Further scary thoughts on the cumulative impact of industrial wind from George Will: “The amount of electricity that would be produced by wind turbines extending the entire 2,178 miles of the Appalachian Trail can be produced by four reactors occupying four square miles of land.”
You heard it right! “To produce 20 percent of America’s power by wind, which the Obama administration dreamily proposes, would require 186,000 tall turbines—40 stories tall, their flashing lights can be seen for 20 miles—covering an area the size of West Virginia.”
And if that doesn’t short your circuit, maybe this will … “Meanwhile, America, which pioneered nuclear power, is squandering money on wind power, which provides 1.3 percent of the nation’s electricity: it is slurping up $30 billion of tax breaks and other subsidies amounting to $18.82 per megawatt-hour, 25 times as much per megawatt-hour as the combined subsidies for all other forms of electricity production.”
It’s all in Mr. Will’s latest Newsweek article, This Nuclear Option Is Nuclear – The costs of fads and superstition.
Of course, once you consider that the actual output of these silly contraptions is 30% or less of the rated nameplate capacity, you’ll figure out that the number of turbines and the land and air consumed will increase dramatically. Check out this earlier piece from Robert Bryce.
High cost and low service – now that’s the ticket!
This is a pretty good link to find the contact information for your state and local representatives.
Heck! Might as well send one off to President Obama using this user friendly form. I understand he’s working on an energy plan right now, so I know he’d love to hear from you.
Or, you can just sit back and watch the environment, as you know it, disappear along with your tax dollars. All for the sake of meeting some half-baked politically established renewable energy goal which requires use of the under-performing and heavily subsidized antique of energy known as industrial wind.
Oh, and about the emission reductions and the jobs, jobs and more jobs the wind folks keep promising? Well, they’re not coming. Don’t believe me? Ask the wind folks to produce concrete statistics, not their model calculations based on their own input. You know they have the numbers, don’t you?
While you’re at it … ask for real time performance reports for the thousands of installed turbines. They should be happy to brag about actual performance, don’t you think?
Want to have some real fun? Ask your politician about actual performance, jobs and emission reductions.
Ask your Federal, State or Local politician about the cumulative impact of industrial wind required to meet the goals they established and watch closely for the “deer in the headlights” gaze that immediately follows your question.
Ask them how much electricity it takes to run a wind plant. That should be worth a chuckle.
The list of questions your political representatives cannot answer, or will answer incorrectly using the wind industry’s boilerplate hype will probably stagger you.
The reality is, to have a real impact on the nonsense that is industrial wind you must assess your representative’s stewardship of your money and resources and act on it the next time you go to the voting booth.
Use the many links provided here at Allegheny Treasures to inform yourself. You might be surprised by what you’re not being told.