Today we were reminded of that old Blood, Sweat & Tears song – Spinning Wheel. “What goes up must come down, Spinnin’ wheel got to go ’round, Talkin’ ’bout your troubles it’s a cryin’ sin….” This time the spinning wheel is the rotor of the wind turbine at the Honda Transmission plant in Russell’s Point. It is laying on the ground near a very large crane that came to dismantle and repair the 160 foot blades, or gearbox or whatever isn’t working. These photos taken February 24th indicate some oil (or bat remains!) on the tower. The two Honda turbines were commissioned in December, 2013 – that is only about three years ago. We predicted this costly reality—long before the turbines were installed…
We also had to chuckle a little after notifying the local Urbana paper of the momentous news concerning EverPower’s (Kenton’s Buckeye Wind) impending sale. Dutifully, it was reported the next day – on page 10 under the feature about homeless dogs in need of adoption. Perhaps media bias isn’t limited to the New York Times.
Another chuckle came from the irony of the announcement by the Ohio EPA & Dept. of Health:
Ohio EPA: Director Craig W. Butler and Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges announced Mosquito Control Grant funding to help relieve the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis. According to the release, 40 grants approximately $1 million in total are being issued in 27 counties for the following objectives: mosquito surveillance, larval control, adult mosquito control, community outreach, breeding source reduction, and additional proposed activities.
No grants were made to Hardin, Logan or Champaign Counties where mosquito eating bats are at risk. Auglaize County was awarded two grants for Minster and St. Marys. More detail can be found at http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/media/MosquitoControl/MosquitoControlGrantsRound3.pdf . Coincidentally, Bat Conservation International released breaking news from Biological Conservation that wind turbines are on track to decimate the entire population of hoary bats.
Lisa Linowes of Wind Action has written an article that notes “The budget report released by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) last month showed that wind-related credits will balloon to nearly $6 billion per year in 2020, a ten-fold increase from 2008. The IRS guidance went well beyond a mere interpretation of the statute, yet the change was never subject to the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) or any type of budget scoring.” Lisa believes that President Trump can overrule the IRS guidance which gave the wind industry four more years of feeding off the taxpayer to the tune of $6 billion annually. Everyone should call their Congressman and ask that the IRS illegal guidance be rescinded by the President.
The Dayton and Springfield paper gave prominence to an article favoring wind, solar and state mandates penned by Ned Ford. What they did not disclose was Ned Ford is the Energy Chair of the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club and a member of the Club’s national Global Warming and Energy Committee. Ford has been actively lobbying for electric utility efficiency strategies and renewables since 1983. His article is full of bad info or – what’s that Blood, Sweat & Tears called it? A cryin’ sin? Must be a sin of omission – as in there is no viable storage for renewables and there is no land upon which to build his dream of thousands of wind turbines.
And returning to the spinning wheel, the PUCO’s big wheel, Chairman Asim Haque addressed attendees at an energy conference in Columbus last week. “I think if you polled my staff today they would say, ‘We have felt somewhat oppressed from top down by, whether it’s commissioners or chairs, or whomever it is, to be able to do our jobs intelligently and appropriately.” Haque implored the group “Try to worry about Ohio before you worry about yourself.” Earth to Haque: come in please. The staff is oppressed? “Talkin’ ‘bout your troubles It’s a cryin’ sin.” “Talkin’ ’bout your troubles and you, you never learn….la la la.”.
Below is a link to a Master Resource article, that discusses the realities and fictional delusions pressed by BigWind. We encourage you to read through it and educate yourself. Please call your congressman and share, what you learn, with him/her….
[Editor Note: This essay, the fourth in a series aimed at correcting the most harmful wind energy-related policies of the Obama era, examines how the U.S. Department of Energy has set aside its scientific objectivity and, instead, has assumed the role of chief advocate for wind power in the federal government.]
Since 2008, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has touted the technical feasibility of using wind energy to meet 20 percent of the nation’s electricity demand by 2030. In 2015, the agency refined its plan with the release of its Wind Vision, which further qualified the opportunity and laid the groundwork for the US to achieve 10 percent wind power by 2020, 20 percent wind power by 2030, and 35 percent wind power by 2050.
DOE and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) insist that the industry is on track to meet these goals, but even a casual look at DOE’s claims makes clear that the reports are more advocacy than reality….