Professor Ian Plimer Slams the Great Wind Power Fraud

Vestas turbine on fire

Up in smoke: just like the massive subsidies
filched from power consumers & taxpayers.


Greens’ silence on folly of wind and solar power
News Weekly
Ian Plimer
25 October 2014

A simple evaluation of ideological electricity shows that it is unsustainable. The answer is certainly not blowing in the wind.

The amount of energy embedded in steel pylons, concrete footings, blades, wiring, magnets, land clearing and roads is more than a wind pylon would ever generate in its working life. Wind farms cannot generate electricity in a gentle zephyr or a gale, cannot operate continuously and optimistically operate at 20 per cent of nameplate capacity.

Wind farms have the life of a parasite because they freeload themselves onto existing grids paid by conventional efficient energy, need subsidies and drain electricity from the grid when it is too cold. Wind turbines don’t run on wind; they run on subsidies.

A single 1,000-megawatt wind farm produces at least 7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in component construction and concrete. Almost 100,000 truckloads of concrete are required just for the footings. Maintenance by diesel-powered vehicles only adds to emissions. Wind farms need 24/7 back-up from carbon dioxide emitting coal-fired power stations.

Wind farms do not reduce human emissions of carbon dioxide; they increase emissions

A wind farm using 660-kilowatt generators requires 7,600 generators at 20 per cent efficiency to produce 1,000 megawatts. At $2,000 per kilowatt installation, this would cost $10 billion. This is more than twice the cost of a reliable, clean, coal-fired 1,000-megawatt generator.

The environmental effects of wind farms are devastating. Construction of wind farms in rural areas results in a decline in residents’ mental and physical health, decreased property values and community disharmony. A recent study showed hearing loss for people experiencing low frequency noise.

In the United Kingdom, renewable energy costs, principally from wind, create fuel poverty for 2.4 million folk. In the 2012-2013 UK winter, there were an additional 35,000 deaths. This translates as six sick, elderly or vulnerable people killed every year for each installed wind turbine.

Heat or Eat?

Heat or Eat?


At 20 per cent efficiency, 1,000 megawatts of delivered electricity requires about 800 square kilometres of cleared land. A nuclear or coal-fired power station requires up to 60 hectares of cleared land.

Habitats are destroyed by land-clearing to reduce turbulence. Generator fires are common, and the resultant grass and bushfires cannot be water-bombed from the air as wind pylons are a flight hazard. Is this the modern face of environmentalism?


Turbine: 1; Plane & 4 On Board: 0


In Spain, at least 18 million birds are slaughtered annually by wind-turbine blades. Bird deaths in Germany are more than 300 per turbine, and in Sweden almost 900 per turbine. German turbines kill more than 200,000 bats per year, and in the U.S. turbines kill some 2.8 million bats.

eagle at waterloo

Turbine “interaction” ends badly for wedge-tailed eagle.


Not to worry. Greens feel morally superior because they think that wind farms emit less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence are saving the planet. We are certainly saving the planet from birds and bats. If a nuclear or coal-fired electricity generator damaged the environment as much as wind farms, there would be an outcry.

Wind farms are meant to be a contribution to prevent global warming. However, patient people have been waiting for three decades for the evidence showing human emissions of carbon dioxide drive climate change. The evidence is missing in action.

The same calculations can be made for solar power. The amount of embedded energy in the metal, concrete, glass and roads is far greater than can ever be produced in a solar farm’s life. Construction of solar panels leaves toxic chemicals in someone else’s back yard. The amount of carbon dioxide released in manufacture and maintenance is greater than the saving, and coal-fired generators need to be on standby all the time because solar power is not continuous. Solar power has an efficiency of about 10 per cent and, until the laws of physics are changed, this cannot be improved.

Greens must be very pleased that the 4,000-megawatt Drax power station in Yorkshire is changing from coal to wood-burning. Some 70,000 tonnes of wood will be burned each day. Clear felling of forests in North Carolina, rail transport, pelletising, ship loading, 5,000 km of ship transport, unloading and train transport do not sound very environmentally friendly and result in huge carbon dioxide emissions from diesel and bunker fuels.

The EU has deemed that carbon dioxide emitted from wood burning is recycled by plants yet carbon dioxide emitted from fossil fuel burning is dangerous. Go figure!

Why are the Greens silent about the environmental damage of wind and solar electricity generation?

Wind power is unreliable, uneconomic and environmentally damaging. No wind farm could provide mains power without generous subsidies, increased electricity charges and horrendous damage to the environment.

Few jurisdictions have plans for disassembling a wind farm after its useful life. Defunct wind farms should remain on the skyline as a reminder to future generations of our environmental ecocide and a memorial to our stupidity resulting from caving in to green pressure.

Hawaii rusting turbines

Monuments to stupidity.


Fund managers have invested in wind energy to make money, not to save the environment. Their due diligence would have shown that wind farms are a costly, subsidised, high-risk method of ruining the environment and that a Renewable Energy Target was unsustainable ideology.

Rather than plead to the government for even more money, fund managers should be sacked. It is not the role of government to bail out high-risk investors who follow fads and spend more money on advertisements in The Australian than on due diligence.
News Weekly

Ian Plimer is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies. He has published many scientific papers, six books and is one of the co-editors of Encyclopedia of Geology. His most recent book, Not For Greens, is available from News Weekly Books.

Ian Plimer

Ian Plimer: nothing can justify the great wind power fraud.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. It is getting to the point where decent citizens will have to start taking the law into their own hands.

    In Ontario for example a group of decent law abiding Canadians have just lost a court case to prevent these whirring monsters being planted in their community.

    It is as if in matters green all concern for individual rights, children or communities are sacrificed on the alter of Green.

