Virginia Signs Economic Suicide Note: Democrat Governor Sets ‘Heroic’ Wind Power Target

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Ralph Northam: introduces economic euthanasia in Virginia.

There is no surer way of wrecking an economy than cranking up energy costs. And there is no surer way of doing that, than by attempting to run on subsidised wind and solar power. Just ask a South Australian, a German or a Dane (who pay the highest power prices in the world, all for the glory of running on sunshine and/or breezes).

Now, the great State of Virginia is determined to do the same. Newly elected Governor, Ralph Northam is not satisfied with imposing voluntary economic ‘euthanasia’. Instead, he’s determined to commit economic suicide, where the unwitting victims will be anything but willing.

Virginia goes Don Quixote: State will defy Trump, double down on renewables and CO2 reductions – and hurt poor families
Watts Up With That?
Paul Driessen
18 November 2017

Democrat Ralph Northam had barely won the Virginia governor’s race…

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Germany’s ‘Green’ Dream Turns Nightmare: Merkel’s Plans for Wind Powered Future in Tatters

Well, they can’t say they weren’t warned………!

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Dashed hopes and bitter disappointment seem all that’s left of Germany’s, hell-for-leather rush to renewables. STT keeps focusing on Germany (and South Australia) for obvious reasons: if you present yourself as a renewable energy ‘superpower’, expect your critics to have a field day when you fail.

In Germany and South Australia their respective renewable energy failures come across like $2 cologne: stinky and impossible to ignore. Here’s another take on the disaster in Germany from the Daily Caller.

Germany’s Green Energy Dream Is In Danger Of Falling Apart
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Michael Bastasch
20 November 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempt to form a new government failed on Monday, marking the first time in decades that majority political parties have been unable to form a governing coalition.

If no coalition forms, Germany may be forced to hold new elections. But one casualty of Germany’s ongoing political crisis could be the country’s…

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Insane Cost of Ontario’s Wind Power Obsession Killing Thousands of Manufacturing Jobs Forever

Yet another reason why those who govern us need to PROVE that forcing the imposition of energy policy involving wind power is not detrimental to our financial, physical and environmental health. It is becoming abundantly clear that governments around the world are not only failing to provide that proof, but are actively complicit in inflicting harm and exhibiting wilful blindness to all negative effects of that policy.

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The principles of economics are not hard, nor are they a mystery.

Jobs require viable businesses, viable businesses require cheap and reliable electricity. Deprive businesses of cheap and reliable power and those businesses will very soon cease to exist.

Those truisms, however, continue to fall on deaf ears in Australia’s so-called ‘wind power capital’, South Australia. Its obsession with wind power has relegated it to the status of not just a national, but to that of an international laughing stock.

The reasons for that have been spelt out on these pages time and time again, such as in this post: South Australia’s Disastrous Wind Power Experiment: Business Crippled as Power Prices Double

No amount of political varnish or PR polish can avoid the conclusion that SA’s skyrocketing power prices and erratic supply are all due to heavily subsidised wind and solar power – which have not only destroyed its once…

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Australian Court Finds Wind Turbine Noise Exposure a ‘Pathway to Disease’: Waubra Foundation Vindicated

All UK and European lawyers please take note.

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In a World first, Australia’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has declared that the “noise annoyance” caused by wind turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound “is a plausible pathway to disease” based on the “established association between noise annoyance and some diseases, including hypertension and cardiovascular disease, possibly mediated in part by disturbed sleep and/or psychological stress/distress.”

The AAT also held that “The dB(A) weighting system is not designed to measure [wind turbine noise], and is not an appropriate way of measuring it.”

The dB(A) weighting system is the basis of every wind turbine noise guideline in operation around the world.

The AAT’s finding means that every one of those noise guidelines is premised on an acoustic nonsense and, therefore, entirely irrelevant.

The decision, which we deal with below, came at a time when Australia’s self-appointed wind turbine noise health ‘expert’, Simon Chapman (a former tobacco advertising guru) was feverishly…

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Wind Farm Refugees: Turbine Noise Forces Highlander to Abandon Home & Sleep in her Car

In the light of this case and so many others, where, officials and members of the Committee responsible, are the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 2016 Noise Guidelines ? This is now seriously overdue and this organisation has received hundreds, possibly thousands of complaints about wind turbines and the suffering they cause, from all around the World. Plus peer reviewed reports and an Open Letter signed by many health and engineering professionals. These guidelines are supposed to be addressing wind power issues for the first time. Now that evidence of adverse impacts is irrefutable, and despite intense lobbying from vested interests and the wind industry, time for a truthful documenting of the facts to be produced within the new Guidelines.

