We have repeatedly stated that we should learn from the experiences of other countries. Below, is a discussion from Scotland, and it is mentioned that there are at least 700 ANTI-WIND groups between Britain and only 4 countries in the EU. America is the new playground for BigWind because our subsidies and renewable mandates are making them extremely profitable. While the companies are making Green$, citizens are suffering from the ill effects of living near the machines. Electricity rates are rising, and for what benefit? Certainly not the reduction of CO2…certainly not for a reduced need for ‘backup’ energy producers like nuclear,gas,coal…certainly not for the good of our energy-intensive manufacturers (who still remain in the USA)…the Ohio governor and legislature has it right. It was overdue time to reevaluate the mandate for BigWind and the proximity to our citizens (house bill 483 and senate bill 310)…
The intolerance of dissenting views by the Green Lobby is an unpleasant aspect of some of its members. They are perhaps unaware that tolerance of difference is a pillar of democracy and essential to individual freedom. But, whatever the reasons for vitriolic attacks on those against wind generators, environmentalists should take a closer look at Scottish opposition….
The most prominent in Scotland is the Windfarm Action Group…
But this green group and 300 others like in Britain, plus another 400 in four EU countries, are against windfarms. They have gone into the subject thoroughly and engineers and scientists back up their conclusions.
To those who accuse them of merely being concerned with their own backyards and not the common good, they say add up our membership and you will find an awful lot of backyards. They are simply against what does not make good sense. They are convinced that wind power:
– Is not a technically legitimate solution.
– Does not meaningfully reduce CO2 emissions.
– Is not a commercially viable source of energy
– Is not environmentally responsible.
They believe there are better solutions to Britain’s energy concerns; solutions that meet scientific, economic, and environmental tests – and they have good reasons.
They point to the massive subsidies that windfarms received initially from the British taxpayer, money that attracts multinational corporations like flies to treacle. These subsidies added to the higher price ordinary British householders pay for their electricity.
This “stealth” tax was considerable. Most consumers were unaware that it was used to make wind-generated economically feasible on the one hand, and to fill the pockets of the manufacturers on the other….
Among the usual objections to windfarms – they do not work all the time, they are noisy, kill birds and bats, and so on, the group adds a few more. For example, wind generators interfere with radar; dirt and flying insects affect their performance; ice build-up on the propellers affects performance even more; and wind turbulence further reduces their power production.
Finally, there is rust. Britain is a wet place but offshore wind turbines have salt to contend with as well. One Danish offshore wind farm had to be entirely dismantled for repair when it was only 18 months old.
Yes, groups such as these exist almost everywhere there are windfarms. They are often, like this Scottish one, as caring of the environment as anyone, perhaps more so. They are not only concerned with their own backyard; they are concerned about everyone’s backyard….