Webmaster’s Note:As I read this article a couple of questions “popped” into my mind, maybe in yours, too…
1. A Mr. Timothy Burch says he is for “green energy” and he makes the assumption that it is good for all. Apparently he’s been taking payments right along from an industrial grade wind facility project that has yet to be built. Oh oh, no project…no more money! I wonder which “green” Mr. Burch is referring to?
2. And now, from the “heads up” department, we see a “sneaky” politician in action ( obviously it doesn’t really matter Republican or Democrat). As Ohioans, how far can our politicians be trusted?Yeah.. I know…
March 4, 2015 – State Representative Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek, 4th District) authored House Bill 188. It passed Wednesday in the Pennsylvania House with flying colors: 194 to 1.
The bill was first introduced 4 years ago, and did pass the House, but never made it onto the governor’s desk.
In a statement Wednesday, Rep. Sonney said:
“I am hoping this is the first step toward eventually advancing the bill to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature. Under existing law, owners of preserved farm land may grant a right-of-way for the installation, transportation or use of water, sewage, electric, telephone, coal or non-coal minerals by underground mining methods. It’s simply common sense to allow them this additional use of their property.”Continue reading House Passes Bill Promoting Wind Energy Expansion→
An earlier article explained that for President Obama, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and the national environmental lobby, the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) is at the top of the to-do list for the lame-duck session that will close out the 113th Congress. While lawmakers debate the PTC, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing its first regulation on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants—the foundation of President Obama’s broader “climate” agenda. These two policies—the wind PTC and the most recent EPA regulations on power plants—not only independently support the administration’s climate agenda, but also reinforce each other in important ways. Therefore, if Republicans in Congress truly want to rein in the EPA, they must reject any attempt to revive the wind PTC.
The EPA’s Regulation of CO2 Emissions from Existing Power Plants
Webmaster’s Note:This post will be highlighting the story last week about Iberdrola’s pay out of 2+ million dollar “donation” (interesting word) to Van Wert from the operation of Blue Creek Industrial Wind Generating Facility ( here at GNU, we don’t call them “farms” any more. ). Both stories come from the local Lima newspaper. The first is the original story and the second article ( sent in by a Dawn Davis) is a response to that story. Ms. Davis tends to paint the “whole picture”, something the original story conveniently omits.
1. Wind farm company presents second year of donations
February 23. 2015 by Lindsay Friedman
VAN WERT — When asked if they could see wind turbines from home, a conference room containing 19 Crestview student council members with laptops raised their hands.
“Well, I can see the lights,” one student said.
The group of students and laptops were gathered together to help exemplify what the school does with donations from Iberdrola Renewables.
The company is responsible for the construction of Blue Creek Wind Farm’s 115 turbines in Van Wert, which serve as the largest single taxpayer in the county. The turbines have also been credited for creating a significant boon for local economy. Continue reading Two “Tales” don’t wag the same way→
from WATTS UP WITH THAT? Guest opinion by Paul Driessen
February 28, 2015
Climate Crisis extremists attack experts who challenge claims of imminent climate Armageddon
ISIL and other Islamist jihad movements continue to round up and silence all who oppose them or refuse to convert to their extreme religious tenets. They are inspiring thousands to join them. Their intolerance, vicious tactics and growing power seem to have inspired others, as well.
After years of claiming the science is settled and unprecedented man-made catastrophes are occurring right now, Climate Crisis, Inc. is increasingly desperate. Polls put climate change at the bottom of every list of public concerns. China and India refuse to cut energy production or emissions. Real-world weather and climate totally contradict their dire models and forecasts. Expensive, subsidized, environmentally harmful renewable energy makes little sense in world freshly awash in cheap, accessible oil, gas and coal.
Perhaps worse, Congress is in Republican control, and in 23 months the White House and Executive Branch could also shift dramatically away from the Freezing-Jobless-in-the-Dark Side of the Force.
