Hateful Eight: 8 Solid Reasons Why Subsidised Wind Power is Both Pointless & Harmful to Health & Wealth

If wind power was a horse, its owner would have shot it long ago. Instead, cheered on by ideological zealots and endlessly pumped up with performance enhancing subsidies it continues to lumber on regardless.

Impossibly chaotic in its delivery, it never starts the race on time and continually fails to finish, even when it manages to get out of the stalls.

As STT followers are well aware, this site is dedicated to hammering the wind industry and the baggage train of leeches who seek to profit from it.

In Germany, our doppelgänger is NoTricksZone, which continues to deliver the goods, on the same score. In this piece Pierre Gosselin pulls together a Hateful Eight: 8 very solid reasons to hate wind power, with a passion.

Wind Energy’s 8 Serious Disadvantages: Hurts Everything From Wealth To Health
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
16 July 2017

What follows is a list of reasons compiled by this German site on why wind is a poor source of power.

There are eight disadvantages that cannot be ignored, the site writes. What follows are the eight reasons along with my own descriptions.

1. Unstable, erratic power supply

The wind doesn’t blow constantly, and so the supply is unstable and wildly fluctuating. In many locations the wind may disappear for days or even weeks at a time. Then in periods of high winds the power grid can become overloaded, or the turbines have to be shut down to avert serious mechanical damage. Overall wind turbines in Germany put out only a lousy 18% of their installed rated capacity.

2. Wind turbines are expensive

The ROI for turbines can take many years, and makes sense only in places where the wind blows often, e.g. coastal areas, offshore or hill tops. But that makes the installation far more expensive. Many investors have seen very disappointing results from wind projects. Moreover in Germany, electricity prices have skyrocketed over the past years in large part due to the mandatory feed-in of wind energy.

3. Excess power is extremely difficult to store

So far scientists and engineers are a long way from finding a solution for storing electricity. Batteries are expensive and heavy, and require massively extensive mining operations. Pumped storage techniques are possible only in limited places, and they too are horribly inefficient. Converting wind-generated electricity into a gas such as hydrogen and then back into electricity when wind is calm is expensive and inefficient as well.

4. Destruction of natural habitat

As installing wind turbines in residential areas is problematic, wind parks often are located in rural or natural areas – even in the middle of forests. This entails the industrialization of natural habitats. Plants and wildlife lose their habitats, or are adversely affected. Areas are often deforested to make way for the turbines. Access roads rip through the forests, permanently damaging or even destroying the local biotope. The same is true for offshore turbines. Turbines often pose a hazard to endangered species.

5. Bird kill: death from turbine blades

If industrializing natural landscape were not bad enough, wind turbines are also a real hazard to migrating birds. Each year millions of birds are (unnaturally) killed by wind turbines worldwide. According to Nature, up to 440,000 birds are killed in the USA each year. Conventional power plants on the other hand, do not kill anywhere near as many birds. Wind turbines also kill many bats.

6. Danger from flying ice

In the wintertime, ice is known to form and build up on the blades, only later to dislodge and be thrown as projectiles, posing a danger to people and property located nearby. Already near misses have been recorded.

7. Aesthetics and property values

In early times wind turbines were a fascination. But today they are much larger in size and people have grown tired of their ugliness. In North Germany, for example, it is often difficult to leave your home without having to see one. In Germany there have been literally hundreds of citizens initiatives against the construction of wind parks. People are fed up with the industrial blight in the middle of Nature that wind energy really is.

Ugly wind turbines seriously depress property values.

8. Wind turbines produce noise and infrasound

Wind turbines are not quiet. Moreover they produce infrasound:low  frequency sound below the human threshold of hearing. However, infrasound is sensed by the inner ear as pressure pulses that have been scientifically found to make people ill and even damage their health.
No Tricks Zone

Why stop at a Hateful Eight?…

9. Wind turbines are insanely dangerous

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. Reblogged this on The Law is my Oyster and commented:
    I always prefer to turn the tables and ask people: so tell me what is good about wind turbines? When they present the usual fallacious arguments, you shoot them down in flames (metaphorically speaking).

  2. Reblogged this on Patti Kellar and commented:
    Stop them NOW!

  3. In this essay, the author shows how the “fuel” for wind turbines drops down due to the – meanwhile – so many erected wind generators in Germany.
    It is in german (maybe google translate can help), but the most graphics may be understandable without words.
    https://www.strompreisvergleich24.com/erneuerbare-energien/nachteile-von-windenergie/

    Best regards from Germany
    and thank you, for so many excellent stories about that matter.
    Andy, Eike

  4. 13. Vast amounts of carbon released to create the requisite steel and concrete, then and transport it, to put the ugly ‘carbon-saving’ bird-and-community-and-countryside-and-gov’t-budget destroyers in place.

  5. david mortimer says:

    The above reasons and more are why wind farms finally “evicted” my wife and I not once but twice from our farms.
    We thought that the income from turbines installed on our farm would be a nice superannuation. What gullible fools we were.
    We now have been sensitised to the extent that we must live at least 40km from the nearest turbine….Yes, at least 40km.
    From living “off grid” for the last 12 years to paying the highest electricity costs in South Australia.
    We can’t even stay overnight with similarly wind farm impacted friends.
    Thanks very much Infigen and your mates! And a personal thanks to the promoter who so cunningly sucked us in. Our shame.

  6. Reginaldo says:
  7. If it were a horse
    It would be in the glue factory

  8. 9. Noise standards protect the industry and not the public.
    10. The industry gets priority to be heard and heeded.
    11. Ride roughshod over rural communities
    12. Health Departments ignore the peril.
    … the list is never ending.

    • 14. Abandoned, devaluing, deteriorating, un-livable and un-sellable homes.
      15. Increased rates.
      16. Fire and blade throw risks to neighbours.
      17. Caveats on property or changes to land use zoning
      18. Increase of overhead massive power line, substations and infrastructure and wrongly put in fragile or beautiful areas.
      19. Still rely on backup energy
      20. Still rely on subsidies
      21. Harm farming and tourism businesses.
      22. Pollution

      …The shame is theirs and theirs alone. It is big business psychology to walk over communities, to deceitfully pretend otherwise, to deliberately denigrate anyone who reasonably questions their practices. There is nothing good, clean or green about messed up wind turbines or their supporters.

  9. Terry Conn says:

    10. Destruction of national economy where cheap and reliable electricity cannot be shipped in from neighbours (such as Poland and France) when the wind doesn’t blow.

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