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Prince Phillip on Wind Turbines: “Disgrace” “Fairy Tale”

It appears there’s at least one person in the Royal family with some common sense. Prince Phillip lets it fly and tells us what he really thinks!

In comments that put him sharply at odds with the Government, the Prince reportedly said the farms were a ‘disgrace’ and they would never work. He also described people who backed them as believing in a ‘fairy tale’.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne last month denounced opponents of the plans as ‘curmudgeons and fault-finders’ and praised the turbines as ‘elegant and beautiful’.

Chris Huhne. who’s obviously dumb and blind, must also think that Roseanne Barr should be parading around in a bikini at the next Miss America contest.

Now if he’d only grab his son, Prince Charles, by his Dumbo-sized ears and rattle some sense into his head we might have something.

Source: The Daily Mail

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Windpowergate – Massive Pollution Making Wind Turbines

From the Daily Mail we get an item that shows that in addition to being bird-choppers, eyesores, needing subsidization, being immensely inefficient (no wind no power) and creating noise that can drive local residents to abandon their houses, they also create a lot of pollution during the manufacturing process.

On the outskirts of one of China’s most polluted cities, an old farmer stares despairingly out across an immense lake of bubbling toxic waste covered in black dust. He remembers it as fields of wheat and corn.

Yes all you greentards, this is an environmental disaster that is being created to make investors rich and greentards all touchy-feely-feel-goody.

Live has uncovered the distinctly dirty truth about the process used to extract neodymium: it has an appalling environmental impact that raises serious questions over the credibility of so-called green technology.

The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials (and creates big eyesores – editor) by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.

Hidden out of sight behind smoke-shrouded factory complexes in the city of Baotou, and patrolled by platoons of security guards, lies a five-mile wide ‘tailing’ lake. It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China’s key waterways in jeopardy.

This vast, hissing cauldron of chemicals is the dumping ground for seven million tons a year of mined rare earth after it has been doused in acid and chemicals and processed through red-hot furnaces to extract its components.

You can read all about how being green is turning the water green (and other assorted colors) at the source below. This is an abomination and certainly one of the biggest cases of CO2 Insanity I have seen. The article goes into great detail about what is going on in China and I’d urge you to read the whole thing regardless what side of the global warming debate you are on.

Source: The Daily Mail

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UK Screws Students to Fund Windmills in Africa

This is probably the only type of wind turbines Africa will see once that money ends up in those Swiss bank accounts

You read it right. This is the problem with greentardism, it creates morbidly stupid people who create morbidly stupid ideas and cause morbidly stupid problems. If the greentards could create energy as easily as they create stupidity, we’d have something.

From the Christopher Booker at the Telegraph we get the reason behind the student riots in the UK last week. You remember, the one where they attacked Prince Charles and Camilla while sauntering around playing greentards in their ‘fuel efficient’ Rolls Royce.

The cause of the major political story of last week – the row over tuition fees, students rioting and all – was, as we all know, “public spending cuts”.

Ahh yes, we have to save that public money don’t we? So, how much will they be saving by breaking the backs of college students?

In the short-term, the Government’s own projection as to how much it will save is that the funding of university tuition will be cut by £2.9 billion by 2014.

OK, so they save £2.9 billion. Will they use it to pay down the national debt? No. Will they use it to buy some more heating oil for everyone in the UK who’s freezing their chichi’s off because there’s not enough to go around? Ummmm….no again. How about a fleet of new Rolls Royce’s for the Queen and the Princes? Nope again. So what will they use it for pray-tell?

As it happens, £2.9 billion is the sum ring-fenced, by the same public spending review, to be given to developing countries to help them fight global warming with windmills and solar panels.

Ahh yes we have to fight that non-existent anthropogenic global warming you know. Now I have to speculate on how much of the £2.9 billion that goes to Africa will actually be spent on windmills and solar panels vs. how much of it will end up enriching the continent’s numerous dictators Swiss bank accounts?

More CO2 Insanity from the British government who must love bending over the sofa to take it up the ass for global warming.

Source: The Telegraph

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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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Dead birds: oil bad, wind good?

During my Sunday morning internet review to see what’s happening I was prompted by my reading to ask myself why does the general public get very over-excited about dying birds slathered in oil but for the most part (other than some groups who are aware of it) why do we not have similar mass excitement about the massive amount of our feathered friends who are killed by wind turbines?

According to this article from Time Magazine published on July 29, 2010, the official tally of dead birds from the Gulf oil spill is about 3,000.

So far, the teams have collected nearly 3,000 dead birds, but fewer than half of them were visibly oiled; some may have died from eating oil-contaminated food, but others may have simply died naturally at a time when the Gulf happened to be crawling with carcass seekers.

Yes, 3,000 is about it, more wouldn’t surprise me, but I doubt we’re talking 100’s of thousands. Is this a  significant number? Yes. But what about the big man-made cause of bird deaths, wind turbines?

Obviously, I’m not the only one raising this question. According to a Politifact article found here, even the low-end counts are significantly higher. Here’s their math.

“With the increased capacity over the last seven years, we now estimate that 100,000 – 300,000 birds are killed by wind turbines each year,” said Conservancy spokesman Robert Johns.

By our math, that comes to 274 to 822 birds a day killed by wind farms across the country.