Climate Crisis industrialists are also fed up with constant carping, criticism and questions from growing numbers of experts who will not kowtow to their End of Days theology Continue reading Climatic Jihad?→
SOFIA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s parliament scrapped
preferential prices for new renewable energy installations on
Thursday as the country is struggling to cut deficits in the
energy sector and keep a lid on consumers’ utility bills.
Wind power farms and photovoltaic parks mushroomed in 2011,
after Bulgaria introduced generous subsidies for renewable
energy, guaranteed for 20 years and committed to buy all the
energy produced by them.
Business has not exactly been booming for some wind turbine companies, according to a new report that found that one in four suppliers have gone with the wind in the past two years.
FTI Consulting reports that more than 120 wind industry suppliers have collapsed or gotten out of the wind business in the past two years. FTI notes that lagging economies and fears of having their subsidies taken away have wreaked havoc on wind-turbine suppliers.
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
RESIDENTS OF GREENWICH GATHER TO DISCUSS WIND TURBINES DESPITE THE BAD WEATHER
About 70 residents of Greenwich gathered on Sunday, February 22 at South-Central School to enjoy some hearty soups, listen to music and get an update on the proposed wind turbine development that is pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), Case number 13-990-EL-BGN.
Webmaster’s Note:Folks, we’re going to have to keep ourselves informed with the truth because”it’s the truth you knowthat sets and keeps you free”! There is another push in the works to inundate Ohio with more industrial wind power generators in the ‘backyards” of our rural communities. We cannot rely on the “PR” of big wind developers, the politicians and biased media who are all seemingly “eating” at the same table with them. Money can be and should be better spent for developing ways of enhanced energy conservation, making present energy systems cleaner, developing “base load” energy systems and not intermittent, etc. Read on and be enlightened!
Hell hath no fury like crony capitalists having their subsidies challenged. Case in point – the subsidy-dependent wind power industry is in emergency panic and attack mode on the heels of a paper documenting soaring electricity prices in the states most dependent on wind power.
Wind power lobbyists frequently claim expensive wind power somehow brings down electricity prices. In February of this year, for example, an American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) press release claimed “consumers in the states that use the most wind energy have fared much better than consumers in states that use less wind energy.” I decided to fact-check AWEA’s self-serving claim, and I published the results last week in an article for Forbes.com . For my fact check, I compiled electricity price data for the 10 states most dependent on wind power and compared those prices to national electricity prices. The data, provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, showed electricity prices are rising at least five faster than the national average in nine of the 10 states deriving the highest percentage of electricity from wind power. Continue reading Environmental Defense Fund Gets Schooled on Wind Power Costs→
While renewables subsidies have punished Europe, shale gas has cut U.S. emissions.
By Robert Bryce Feb. 2, 2014
For years, greens and many on the political left have insisted that widespread adoption of renewable energy will create jobs and stimulate the economy. An example: In September 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama claimed at a speech in Golden, Colo., that his planned investments in “green” energy would create “five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.”
Washington D.C.—Congressman Gibbs released the following statement after Chairman Shuster announced the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee assignments for the 114th Congress:
“I am looking forward to my third term as Chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. Last Congress, my subcommittee worked with the House and Senate to craft the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). WRRDA improves our nation’s water infrastructure and promotes economic growth, and was one of the few bipartisan bills the President signed into law last year,” said GibbsContinue reading Gibbs Named Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman→
While the arguments for wind power seem straightforward and compelling, Wind power would reduce our dependency on foreign oil, wind power is clean and would allow for the shut down of dirty fossil fuel fired power plants.
Wind power would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Investment in wind power quickly pays for itself.
These arguments sound all too powerful and all make sense. Or do they?
First, there is the notion that somehow wind power will reduce our dependency on foreign oil. This hope is hinged on the prospect that wind power will somehow replace fossil derived electric power.
