Believe in Unicorns & Pixies? Why Not Believe in the Fantasy of Wind Power, Too?

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The wind-cultist is a special breed: long on starry-eyed belief; short on our good friends ‘logic’ and ‘reason’ – occupying a fact-and-consequence-free netherworld, in which their favoured form of power generation arrives as a result of meteorological serendipity and, when it doesn’t, the power still appears, as if by magic.

Except that the ‘magic’ was always off camera, reliably chugging along, as it has done for nearly a century.

Among the moonbeam and pixie dust crowd is New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, who’s been huffing and puffing about wind powering his state. Here’s a neat little package of facts to the contrary, put together by STT Champion, Mary Kay Barton

America Blighted by Industrial Wind
Canada Free Press
Mary Kay Barton
29 July 2016

“America is being auctioned off to the highest bidder.” Donald J. Trump

A recent Joe Mahoney article, NY looks to the wind to replace its fossil fuel diet, was full of half-truths and misinformation.

There is nothing “free,” “clean” or “green” about industrial wind.

Quite the contrary: the true costs of industrial wind development are astronomical.

Yet, the wishful thinking of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, “green” ideologues, and “renewable” energy hustlers and subsidy seekers who benefit from this massive taxpayer and ratepayer rip-off has been repeated by countless “journalists” without question for years now.

Mahoney’s article highlighted Cuomo’s approval of the proposed wind factory off Montauk, NY. It claimed: “The offshore ‘wind farm’ could be a symbol of how the state can meet Cuomo’s ambitious goal of getting half of New York’s energy from carbon-free sources by 2030. Now those sources represent about 23 percent of the state’s energy draw.”

The statement is grossly misleading and inaccurate.

New York State’s emissions-free hydro power (including what it imports from Canada) already supplies approximately 23% of New York State electricity generation all by itself. New York State’s emissions-free nuclear power supplies approximately another 30% of the state’s electricity generation. “Other Renewables” (wind, solar, biofuels, geothermal) now provide a measly 3% (US Energy Information Administration or EIA).

Clearly, current hydro and nuclear power supplies in New York State alone already exceed Cuomo’s emissions-free target of 50 percent. But for some reason emissions-free nuclear is not counted toward NY’s “emissions-free” goal.

Most infuriating for New York State taxpayers and ratepayers is the fact that New York State was already getting approximately 50% of its electricity from emissions-free sources (19% from hydro + 29% from nuclear + 1% from “Other Renewables”) way back in 2000—before Governor Cuomo & Co. began throwing billions of taxpayer and ratepayer dollars into the wind, plastering rural NY with these bird-slaughtering lemons, as reported by MasterResource.org.

Scientific proof MIA

As our government officials continue to throw billions of dollars into the wind, the key question that needs to be asked by everyone is this:

Where is the Scientific PROOF that wind energy is a net societal benefit?

The answer is that there is no such scientific proof. Zero. Zip. Nada. None.

However, there is much proof that development of sprawling, unreliable, subsidized, mandated industrial wind factories has been vastly detrimental across the nation and the world. So much so that President Obama and his Fish & Wildlife Service had to approve 30-Year EAGLE-KILL permits specifically to accommodate the bird-slaughtering wind industry—letting it off scot free for butchering our wildlife.

Governor Cuomo’s pie-in-the-sky ‘green’ energy policy is bereft of any realistic assessment of the expensive lessons already learned in Europe and elsewhere as a result of pushing these ‘renewable’ energy policies.

Results include, but are not limited to: “skyrocketing” electricity rates, industries fleeing, 2—4 jobs lost for every ‘green’ job created, destroyed habitats and countryside, birds and bats slaughtered, lost property values, health issues, utter civil discord among people forced to live with these behemoths, and increasing numbers of people being thrust into ‘energy poverty.’

All this as a result of the same ‘green’ mess that Governor Cuomo, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party continue to push.

While they demonize fossil fuel use and promise to rid us of this vital energy, the truth is that the availability of reliable, affordable power thanks to fossil fuels is directly correlated with greatly improved health and longevity here in the USA, as Alex Epstein explains in his book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.
Canada Free Press

Facts

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. Mike Williams says:

    I just figured out the motivation for the pro-wind residences who wont be leasing their land…it is a “community owned” farm owned by 150 of the residences in the area…probably every pro-wind residence I saw.

  2. Mike Williams says:

    I was recently cycling Northwest of Ithica NY and saw firsthand the trouble these cause in a community. There is a proposed industrial wind farm, Black Oak, that will add a measly 7 turbines to NY’s fleet. Unlike other NY wind farms, I have ridden by, the hilltops where they will be sited are quite close to the road and thus close to residences. Needless to say there are competing interests which you can spot by looking at the signs on their property.

    The pro-wind people have been provided theirs by the farm operator, they are pretty clearly the owner of the land or they are adjacent to the land (and getting a max payoff). There were some down in the valley in the town of Enfield so I am thinking the turbines will be far enough away and they will benefit from the tax revenues.

    The anti-wind people are by my eyeball estimate represent >90% of the properties, they handcraft their signs and have specific complaints (the small offsets were #1), and they are close enough that these turbines are going to be a part of their lives.

    In Cuomo’s NY, we know who will win 😦

  3. Very well said.
    South Australians and Victorians will need all the fairies and pixie dust they can get to keep the lights on after the imminent closure of (half of) Hazelwood.
    No wonder the Victorian based ‘Best Minister in the World,’ Greg Hunt has started blaming the (economic-development-motivated) state governments for setting ridiculous and reckless renewable energy targets that will, ultimately, help the fed gov meet the insane RET target
    that he set and he’s so proud of.
    What a farce.
    #Olympian fail.

  4. Son of a Goat says:

    Spare a thought for us in SA or Southern Athens as we locals now like to call ourselves. Tomorrow our hapless energy minister Tom Koutsantonis fronts up at the COAG meeting with other state energy ministers and those involved in the production and distribution of Australia’s power network.
    SA is now a basket case a victim of a thoughtless rush into wind energy. The price of power is the topic of conversation throughout the state. The very real consequences of high power costs are now beginning to manifest in every business. The local pub will put up the price of beer, local industries aren’t willing to expand or will otherwise move interstate.
    Our energy minister, as has become the norm will cry “poor” and will argue for greater state interconnection as well as the need for lower gas prices.
    The wind industry will push for the term of the RET to be pushed further out to enable more wind projects to be financed.
    Whatever comes out of tomorrows meeting the end result is that power consumers will have to pay more.
    Australia was once the lucky country but the current thinking of “she will be right mate” will cost us as a country dearly.
    Australians thought they might just waltz into the Olympics and win gold medals one after the other. We soon get to realise the world will go past us in the blink of an eye.

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