Per their math the best case is that it will only take about 11 days to equal the amount of birds killed in the Gulf oil spill to a worst case of 3.64 days. To put it another way, annually, that is about 33 times the amount of birds killed on the low-end, to about 100 times more on the high-end.

Yet, I see little to no excitement about the astounding number of birds killed by wind turbines each year. But there’s a whole lot of hollering, yelling, bitching and moaning about the significantly smaller amount of  birds killed by the Gulf oil spill.

It’s an amazing premise, but one that seems to hold true. People just don’t get all worked up about birds killed by wind farms, or at least most don’t. You certainly do not hear the outcry that’s been heard about the birds in the Gulf spill.

This gets me wondering about the reason we don’t seem to care.  Is it because we love the “green” wind farms so much that we’re willing to accept the bird kill for them, but we hate oil so much that we’re going to make a mountain out of a molehill when we get a large oil spill? Does common sense not prevail anymore? Is it that rare a commodity in today’s society?

Or, is it because the mainstream news media hasn’t flogged this issue to death and it’s the old out of sight out of mind thing? We’ve had a little over 100 days of CNN, MSNBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC and all the thousands of local TV and radio stations with their own news broadcasts flogging this spill like the proverbial dead horse. Day after day and hour after hour we’ve been bombarded with news about this spill.  We’ve been bombarded over and over with video of birds covered in oil that were dying or dead. It’s like the 24 x 7 news media equivalent of carpet bombing

Seeing the dying birds is no doubt an ugly sight. I hate looking at it, and regardless the number of dead birds, it doesn’t change my mind that it’s something we need to try to prevent from happening again. I’m certain millions of people will agree with that. But, why does no one seem to give a “hoot” about the wind farms except a few organizations and the birds themselves? Is this accepted “collateral damage?”

My personal take on this that it’s apathy and selfishness.  In general people don’t get worked up about what they can’t see and/or about things if it doesn’t affect them personally. It’s like people are saying, “Dead birds? Not my problem because as long as I get my ‘green’ power I’m all for it.” Or, “dead birds? Who cares? I only worry about myself, screw everybody and everything else.”

It’s like no news media ballyhooed about this, so no one will get worked up about it. Does the general public need cheerleaders in the form of the 24 x 7 mainstream news media to get worked up about something? Seems the mantra is something like “if it’s not on CNN I’m clueless.”

Or, is it propaganda? It seems that generally, when I hear anything about wind farms it’s a news item about how “green” it is and how it’s going save us from Al Gore’s profitable version of hell known as global warming. Are millions of Americans being led down the primrose path while forgetting there’s a collateral cost to wind power?

Want more examples of the silliness? Below are links to articles in British news and other sites that are moaning and groaning about bird deaths from last winter’s non-global warming caused cold, and links to other articles about how they want to increase wind power in the UK. Very oxymoron like.

Those are the same “green” people who love that good old “green” wind power that may be around for decades, killing birds. Yet, they will rail about a 100 day or so oil spill that by comparison, kills very few birds and is basically about over and won’t be killing more birds for long.

This is proof that, for whatever the reason or reasons, people are clueless and they obviously don’t live in reality. They’ll go out of their way to save birds covered in oil, freezing birds and starving birds, yet they could care less about the massive amount of wind turbine kills we currently have and will increase as more wind farms are added.

Amazing evidence that there is indeed  CO2 Insanity. Have a desire for more information?

At the bottom of my post is a video produced by KQED about the bird kills at the wind farm at Altamont Pass, California. As you can see they seem to be having a problem reconciling their “green” need to protect birds with their “green” desire for wind power. Another “Catch 22.”

While there are partial solutions like eliminating certain turbines, changing the type and height, shutting down 50% of the turbines during the winter when there are more birds and even a proposed total shutdown during the winter , the bottom line is it’s still going to kill a lot of birds.

The other bottom line is that if they shut the whole thing down during the winter, then where’s the power going to come from? Coal? Nuclear? Solar? Natural gas? Something is either going to have to take the slack up or we’re going to suffer power shortages, which is conveniently ignored in the video.

The other problem is costs.  There’s no mention of what all this mitigation for birds is costing the taxpayers or the people purchasing electricity for homes, businesses and the new wave of plug-in electric vehicles.

Wind power is also heavily subsidized (aka: your tax dollars are paying for it). Think not? Here is an article about how Los Angeles is rasing their rates to subsidize wind and solar power generation.

Want to know how much it really costs? From here we get the following.

Renewable energy apologists often assert that renewable energy subsidies are necessary to “level the playing field” regarding subsidies given to coal. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, however, solar power already receives more than $24 in subsidies per megawatt hour of electricity produced. Wind power receives more than $23 dollars per megawatt hour. Coal power, by comparison, receives less than 50 cents per megawatt hour.

Note that it doesn’t matter where the money comes from. regardless if it is subsidized by state or federal government, or via a rate hike  it’s ultimately your money coming out of your wallet.

So, next time you fire up that electric car, watch TV, turn on the lights, cook dinner or whatever you do that uses electricity think about all the 100’s of thousands of birds that are dying if you get any of your electricity from wind turbines.

Funny we here a constant din about “evil” big oil, but nada about this. No common sense there, financially or otherwise.

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