  2. Reblogged this on vuurklip and commented:
    We will continue to build wind and solar farms until we learn the hard way. By then the public will have made some select few a lot of money.

  3. The idea that the CO2 from burning wood at the Drax power station is re-absorbed to grow more trees is ludicrous. If you consider the wood from just one tree, it will burn up in a few seconds, yet that tree took at least 20 years to grow. Something you did not mention, besides only producing less than 80% of the energy from coal, thus drastically reducing the capacity of the power plant, wood is far more expensive so has to be subsidised, otherwise the plant would go bust. In fact the owners of Drax refused to change to wood without a generous subsidy on their terms. No doubt this subsidy will not come from the government, but will be added to our power bills.

  4. “The amount of energy embedded in steel pylons, concrete footings, blades, wiring, magnets, land clearing and roads is more than a wind pylon would ever generate in its working life. ”

    I’ve always suspected that the economics of a device reflect the energy content. The poor economics of wind turbines suggest that more energy goes into making them than they give out.

    Is there any evidence to support this?

  5. What a letter from the heart that Martin Hayles has written. How typical it is that where turbines are planned Community dysfunction thrives. Coming from an area where a Wind Farm failed to get up I can say that Community cohesion never returns and old friends never find those strong bonds again.
    I congratulate Martin on his stand and hope for the best result for he and his family in the future.

  6. Can someone tell me what or how you get through to idiots that Wind Farm noise and Industrial noise is the

  7. Thank you, Mr. Plimer. We are at the mercy of corporate controlled governments who are allowing the ‘renewables’ lobby to make policy. Until Legislators are voted OUT for supporting and promoting this industry and others have the moxie to vote based on science, economics and ethics, I fear little will change.

    Please continue to publish the facts. Surely, the truth with reach critical mass before our rural lands are devasted for this fantasty panacea of ‘wind’.

    Karen Bessey Pease
    Lexington Township, Maine USA

  8. Reblogged this on the WeatherAction News Blog and commented:
    Prof Plimer really cuts through the hypocrisy – the greens only support energy when it chops or incinerates birds and doesn’t bloody work

    Not For The Greens – Prof Ian Plimer Part 1:

    Part 2:

  9. Martin Hayles says:

    The questions about why this continues is simple.
    “Show ME the money”

    I speak not for me as I and my family have declined the money.
    I speak of the turbine hosts that surround our farm on Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.
    I speak of the Ceres Project of near 200 x 150 metre turbines.

    I speak of the families that have turned their back on me.
    Families that we have always had cordial relations.
    The same families that if required of me to “drop tools” in an instant and help with a fire or any other emergency, I would not hesitate.

    These families have broken the code of honour, trust and future potential and promise.

    I do not understand why they show such contempt towards me, other than to realise it is all about “show me the money”

    I believe my neighbors, Adam and Noel Polkinghorne, Anthony Litster, John and Karen Pointon, John and Andrew Gordon, Jim Cameron, David Short(son of Des) owe me an apology at least, and financial compensation for the literal hell they have caused me and mine in the last 3 years.

    Although the path these parasites choose to take maybe within the terms of legality, I am quite sure that if turbines do go up, there will be a case by way of common law that will leave them culpable.

    There will be no argument of ignorance as a reason or explanation as to a lack of understanding to the deleterious health effects of industrial wind turbines on persons living in too closer proximity to turbines.
    There is already much peer reviewed and anecdotal evidence for this argument to be dismissed.

    There will be no argument in relation to land values dropping in too close a proximity to turbines.
    This is already known.

    What will be most interesting in the future, and I believe we are just beginning to see with the royal commission into union corruption, just how much the wind industry, in particular, is connected to union superannuation funds such as IMF which majority owns Pacific Hydro, head honcho Gary Weaven, and the federal Labor Party.

    It is sickening to come to the realisation as to why the federal Labor Party is so supportive of Industrial wind.

    It is evident that the whole rort is based upon creating wealth from the taxpayer to create a financial slush fund for the left of politics to attempt buy their way into power and stay there.

    Another irony is that the potential turbine hosts of Ceres are traditionally Liberal/conservative voters and some are paid up members.

    Oh, such delicious irony.
    It shows that all that really matters for these hypocrites is “SHOW ME THE MONEY”

    • karenpease says:

      I’m so sorry you and your family have had to suffer through the divisiveness of ‘community’… Such divisiveness always works in the best interests of the developer, so it behooves us to do everything we can NOT to allow that. I have seen your ‘story’ repeated all over the world..and it is time that we take back control of our homes and our health and that of our environment and stand up to this aggregious plan to carpet our rural lands with unreliable, expensive and harmful turbines.

  10. Terry Conn says:

    Professor Plimer is 100% correct (not that he needs us to tell him that). What to make of the Coalition cabinet giving in to Greg Hunt and keeping the RET??? Even at a ‘real 20% ‘ renewables target! How do we save the NSW southern tablelands now? Apart from the birds, what is to become of the human victims we know so well? Boy, am I looking forward to the fried brains of the ‘nimby’s’ from Gullen Range being displayed in little bottles of formaldehyde — professor Simon Chapman might learn something! Look on the bright side, the demographic of those impacted are basically old washed up citizens who probably need welfare to pay for electricity, better they be in bottles of formaldehyde! We need a leader to lead the revolution, not me, too old and can’t hear very well. What about you Pru? Or you Christina ? Or in the federal arena, you Joe? You can add up can’t you or have you given that job to young Greg (no I don’t mean Combet, he knows how to add up, you know, ‘the more we ‘ret’ off the workers the more we have for ourselves).

  11. Where are the Greens now?
    Why in God’s name is this allowed to continue?
    Governments never cease to amaze me how they accept the Bull sh1t.
    The noise from the monsters is the same as the noise I suffer from Industry.
    In the name of God please stop this from continuing.

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