Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for October 31, 2010

Items of interest:

1-And the US is building windmills!  “Under the deal, Russia will initially build two power units in Vietnam with a capacity of 1.2 GW each. Overall, Vietnam plans to build eight nuclear power plants in five provinces by 2030

Russia’s Medvedev signs nuclear power deal with Vietnam – Ria Novosti

2Michigan to build new clunkers!  And it takes taxpayer cash to be competitive?  Here we go again! “Granholm said the tax incentives means Michigan can, “lead the nation in producing competitive, beating the China-price wind turbine.

Granholm hails first Michigan-built wind turbine – Connect Mid Michigan

3-Remember our little post from a few days ago? – All else being equal, vote for the skeptic of industrial wind. Seems other folks are concerned, as well:

Aubertine has a contract with a wind developer and has been receiving money from them. He sits on the Senate Energy Committee.

Ritchie isn’t beholden to the wind companies – Watertown Daily Times

and:

Or, of course, we could vote for the other candidate. He is more open to considering the harmful health effects of industries.

Don’t Let Us Get Sick, Oregon, and the Election of 2010 – Kansas Free Press

4:More industrial wind cart before horse logic:  “One thing appears certain: If plans don’t gel relatively soon on ways to move wind energy across state lines, the slowdown in building wind farms in Iowa will turn into a complete halt.”

Wind energy producers face wall in moving power east – Des Moines Register

5-Now here’s a 180 move that deserves a 10 – “Environmentalists did harm by being ignorant and ideological and unwilling to change their mind based on actual evidence. As a result we have done harm and I regret it.”

Leading environmental campaigners support nuclear and GM – Telegraph

6-Missing the obvious solution, which is not to install the high cost low production contraptions in the first place, over at the North American bat convention, “biologists seek ways to reduce bat deaths at wind farms.

Increasing Wind Turbine Turn-On Speeds Could Help Reduce Bat Deaths, New Study Says – POPSCI

7-“Trick or Treat”

 

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