Webmaster’s Note: At the very core of the wind power debacle is not the push for clean, renewable energy in order to “save” the planet. My observation has been the fight that we are now facing in Greenwich concerning the invasion of 500 ft. tall industrial electrical turbines stems from an out of control government. This is why you will be seeing more and more information presented on this website that will deal with topics about (but not limited to) the EPA (hyper regulation) & Climate change/Global warming /NASA (hyper alarmist).
By Charles Hurt – – Tuesday, March 18, 2014
for The Washington Times
If a man’s home is his castle, then his land is his kingdom.
Property boundaries, of course, must be respected, and trespassing across them becomes a legitimate matter of government’s concern. So, too, if you build a huge bonfire that rains toxic ash onto your neighbor’s land. Or hurl water balloons at his house using a giant, rubber-tubing slingshot that requires three people to operate.
And as old as the law itself are rules governing the use of water from flowing streams and rivers to ensure that landowners downstream are not denied their right to have and use water for their own benefit. These laws have never been designed to deny anyone the use of flowing water, but rather to ensure that everyone owning land along the waterway is able to enjoy reasonable use of the water.
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the states of facts and evidence.” (John Adams, 1770)
“Facts are stupid….(laughter) stubborn things.” (Ronald Reagan, 1988)
When President Regan, in his address to the 1988 Republican National Convention, stumbled on the word “stubborn”–referencing the famous John Adams quote above–he might as well have been talking about the chasm between the facts of acoustic investigation of wind turbine installation, as reported by the victims, and the hyperbole and spin from the industry itself.
“Wind Facts” are openly portrayed by the industry as “stupidly obvious” things: green, clean and free. Complainers, aka victims, are dismissed as hyper sensitive if not hypochondriacs. Academic or government studies often portray such subjects as having a natural disposition for unhappiness and discomfort about things such as body type, with inferences of predilection for an anti-wind position and negative physical effects. Continue reading Not In Their Minds: Denial in the Wind/Health Debate→
Junk Science: Google is literally and figuratively pulling the plug on its investment in renewable energy because the technology doesn’t work. Will its flop persuade the feds to stop dumping billions down this rat hole?
Back in 2007 Google commanded star-spangled headlines with its new high-tech venture to go all in on the next big thing in technology: green renewable energy.
The tech giant was saluted as a good corporate citizen for its initiative to help combat global warming. In launching the project, company executives boasted they would prove that wind and solar power were not just good for the environment, but that solar energy could be produced profitably on a mass scale to replace dirty coal and even natural gas.
Its “green energy czar,” Bill Weihl, boasted: “It is even odds, more or less” that within “three years, we could have multiple megawatts of plants out there.”
Despite the doom and gloom rhetoric from environmentalists, the world is not descending into climate chaos, asserts “skeptical environmentalist” Dr. Bjorn Lomborg.
Many so-called climate alarmists warn that mankind’s use of fossil fuels is making the weather more extreme as the planet rapidly heats up. But Lomborg says this is not borne out by the facts.
“This ignores that much of the data are actually encouraging,” Lomborg writes in the Wall Street Journal. “The latest study from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that in the previous 15 years temperatures had risen 0.09 degrees Fahrenheit. The average of all models expected 0.8 degrees. So we’re seeing about 90% less temperature rise than expected.”
Meteorologists apologize for “snowmageddon” predictions
by Paul Joseph Watson | January 27, 2015
After Governors in six states declared emergencies, with some threatening to order police to arrest anyone who drove during the snowstorm, the blizzard turned out to be a great deal more benign than the doomsday headlines just 24 hours before had billed it.
Scott Walker’s Budget Includes $250,000 To Study ‘Wind Energy System-Related Health Issues’
2 February 2015
The two-year, $68 billion budget proposal Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Tuesday includes a request for $250,000 to study the health impacts of wind turbines.
Page 449 of the budget proposal includes a recommendation from the governor “directing the commission to conduct a study on wind energy system-related health issues.” The request states that a report should be submitted to the governor and legislature within a year after the budget goes into effect.
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?