Are Americans being ‘DECEIVED’ by environmentalists and BigWind? YES


The radical environmentalists at Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense
Council and the outgoing Obama Administration must be exhausted from their
unceasing work to construct what can only be described as a renewable energy
Potemkin Village.

Wikipedia defines Potemkin Village as “any construction (literal or
figurative) built solely to deceive others into thinking that a situation is
better than it really is. The term comes from stories of a fake portable
village, built only to impress Empress Catherine II during her journey to
Crimea in 1787. “

The Potemkin Village we read about in this week’s studies, press reports and
activist propaganda demands that we believe the transition to renewable
energy is supported throughout the nation; has experienced tremendous
victories in state legislatures; is safe; can restore health; make the
blind see again and promote our national security. Oh but wait – we can
have none of these things without rolling back Ohio’s setbacks! Consider
today’s must read articles:

* In “The End of the Energiewende?” (Germany’s transition to
renewables) we read “Germany will never be able to rely on renewable
energy, regardless of how much new capacity will be built. Stable
high-pressure winter weather has resulted in a confrontation. An
Energiewende that relies mainly on wind and solar energy will not work in
the long run. This winter could go down in history as the event that
proved the German energy transition to be unsubstantiated and incapable of
becoming a success story. Electricity from wind and solar generation has
been catastrophically low for several weeks. December brought new declines.
A persistent winter high-pressure system with dense fog throughout Central
Europe has been sufficient to unmask the fairy tale of a successful energy
transition, even for me as a lay person.” “In other words, one cannot
simultaneously rely on massive amounts of wind and sunshine, dispense with
nuclear power plants (for very good reasons), significantly lower the supply
of fossil energy, and nevertheless tell people that electricity will
definitely be available in the future. Exactly that, however, is what
politics largely does almost every day.” Sounds like Germany is more of a
Potemkin nation!

* Former Vermont Lt. Governor Brian Dubie writes an open letter to the
people of Connecticut who think it would be great to source their renewable
power in Vermont. Says Dubie, “The Vermont utilities have said that the
cost of the power is too high, they do not need the power, and they will not
support a project that the host town opposes (the town of Swanton, Vermont
voted almost five to one against this proposed industrial wind plant). “We
know from experience people who live near an industrial wind project suffer.
In 2015, neighbors living within 3,800 feet of an industrial wind project on
Vermont’s Georgia Mountain filed a motion for relief. They reported sleep
disturbance and other health impacts caused by the operations of the
440-foot-tall turbines. Vermont’s Department of Public Service found the
neighbors’ complaints to be credible and serious, and concluded that turbine
operations could be “indicative of a significant impairment of the quality
of life for some nearby residents.” Significant impairment of quality of
life is why the town of Georgia lowered the assessed property values of
homes close to the Georgia Mountain turbines. The proposed Swanton wind
plant turbines are taller and closer to neighbors. We know from experience
that the four 440-foot turbines within 3,800 feet of homes impair the
quality of life in Georgia, imagine the impact seven 499-foot turbines would
have on the 34 homes lying within 2,500 feet, and 134 homes within one mile
of the proposed Swanton wind turbines. Sound pressure levels would be at
least 2.3 times greater. Officials at the Vermont Department of Health
acknowledge turbines make noise. Noise can annoy and disturb sleep.
Annoyance and disturbed sleep can have grave health impacts. This has been
confirmed by a recent Canadian health study, which found people who are
exposed to turbine noise louder than 40 dBA will be “extremely or highly
annoyed.” Perhaps the people of Connecticut are descendants of the
Empress Catherine II.

* The “Safety of power-generating wind turbines questioned” in German
media reports. “In the past four weeks, four giant power-generating wind
turbines in Germany have either toppled over or experienced broken rotary
blades. Now the question is: How safe are wind turbines really?” “There are
around 26,500 wind turbines nationwide, and on average six to seven
incidents per year – such as a fire after a lightning strike or a broken
rotor blade.” But four catastrophic failures in one week belies this
Potemkin safety record.

