Raising a raft of unnecessary danger, the wind industry’s body count currently stands at 192. Flying blades, collapsing and/or self-immolating towers account for their fair share of corpses. But those that take to the air, shouldn’t overlook the number of pilots and their passengers who’ve come to grief, thanks to a wind turbine or their associated METMast wind monitoring towers. For a rundown on the wind industry’s pointless death toll refer: Summary of Wind Turbine Accident data to 31 March 2019
Slamming into a 100 m tower or 60 m blade is one thing, but coping with dirty, turbulent air generated by these things, which spans out to the horizon, is another:
The spread of giant industrial wind turbines across the US of A has attracted a range of detractors, not least the US military.
As Mark Mathis details in the video below (transcript follows), America’s Armed Forces have launched an all-out assault on industrial wind power, for more reasons than their flyer’s own safety.
Clear Energy Alliance
11 June 2019
We already know many of the serious problems with industrial wind power. It is expensive, heavily subsidized (a hidden tax), unreliable, causes negative health impacts, kills large birds of prey and bats and can be maddening to people who live nearby.
What you probably don’t know is that wind turbines can compromise military readiness and our national security when they are sited too close to military installations.
It’s getting harder and harder to put a happy face on industrial wind. The downsides just keep stacking up. It’s expensive and heavily subsidized by taxpayers. Wind turbines only generate electricity about a quarter of the time so natural gas is actually the primary power provider. They are a menace to large raptors such as eagles and hawks in addition to other birds, killing hundreds of thousands each year as well as about a million bats. Infrasound and shadow flicker are causing negative health impacts and other miseries to people living in rural communities. And here’s one you probably haven’t heard much about. Giant wind turbines can be a problem for our military.
Wow. Talk about collateral damage. The national security issue has been flying under the radar so to speak for many years now. You see, if the turbines are too close to military bases, they create all sorts of problems. There are dangers for jet fighter training, health impacts to military personnel from infrasound and they interfere with critically important weather and radar systems. They can even negatively impact drone operations.
In May of 2019, two industrial wind sites in Oklahoma were scrapped because the wind developer understood it would almost certainly be sued by state military and aeronautics commissions as well as the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Defense Department. Both projects presented a danger to low altitude fighter jet training.
Texas has more industrial wind sites than any other state by far. It also has a law that no wind turbines sited closer than 30 miles from a military base are eligible for tax incentives. Cutting out those incentives was a clever way to eliminate the wind turbine threat by making industrial wind unprofitable near the bases.
Some of the biggest battles between the military and industrial wind are in North Carolina. Legislators there are attempting to pass the Military Base Protection Act which would prohibit wind turbines near certain military installations.
In addition to creating a danger for jet fighter training, wind turbines in northeastern North Carolina could interfere with the Relocatable Over The Horizon Radar system or “ROTHR”. There are only two such radar systems in the nation. In Congressional Testimony, General John Kelly said such a “wind farm could and likely will adversely impact our ROTHR system, the only persistent wide-area surveillance radars capable of tracking illicit aircraft in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
In a letter to then-Governor Beverly Perdue, Colonel Jeannie Leavitt warned that proposed wind projects “…will adversely affect [the] Seymour Johnson [Air Force Base’s] most frequently used low-level training routes, [and] the primary bomb range.” Colonel Leavitt also cautioned that the “windmill structures and rotating blades have a demonstrable negative effect on the F-15E’s main radar and its terrain-following radar system.”
Of course, the industrial wind lobby is attempting to claim their turbines don’t present a problem. But if that was the case, states such as Texas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina would not be passing or attempting to pass laws to protect military operations and readiness.
In the years ahead we’ll all be deciding just how much collateral damage we’re willing to accept for unreliable electricity generation. Degrading our military’s ability to protect America is one line that should not be crossed.
For the Clear Energy Alliance, I’m Mark Mathis. Power On.
Clear Energy Alliance
6 thoughts on “Turbine Trouble: US Military Declares War on Wind Power”
Reblogged this on ECO-ENERGY DATABASE.
See above article and comments.
Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.
The problem with these wind turbines and radar is the effect on Doppler radar processing. Doppler Radar uses the Frequency shift of the radar signal that occurs when striking a moving object. That shift s detected in the radar return signal processing. Doppler radars are used by the military and to detect incoming threats. Doppler radars are also used by the national weather service to detect major weather events. When you watch your local weather reports they are showing you a Doppler radar map. Spinning blades will also caused Doppler shifts in the radar signals which will either show up as false targets or degrade the radars performance over a large area. Someone smarter than me should look into this.
Sent from my iPad, Hank
yeah, who would expected that these monsters were piles of junk and would break easily. governments were so eager to spend money on this crap they did not even investigate possible issues and complications. anyway , wth is everyone talking , there is no carbon in the atmosphere. never has been. fakenews climate science.
Reblogged this on Climate- Science.