We thank Mr. John Terry for allowing us to post his most recent video. When asked to introduce “A Cluttered Sky,” Mr. Terry provided the following comments:
“There are a lot of assumptions regarding wind energy. Some of these are based on the public relations efforts of wind developers and other parties with a financial stake in the in the success of this industry.”
“As with most things in life, there are benefits and risks. We need the Sun to make vitamin D yet too much sun can give us cancer. So is the Sun good for us or bad?”
“Wind energy in the form of utility scale wind farms might be a good answer for places with dependable winds, no human or wildlife population and no better or more efficient way to generate electricity. But that place is most certainly not the Allegheny Highlands of the Eastern United States.”
“As the film says, ‘If all you know about wind energy is what you’ve seen on TV…’ you might want to see what we have to say.”
NOTES: All the footage (after the intro) was filmed from the air and we hope makes three points.
First is that the construction of turbines in this region requires the destruction of the state’s highest ridges.
Second, the onshore wind resources in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia are poor with the best locations barely reaching a level that could be called mediocre.
Third, there is little rational justification for building expensive wind energy facilities in places where turbines will turn slowly (if at all) the majority of the time as documented in this film.