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What wind farm neighbours have to tolerate is nothing short of criminal: incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound drives neighbours nuts and, where they have the option, out of their homes altogether. The most common adverse health effect caused by wind turbine noise emissions is sleep deprivation, which brings with it a grab bag of other even more serious health effects.

One of the wind industry’s hackneyed myth is that these well-known adverse health effects are all a figment of the countless victims’ febrile and readily suggestible imaginations.

The so-called ‘nocebo’ theory – cooked up by a former tobacco advertising guru – also has it that it is only those people who are not being paid who complain of ill effects from turbine noise and vibration; their runaway ‘jealousy’ being the cause.

However, that theory doesn’t seem to sit all that well with people like Clive and Trina Gare…

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Scotland’s green watchdog wined and dined by polluters

Rob Edwards | The Ferret

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has been repeatedly wined and dined by the fish farming, whisky and power industries, prompting questions to be raised about its impartiality.

Information released by Sepa reveals that 13 board members and senior officials have been treated to 16 meals over the last two years. Five were paid for by fish farming firms, three by the whisky industry, three by power companies and five by other business groups.

Pollution from caged salmon farms, whisky distilleries and power plants is regulated by Sepa, and has caused multiple problems in the past. The Ferret has reported how Sepa bowed to pressure from the fish farming industry to drop a proposed ban on a toxic pesticide harming wildlife in sea lochs.

Critics have accused Sepa of being “schmoozed” by polluters and are demanding a shake-up. Sepa, however, insists its engagement with companies is “entirely appropriate” and strongly defends its impartiality and independence.

The way Sepa regulates fish farming is undergoing a major review, with deep divisions between industry and environmentalists on the way forward. The industry is planning to double its business from £1.8 billion in 2016 to £3.6 billion by 2030.

In March 2017 Sepa board member, Bill McKelvey, and Sepa’s then head of regulatory services in the north, Anne Anderson, attended an anniversary dinner hosted by the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), which represents fish farmers.

Anderson was also given breakfast by two fish farming companies in June 2017, Marine Harvest and Loch Duart Salmon. Sepa’s chief executive, Terry A’Hearn, was given dinner by SSPO in November 2015 and April 2016.

Seven whisky distilleries were rated as “poor” for pollution by Sepa in 2014, as were four in 2015. In November 2016 and 2017 four senior Sepa officials attended annual dinners of the Malt Distillers Association of Scotland at a hotel in Elgin.

On 9 November 2017 Sepa’s chairman, Bob Downes and a senior Sepa official were the guests of the Scotch Whisky Association for dinner at the Macallan distillery in Aberlour. This followed a two-day visit looking at the industry’s energy generation and conservation schemes.

The coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife was by far the most polluting plant in Scotland before it closed down in March 2016. In May 2016 Sepa’s head of operations in the east of Scotland, Lin Bunten, and another senior Sepa official were the guests of the plant’s operator, Scottish Power, at a Longannet memorial dinner in Stirling Castle.

Bunten was also the guest of Scottish Power Renewables for dinner in June 2016 and of the industry group, Scottish Renewables, at an awards dinner in May 2017. Other Sepa officials declared dinners from the waste company Viridor, the pro-business Scottish Council Development and Industry, and others (see table below).

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The Good Energy Con

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

Good Energy are one of those annoying, virtue signalling companies that think they have a mission to transform our lives.

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https://www.goodenergy.co.uk/our-energy/our-fuel-mix/

According to their website:

All of the electricity Good Energy provides comes from over 1,000 different locations across the UK, harnessing local, natural sources like sunshine, wind, rain and biofuels.

In fact this is not true, as their own website later explains:

When you switch to us, we match all the electricity you use over a year with electricity sourced purely from renewables.

In other words, when the sun does not shine and the wind does not blow, they have to resort to other sources to supply their customers, who I think we can reliably assume do not switch off all of their electrical appliances instead.

The only thing that Good Energy do is to balance their sourcing of renewable energy over the year as…

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