – rural communities. Their anger extends to the goons that lied their way to development approval – and the bent officials that rubber-stamped their applications and who, thereafter, help the operators ride roughshod over locals’ rights to live in and enjoy the peace and comfort of their own homes and properties. Continue reading Ohio Joins Global Effort to Slam the Door on Big Wind→
Webmaster’s Note:An interesting read and a lot of parallels with what has and is happening in the United States . Let us pray that our government officials will come to their senses and stop trying “to board this sinking ship”!
for The Windsor Star
Jan 31, 2015
How do we ensure that when one government abuses its power, we don’t have to live with the consequences for a generation? Through the supremacy of our democratically elected legislative assembly in Ontario.
When I was in junior high school, my family relocated from Denver to a tiny speck of a town on the Eastern Plains of Colorado; a part of the state that’s inhabited by few and appreciated by fewer still — four hours from the nearest ski slope.
It’s the High Plains in the truest sense of those words — more than a mile above sea level, flat and treeless. There are nothing but wheat fields and perma-brown pastures as far as the eye can see, and boy, can the eye see far. A tourist trap along the highway makes the dubious claim that one can see six states from its rooftop: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, melancholy, desperation and despair. Continue reading STOP SIGNS ARE FOREVER: The winds of urban guilt→
IKEA (the furniture company) and APEX (a wind energy company)failed to make payments to Ambassador Steel Fabrication, LLS from Auburn, Indiana. The failure of IKEA and APEX to make their payments in a timely manner is now causing issues for farmers and other land owners who leased their properties for the project. Below is a link(or click here for names) to the list of names which are found on the documents recorded at the Vermilion County Recorder’s office in Document # 14-09577. This document is a “NOTICE OF SUBCONTRACTORS CLAIM and ILLINOIS MECHANIC’S LIEN CLAIM-LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENT” For details, please see the lien documents which you can view HERE and HERE. Continue reading IKEA/APEX Wind Farm Non-payment Causes Liens to be Filed Against Local Farmers→
Q: If the above statement is not true – and (see below) it isn’t – would it make it any more true were it to be uttered in an important speech at Davos by fashion designer, songwriter and hip hop producer Pharrell Williams?
Apparently the reality that America’s economic output declined by 1 percent in the first quarter, retail and home sales are plummeting, and a record-setting 1 in 8 (or 10 million) American men in their prime working years between ages 25–54 aren’t working or looking for work will be no impediment for a president determined to impose a radical environmentalist agenda on the nation. On Monday, the Obama administration announced the first-of-their-kind national limits on carbon emissions from the nation’s more than 600 coal-fired power plants. The proposed regulation, implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will demand a 30 percent cut in emissions by 2030. Continue reading Obama’s Environmentalist Attack on America→
Webmaster’s note:This protest/rally was organized by the Interstate Informed Citizens on Tuesday January 20th, 2015 and was headed up by co-directors Kevon Martis and Josh Van Camp. Key speakers for the event were Michigan state representative Ray Franz, Cary Shineldecker, Mr. Steven Transeth (former MPSC Commissioner), Tom Stacy, Mr. Cal Peters (retired inspector/investigator in the Michigan DEQ Air Quality program), Ms. Valerie Brader (senior policy adviser to Governor Snyder) and Kevon Martis.
Michigan is in a bad way concerning base power load ( uninterrupted power) issues due to the mandated closing of several coal plants slated for 2016. No doubt the AWEA will think this to be a prime opportunity to push their agenda! In the following gallery you will recognize our own Kevin & Marcia Ledet as well as some others we’ve crossed paths with , enjoy!
November 28, 2014 by stopthesethings
Lies, treachery and deceit are all in a day’s work for wind power outfits, their parasites and spruikers (see posts here and here and here).
But lies about “unhelpful” facts tend to lose their shine as the facts in question keep bobbing up from credible observers – in much the same way piles of dead birds and bats keep accumulating at the bases of giant fans all over the world – and in their millions.
The liberal media machine has spent decades bulldozing anyone who tells you global warming is a sham. They even came up with a clever little title — “deniers.”
Every time a heat wave hits, every time a picture of a lone polar bear gets taken . . . the left pounds the table for environmental reform, more policy, more money to combat climate change. But how much has the world really warmed? Continue reading New Reports: There Is No Global Warming→
Flying Low, Dodging Towers
Wind turbine syndrome news report
Health professionals in Canada speak out on Wind Tubines
Denmark: people sick from Wind Turbine Syndrome As bigger turbines replace smaller ones
Health Board Says the Shirley Wind Project is a Health Hazard
Kevon Martis speaks about Wind Turbines to NBC25's Brett Dickie
Ontario wind turbines -- An inefficient, unreliable energy fiasco
Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines
Wind Farms Killing Wildlife Without Repercussions
Wind Turbines Causing Dark Nights for Bats
Iberdrola, EverPower, NextEra, Apex, WindLab…they are all talking to your Representatives…Are You?