Is Surging US Wind Power Headed off a Cliff?

on January 28, 2015

for Breaking Energy

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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?

Maybe not.

“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.

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Source: AWEA Continue reading Is Surging US Wind Power Headed off a Cliff?

MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming Believers a ‘Cult’

by Howie Carr

21 Jan 2015  Boston, MA

 global_warmingAn 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!”

Lindzen, 74, has issued calm dismissals of warmist apocalypse, reducing his critics to sputtering rage. Continue reading MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming Believers a ‘Cult’

Banks Refuse to Lend for Properties Neighbouring Wind Farms

Webmaster’s Note: Though this story is in reference to our neighbors “up north”, dare we think that it would be any different for us?

January 5, 2015 by

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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).

While the wind industry – always fast and loose with the ‘truth’ – Continue reading Banks Refuse to Lend for Properties Neighbouring Wind Farms

Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

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January 27, 2015 5:00 am

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.

One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president of a London-based investment firm whose president until recently chaired the board of the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft. Continue reading Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

Wind turbines blow down property value, says expert

Editor’s note:  In an article unsubtly titled “Wind Industry Big homeLies,” British journalist James Delingpole zeroes in on Big Wind’s biggest lie of all:

And there’s no direct evidence that they affect house prices, in fact the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors says they don’t.”

RenewableUK (aka British Wind Energy Association)

“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.

In the article, below, veteran Chicago property appraiser, Michael McCann, adds his own rebuttal to RenewableUK’s deceit. Continue reading Wind turbines blow down property value, says expert

In China, the true cost of Britain’s clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale

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

for MailOnline

This toxic lake poisons Chinese farmers, their children and their land. It is what's left behind after making the magnets for Britain's latest wind turbines... and, as a special Live investigation reveals, is merely one of a multitude of environmental sins committed in the name of our new green Jerusalem
This toxic lake poisons Chinese farmers, their children and their land. It is what’s left behind after making the magnets for Britain’s latest wind turbines… and, as a special Live investigation reveals, is merely one of a multitude of environmental sins committed in the name of our new green Jerusalem

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.

‘Chairman Mao was a hero and saved us,’ he says. ‘But these people only care about money. They have destroyed our lives.’ Continue reading In China, the true cost of Britain’s clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale

A Response to Linda Hughes (Wind News) from Congressman Jim Jordan

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.

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Jim Jordan

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.

Continue reading A Response to Linda Hughes (Wind News) from Congressman Jim Jordan

As far as Greenwich is concerned: Wind Turbines use what they don’t give us!

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.

 

Energy Consumption by Wind Turbines by GNU

A GREAT DIAGRAM TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW A TURBINE CAN IMPACT ITS NEIGHBORS

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.
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Link to Wind Turbine Industry In Rural Ohio has been added on the left

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?

Is the wind production tax credit dead?

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 51.54cba33730cf2.image

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.

In 2014, it cost taxpayers $6.4 billion paid out to owners and operators of wind turbines. Continue reading Is the wind production tax credit dead?

Ohio Joins Global Effort to Slam the Door on Big Wind

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

After taking in the Welcome mat, Ohio slams the door on Windlab.
After taking in the Welcome mat, Ohio slams the door on Windlab.

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

Ending Ontario’s wind power “ripoff”

 

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”!

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MONTE McNAUGHTON

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.

In 2009, the Ontario Liberals misused their majority when they stripped municipalities of their long-standing land planning rights in order to impose the wind turbine experiment. Continue reading Ending Ontario’s wind power “ripoff”

STOP SIGNS ARE FOREVER: The winds of urban guilt

Nate Strauch Nate Strauch is a reporter with the Herald Democrat.
Nate Strauch is a reporter with the Herald Democrat.

By Nate Strauch
Herald Democrat

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/APEX Wind Farm Non-payment Causes Liens to be Filed Against Local Farmers

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January 17, 2015

 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

2014 Was Not the ‘Hottest Year on Record’. So Why Did NASA Claim It Was?

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by James Delingpole   

23 Jan 2015

“2014 was the hottest year on record.”

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?

A: Nope. Continue reading 2014 Was Not the ‘Hottest Year on Record’. So Why Did NASA Claim It Was?

The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums

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By Anne Schieber | Jan. 24, 2015

After initially allowing Michigan Capitol Confidential to sit in and listen to its Michigan Wind Energy Forum in Lansing on Tuesday, the American Wind Energy Association changed its mind.

Within five minutes, an association official grabbed Michigan Capitol Confidential’s camera and asked its reporter, Anne Schieber, to leave. Schieber was stationed in the back of the room, observing and recording for a potential news story. Continue reading The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums

Obama’s Environmentalist Attack on America

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June 3, 2014 by Arnold Ahlert for Frontpage Mag

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

AWEA protested by Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition in Lansing , Michigan

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!

Wind Industry 101: #1 ALWAYS Lie About “Unhelpful” FACTS: #2 (if #1 Fails) SUPPRESS the FACTS

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).lies-e1407208078408

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 tactic – straight from “Wind Industry 101” – is simply to lie about any “unhelpful” facts and – when that fails – go all out to cover up those facts by either launching a vitriolic personal attack on those presenting the facts – or trundling off to court to prevent the facts from ever seeing the light of day (see our post here). Continue reading Wind Industry 101: #1 ALWAYS Lie About “Unhelpful” FACTS: #2 (if #1 Fails) SUPPRESS the FACTS

New Reports: There Is No Global Warming

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Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015

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

Iberdrola, EverPower, NextEra, Apex, WindLab…they are all talking to your Representatives…Are You?