* As for claims of good health effects from wind and solar, a Colorado
paper writes a “Follow up to wind farm health concerns.” This article
reports “wind farm effects ranged from feeling dizzy and nauseous to
concerns about dirty electricity and the potential for the electromagnetic
waves to cause atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).” ” According to
an article in the April 2016 issue of the NFH, Kory Feick, a resident living
with turbines three-quarters of the way around her house, said the turbines
produce such a bad shadow flicker effect that she keeps the blinds on her
windows closed. The closest turbines are about 1,320 feet from her home, the
article states. Feick said she is bothered by the shadow flicker but
seeing the spinning blades on the turbines is worse because it makes her
violently sick to her stomach. The problem escalated to the point she had to
take medicine to keep from vomiting. In a December 2016 follow-up
interview with the NFH, Feick said, “I am still on medication for throwing
up because I do that almost daily. I get headaches and get dizzy from the
spinning of the turbines. I am also on anxiety medication.” Feick said
this past summer, she was unable to tend the large garden she has been
cultivating since she moved to her house in 2006. The spinning blades make
her dizzy, and she loses her balance so she is unable to be outside long
enough to do much gardening, if any, she said. “I used to have all kinds of
berries, corn, wheat, beans, just about anything you can think of,” Feick
said. We remind readers that shadow flicker over the expanse of a
property is significantly more than what is reported by the wind industry
and the regulators who only consider the amount of flicker coming through a
computer-modeled theoretical “window” on the side of a house.

* In North Carolina, “lawmakers have asked the incoming Trump
administration to shut down the Amazon Wind Farm US East wind turbine
project, shown here Thursday, Dec. 1. The letter from House Speaker Tim
Moore and other lawmakers claims the project’s wind turbines are a threat to
national security. State Sen. Bill Cook and the leaders of the General
Assembly are asking the incoming Trump administration to kill the
almost-operational Amazon Wind Farm US East. They claim the wind farm will
interfere with long-range radar at the Navy’s Northwest Annex in Chesapeake,
Virginia, and thus represents a national security threat.” “Disputing
claims the wind farm is safe, the lawmakers’ letter argues a
government-funded study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found
wind turbines within 28 miles of a relocatable over-the-horizon radar
receiver “would almost certainly seriously degrade the ROTHR’s performance.”
All of the wind farm’s turbines are within 28 miles of the Northwest Annex,
the letter states.” And confirming reports we have heard about pressure
from the White House on the Pentagon, “But the lawmakers’ letter said the
Pentagon dropped opposition to the wind farm because of the “political
correctness” of outgoing President Barack Obama’s administration.”

Against this backdrop, the Potemkin Village construction crew labors on.


* Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Information Technology
Industry Council compiled a report on the “Top 10 States in Corporate Clean
Energy Options” finding Ohio ranks eighth in the country when it comes to
corporate clean energy procurement, according to a new report. The report
provides an in depth look at the ease with which major retail companies can
procure renewable energy on a state by state basis. Really? A state with
marginal wind resources ranks 8th in the nation? The report, which is
being widely distributed notes “Retailers are at the forefront of the
growing trend to procure clean energy to power their operations; this index
will help them focus on the states that are conducive to doing business,”
RILA Senior Vice President Adam Siegel said in a statement. “We urge state
governments to look hard at steps they can take to promote customer choice
for renewable energy so that they can open the doors to new investments.”
The report rates states based on utility purchasing options, third-party
purchasing options, and onsite/direct deployment options, which are used to
calculate an index score for each state.” Gee….all that without
mandates. But alarmingly, “despite Ohio’s place near the top of the list,
the report highlights one roadblock: a 2014 law establishing a minimum
1,125-foot property line setback for wind turbines. Businesses, including
representatives of Amazon, testified in the House last year and urged
lawmakers to revise the setbacks. That effort failed, as did attempts to
eliminate the setback via amendments during the waning hours of the lame
duck session. The report said the setback “has effectively scuttled most new
wind farm development in the state. Ohio is the only state with such tight
restrictions in place, but legislative efforts are underway in other
states.” Such barriers should be removed by state lawmakers, the report
argues, to avoid turning away investment opportunities. HONESTLY – A BIG
OHIO’S COVETED RILA RANKING? We were curious about a statement made on page
14 of the report, “In addition to the many state policies and electricity
market structures tracked in this index that determine a state’s
attractiveness for corporate RE deployment, some states have erected (or are
considering) provisions that make wind and solar projects cost-prohibitive.
While the index indicators do not cover these barriers (many of the policies
are still outliers), it’s worth discussing how these roadblocks impact
corporate RE procurement. Prominent among these are state-specific siting
restrictions, targeted taxes, and electricity rate structures.” We think
this exposes the study as just another wind industry construct since it
appears that our silly desires for health and safety are just too expensive
to accommodate. That is “rich” given the demands for local tax abatement on
top of state mandates.

