For those of you who still believe that BigWind is clean and green, you must read the highlights below. Learn about the truths such as the massive amount of fossil fuels that are essential to generate the renewables. Learn about how expensive their energy actually is to produce and learn this surprising reality that, “Industry experts sometimes privately admit that in the life of a wind turbine it will never manage to offset its own carbon footprint...”
Pres. Trump is no fan of wind turbines, as he’s hinted on Twitter. So if he is to crush this bloated industry he’ll need some support.
But there’s a very powerful lobby which would like us to see wind turbines as being clean, eco-friendly and vital for the planet’s future. So if President Trump is to crush this bloated, parasitical industry as it deserves he’ll need some serious fire support…
Yep. All those views blighted; all that wildlife sliced and diced; all those billions of dollars of subsidies wasted – in order to produce a form of power so inefficient and triflingly irrelevant that it still supplies not much more than 0 per cent of the world’s energy consumption.
This isn’t something you ever hear from renewables industry lobbyists who would like us to believe that wind is the future:
Nationwide, wind provided 5.6 percent of all electricity produced in 2016, an amount of electricity generation that has more than doubled since 2010. Much of the demand for new wind energy generation in recent years has come from Fortune 500 companies including Home Depot, GM, Walmart and Microsoft that are buying wind energy in large part for its low, stable cost.
But then, so many and varied are the half-truths, distractions and outright lies put out the wind industry that in any other sector half of these reptilian scumbags would be behind bars by now for selling a false prospectus.
One dirty trick – see that paragraph on US wind coverage above – is to talk about “electricity” rather than “energy.” Ridley points out the difference here:
From the International Energy Agency’s 2016 Key Renewables Trends, we can see that wind provided 0.46 per cent of global energy consumption in 2014, and solar and tide combined provided 0.35 per cent. Remember this is total energy, not just electricity, which is less than a fifth of all final energy, the rest being the solid, gaseous, and liquid fuels that do the heavy lifting for heat, transport and industry.
Another well-used cheat is to quote the fact that 14 per cent of the world’s energy is renewable – leading the unwary public to assume, incorrectly, that the majority of this must be the two renewables they must commonly hear about, wind and solar.
In fact the vast majority — three quarters — is biomass (mainly wood), and a very large part of that is ‘traditional biomass’; sticks and logs and dung burned by the poor in their homes to cook with. Those people need that energy, but they pay a big price in health problems caused by smoke inhalation.
Perhaps the biggest lie of all is that wind is now the cheapest form of energy.
As Paul Homewood explains in detail here, this is only plausible if you use Enron accounting techniques. If it were really true, though, then the wind industry would be able to survive without subsidies – which it won’t, can’t, and never will be able to unless, somehow, the laws of physics are radically altered…
And despite what its advocates claim, wind isn’t even “clean.”
Wind turbines, apart from the fibreglass blades, are made mostly of steel, with concrete bases. They need about 200 times as much material per unit of capacity as a modern combined cycle gas turbine. Steel is made with coal, not just to provide the heat for smelting ore, but to supply the carbon in the alloy. Cement is also often made using coal. The machinery of ‘clean’ renewables is the output of the fossil fuel economy, and largely the coal economy.
A two-megawatt wind turbine weighs about 250 tonnes, including the tower, nacelle, rotor and blades. Globally, it takes about half a tonne of coal to make a tonne of steel. Add another 25 tonnes of coal for making the cement and you’re talking 150 tonnes of coal per turbine. Now if we are to build 350,000 wind turbines a year (or a smaller number of bigger ones), just to keep up with increasing energy demand, that will require 50 million tonnes of coal a year. That’s about half the EU’s hard coal–mining output.
Industry experts sometimes privately admit that in the life of a wind turbine it will never manage to offset its own carbon footprint...
My personal view, having followed this story for years and witnessed for myself the devastation caused by wind turbines, both to landscapes and to human health, is that of all the world’s environmental scams, the wind industry is the most corrupt, mendacious and environmentally disruptive…
Even if you believe in the great global warming scare, wind turbines are just a pointless, hugely expensive and environmentally damaging distraction which will make no significant difference to the amount of CO2 we humans produce.
Around the world, thankfully, people are ignoring the propaganda – even Big Oil companies love to show how green they are by including photographs of wind turbines on their promotional material – and waking up to the fact.
Here, for example, is Annette Smith, a campaigner from Vermont, telling it like it really is for the people who have to live next to these monstrosities:
Prospective neighbors of wind turbines heard all the promises: “Quiet as a library.” “Like a baby’s breath.” “The same decibel level as a refrigerator.” The more brazen wind developers claimed “you will not hear them.”
Then the four hundred and fifty foot wind towers with their bus-size nacelles and three-bladed fans were built. Sixteen in Sheffield, four on Georgia Mountain, twenty-one in Lowell. And neighbors learned the truth. Yes, you can hear them. They sound like “a jet plane that never lands,” or “sneakers in a drier,” or there is a “thump thump thump” or a “whoosh whoosh whoosh” as the blade passes the tower, causing something called amplitude modulation.
“If the noise was the same all the time, maybe we could get used to it,” say some exasperated neighbors.
Wind turbine neighbors talk about feeling a deep rhythmic rumble inside their homes. “We feel the vibrations over the TV set,” they say. That is the Low Frequency Noise…
Now there is light at the end of the tunnel. Next month, we’ll hear the results of a study commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry of the U.S. power grid, especially with regard to the way it is being destabilized by intermittent renewable energy.
Perry is especially concerned about the way the baseload power provided largely by fossil fuels – and, uncoincidentally, by the coal-producing states that came out for President Trump – has been undermined by the Obama-era drive for renewables…
The best news of all is that the man Perry has appointed to conduct the study totally gets the nature of the problem…
If I were a wind industry trougher, I’d be getting a little worried at this point. Finally the U.S. has an administration prepared to call the green propagandists’ bluff and put an end to this disgraceful scam. Soon some very disgusting people – and seriously: there are few industries more corrupt and repulsive than wind – are going to learn the very expensive lesson that an industry dependent on subsidies does not last long once the subsidies dry up. But the birds and bats and the people of the rural U.S. can start to breathe – and sleep – a little more easily.