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Britain ‘less windy’ so let’s put up more wind-turbines!

 

No wind makes them useless!

 

 

Here we get the information from an article in the Daily Mail titled “Why Britain has become much less windy over the past 30 years.” If true one has to ask why the big push for more wind power in the UK? A Dr.  Robert Vautard, of the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences in  Gif sur Yvette, France, has made this discovery.

According to an astonishing new study, the weather has got noticeably less windy over the last few decades.

Since the 1970s, the average near surface wind speeds across Europe have dropped by between 10 to 15 per cent.

To meet Europe’s tough climate change targets, up to 10,000 new onshore and offshore turbines are planned over the next eight years.

‘An important question is whether wind power energy production is likely to be affected by wind stilling in the future,’ said Dr Vautard.

Yes, I would say that’s an important question that should be answered before they start spending billions on wind power that may be even less efficient that it already is.

It might be real interesting to see what effect this has had on the weather, too. Perhaps a lot of weather claimed to be the result of global warming is could perhaps be the result of less wind?

Regardless not looking into this further before putting up more wind turbines is CO2 Insanity.

Source: Daily Mail

 

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Wasteful Wind Power

Thanet Wind Farm off the coast of Kent is the largest operational offshore wind farm anywhere in the world Photo: WILL WINTERCROSS

Uh oh! Many have been saying that wind-power is wasteful, it costs too much, has to be subsidized (with your tax dollars – I don’t know who the hell else you think the government steals money from), chops up birds faster than a Slap Chop dices eggs, isn’t reliable (no wind = no power that leads to the need to keep coal and gas power plants running to take the slack up), and they’re fugly.

In spite of all of this, certain governmenttards and greentards evidently still think that wind-power is the way to go and they’re push-push-pushing for it in spite of the aforementioned facts. Seems the mantra is we have to be green regardless how ridiculous and costly an idea is.

Britain has been touting their new off-shore wind turbines as the way to go, gonna save the environment, gonna reduce that nasty old anthropogenic CO2 and save us all from that global warming BBQ waiting for us all in the near future.

Today we have an article in the Telegraph that shows us that wind-power is costing 2 times as much as coal or gas, not to mention that it will have to be subsidized for at least 20 more years. With cost rising, this will probably only get worse. If you look at the life of a wind-turbine it may be to the point that they never will be paid for in full before they need to be replaced, which will be yet another hit in the consumer’s pocketbook.

Britain’s so-called “dash for wind” means that it is now the biggest off shore generator – producing as much as the rest of the world put together.

Just remember that sage quote “bigger isn’t always better.” It’s probably also costing more, too.

But costs of building the farms have doubled due to spiralling prices for steel and the drop in the value of the pound.

The running costs are also increasing.

The report found that costs have risen for all kinds of generation but off shore wind farms remain by far the most expensive – 90 per cent more than fossil fuel generators and 50 per cent more than nuclear.

How bad is it? Well, per the article the company who’s installed them; “Swedish energy giant Vattenfall – which spent £780 million on the array – refuses to say how long it will take for the farm to pay for itself.”

Must be pretty bad if they’re not telling, which in itself could be telling that there’s “trouble in river city.” Want to bet it’s already more than 20 years and growing?

So what do the idiots in charge in the UK plan to do about this? Why build more of them of course! Makes me glad I don’t live in the UK, where the loons obviously rule the roost. Read up on Prince Charles and you’ll get my point.

It seems other counties are figuring out that there’s a problem and cooling to the idea. Per this other article in the Telegraph we see that…..

To green campaigners, it is windfarm heaven, generating a claimed fifth of its power from wind and praised by British ministers as the model to follow. But amid a growing public backlash, Denmark, the world’s most windfarm-intensive country, is turning against the turbines.

This summer, France brought in new restrictions on wind power which will, according to the French wind lobby, jeopardise more than a quarter of the country’s planned windfarm projects.

We also have the mafia getting in on the subsidies and carbon trading going on in Europe that you can read about in “Il Cappo di Tutti Windi.” This also has to be raising the price of electricity as you know very well that the end-users (ratepayers) will be the one’s to ultimately pay for all of this while the wind farms continue to get subsidized and the mafia continue to screw everyone out of every penny they can possibly get.

CO2  Insanity, just doesn’t seem to want to go away. Another day, another scheme, another screwjob.

Source: Telegraph

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The Future of US Energy Policy?

Want a look at what we’ll be facing if Congress and the President try to become USA-Eurotard? Read Christopher Booker’s column in the Telegraph titled “British energy policy is in crisis.”  Here’s  a hint of what’s going to come if people don’t wake up and start telling the greentards to start being more reasonable and quit living in la-la land, making unreasonable demands that result in overpriced, inefficient power.

  • £20,000 heat pumps that are basically worthless for the most part that will cost £13 billion by 2030, far more than they’re worth.
  • Overpriced solar plants that are heavily subsidised putting out about 1/1,000th of what ONE coal plant does.
  • Biomass plants that lose money
  • Overpriced electric cars that don’t go very far, again government subsidized, that will overtax and overtaxed electric grid when they all start getting plugged in.
  • Overpriced, subsidized, inefficient wind turbines that don’t generate enough power and generate no power when there is no wind, thus requiring coal or gas power plants to be online to take up the slack when there’s no wind.

It’s time to get realistic about what we’re doing in the United States because emulating the UK will only put us into bankruptcy faster than we’re already heading for it. We need clean power with a reasonable cost, a return on investment, no need for government subsidy, that is reliable and efficient.

But, every time you want to build  a nuclear power plant you get the greentards protesting, and no one seems enamored with natural gas even though it doesn’t pollute much.

More CO2 Insanity.

Source: The Telegraph

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Wind power = little CO2 reduction

From the Wall Street Journal we get an article titled “Wind Power Won’t Cool Down the Planet” showing us why putting all those bird-killing, fugly wind-turbines up isn’t going to change much.

The wind industry has achieved remarkable growth largely due to the claim that it will provide major reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. There’s just one problem: It’s not true. A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated electricity likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon emissions—or that they’ll be so small as to be almost meaningless.

None of it will lead to major cuts in carbon emissions, for two reasons. First, wind blows only intermittently and variably. Second, wind-generated electricity largely displaces power produced by natural gas-fired generators, rather than that from plants burning more carbon-intensive coal.

To condense the concept, you have to keep the coal plants running because you can’t just shut them off and then re-start them when the wind dies down, they’re not like a light bulb. They burn more fuel and they emit more pollutants.

This final quote is priceless. You can read the whole article here.

Perhaps it comes down to what Kevin Forbes, the director of the Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship at Catholic University, told me: “Wind energy gives people a nice warm fuzzy feeling that we’re taking action on climate change.” Yet when it comes to CO2 emissions, “the reality is that it’s not doing much of anything.”

These wind farms receive billions of dollars in subsidies each year (which comes out of your pocket because your tax dollars are paying for it).Yet another waste of your tax dollars that could be spent on better endeavors, not to mention more CO2 Insanity.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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