* The Natural Resources Defense Council is the Potemkin marketing
agency. In a recent article they write that “Meanwhile, in Ohio, Governor
John Kasich has just defied members of his own party by vetoing a bill that
would have continued a deplorably cynical freeze on the state’s move toward
renewable energy. In defending his veto, the Republican and 2016
presidential candidate cited the economic harm that would befall his state
were it to abandon its sizeable investments in the clean energy sector,
which currently employs nearly 90,000 Ohioans.” “Each of these happy
developments represents another forceful refutation of all the shopworn
clichés about clean energy: that it’s practically unfeasible, for instance,
or that it’s somehow inimical to job growth, or that it’s something only
tree huggers care about. More and more, these clichés are being revealed for
what they are: desperate and outdated political posturing. Republicans in
Washington, D.C., who stubbornly cling to them should take a lesson from
their counterparts in heartland states-and not just the aforementioned ones,
but also states like Texas and Iowa-and get with the program. If they don’t,
they’re going to look even more out of touch with public sentiment than they
already do.” Okay, we guess Gov. Kasich drank the kool-ade and is now the
Mayor of Potemkin!

* Worse yet, a recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon
University thinks Ohio is one of the best places to build a solar array,
wind farm or uh….Potemkin Village….. because of alleged reductions in
pollution – “when you take into account all the carbon dioxide and other
pollutants that get reduced. Likewise, a new wind farm in West Virginia can
deliver more health benefits than one built in California, at least in the
short term. The reason, say the researchers, is that you have to take into
account the sort of energy that’s likely to be displaced by the new solar
panels and wind turbines. Out in Texas or Oklahoma, wind turbines would
crowd out relatively clean natural gas-fired plants. That would cut down on
carbon-dioxide emissions and other pollutants. But it’s not quite as big a
deal as, say, building a wind farm in Ohio – where the wind would displace
coal power and lead to a 20 percent bigger reduction in pollutants that are
heating the planet or causing respiratory problems.” We can guarantee
this “study” is going to come back over and over again in the Ohio General
Assembly. We can hear it now. “Setbacks must be reduced for the health of
the children!”

* Greenpeace issued its own report called “Clicking Clean” in which
they assert “, that seller of all things, offers endless
information on its products. But the sharing stops cold when it comes to its
own energy use and carbon footprint, and that reticence might be slowing the
greening of the electric grid, a new report claims. The study from
Greenpeace, called “Clicking Clean,” is a periodic and comprehensive look at
the energy and carbon impact of high-tech companies. The sector’s importance
is hard to overstate. Among private companies, information-technology firms
were responsible for more than two-thirds of the 3.4 gigawatts of renewable
energy purchased in 2015.” So now Greenpeace thinks Amazon is not doing
enough. They also believe that renewable power generation must be located
IN THE STATE where the Amazon facility is located….but then again there
are those pesky setback issues in Ohio.

We apologize for making this Wind News so lengthy but in just one week the
stark contrast between reality and the fraudulent world of the renewable
crowd has been remarkable. We all need to understand it. Mercifully, the
person who understands it better than anyone, former Senator and now Ohio
State Representative Bill Seitz, has been named CHAIRMAN of the House Public
Utilities Committee. In an open letter to the Cincinnati media, Seitz

“Finally, despite those who disparage the president-elect and his Cabinet,
the Trump energy policy is based on: 1) Eliminating barriers to energy
independence through means such as approving the Keystone and Dakota
pipelines and authorizing additional exploration. and 2) Revising or
repealing U.S. EPA regulations such as the misnamed Clean Power Plan that
would have increased Ohio electric rates by 39 percent by 2025, according to
the Ohio EPA director’s congressional testimony. Such a strategy involves
neither mandates nor subsidies, while simultaneously allowing “clean energy
competitors” to compete on their merits (price, reliability, environmental
attributes) if they can. That sounds much more like a free market capitalist
plan than does the top down web of government mandates and subsidies that
today prop up the renewable energy business, a web from which “Trump’s
troika” may rescue us even though Kasich and the Democrats remain happily
enmeshed in it.”

Five more days!….