Wind Power Threatens US Grid: Trump to Unwind Suicidal Renewables Policies

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America is in the process of unwinding an economic suicide pact drawn up by Barack Obama, which wedded the Land of the Free to sunshine and breezes, at the expense of reliable and affordable power.

Rick Perry Says Obama Policies ‘Threatened The Reliability’ Of The Electric Grid
Daily Caller
Michael Bastasch
27 June 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to make the U.S. electrical grid great again starts with rolling back the Obama administration’s “politically-driven policies” that forced coal and nuclear power plants to retire in recent years.

“These politically-driven policies, driven primarily by a hostility to coal, threatened the reliability and the stability of the greatest electrical grid in the world,” Perry said at an Energy Department conference in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning.

“It’s not reasonable to rely exclusively on fossil fuels,” he said. “It’s not feasible to rely exclusively on renewables.”

Perry’s remarks came as his agency is…

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Clueless: Australia’s Renewable Energy Disaster Deepens as Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg Fudges & Fumbles

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So, like, my RET only adds $3bn a year to Australian
power bills and they still go up, huh? I just don’t get it?

On the battlefield for Australia’s wealth and future economic prosperity, the forces have been divided between those pushing for the retention of the suicidal renewable energy policies that have all but crippled Australian business – particularly energy hungry businesses, like mining, manufacturing and mineral processing – and those hoping to bring an end to the lunacy, keen to save what’s left of industry and the meaningful jobs and wealth thus created.

As with any historic battle, the words and puroprted wisdom of the protagonists become etched in stone: pored over by analysts, critics and historians for eons to come.

The battle for Australia’s economic future is not yet lost. However, with power costs to businesses tripling in just on two years, year-on-year retail power increases of…

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Wind Turbine Blades: A Toxic Legacy For Centuries to Come – So Much for Saving the Planet

A very important posting which should be widely shared. Landfill in the UK has already become a serious waste disposal issue – as with other areas around the world…one wonders how long it will be before dumping at sea will be considered an option! All relevant government authorities should be urgently required to prove that the disposal of ALL wind turbine components is being not only monitored, but safely carried out and importantly – how.

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‘Liberated’ component looking for a landfill …

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Nightmare Of Wind Turbine Blade Disposal: 2 New Papers Expose The Environmental Nightmare Of Wind Turbine Blade Disposal
No Tricks Zone
Kenneth Richard
22 June 2017

“If the industry cannot come up with more sustainable manufacturing and disposal processes, public acceptance of wind energy would decline if the public becomes aware of these issues” – Ramirez-Tejeda et al., 2017

Despite an explosion in installed wind capacity since 1990, wind power had achieved just 0.39% of the world’s total energy consumption as of 2013.

Germany has assumed a leading role in promoting the consumption of renewable energy.  And yet even in Germany the share of energy consumption from wind power reached only 2.1% in 2016.

Despite its extremely limited infiltration as a world energy source, it is assumed that a rapid expansion of wind power will ultimately be environmentally advantageous both due…

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Germany’s Anti-Wind Power FDP Free Democrats Crush Greens in North Rhine Westphalia

As always, that the Greens globally haven’t twigged that the wind industry and others have high-jacked the perfectly laudable wish of people to clean up TOXINS in our atmosphere (of which CO2 is not one) leaves the otherwise supportable wishes that they have at serious risk. We do need to put polluters in industry on notice of closure when their activities consistently pollute air or water (i.e. rivers, reservoirs and seas). Threats are not enough – examples must be made of those who do it. Politicians and governments have yet to appreciate that science is increasingly producing evidence on harmful effects attached to the technology of wind power. Time to force the issues into the open – amongst which must be the fact that the claims made for wind power’s emissions savings and benefits have never been proven.

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Germans are a relatively cool tempered bunch, keen for consensus and to avoid serious civil confrontation.

Which goes some way to explain why Germany was overrun by these things; with thousands of them speared all across their farms and forests. However, Germans quite obviously have their limits of tolerance.

During the winter just gone, with a total collapse in wind and solar poweroutput, Germany had to scramble to keep its lights on using coal-fired power plants, resurrected to deal with a grid on the brink of collapse and nuclear power imported from France.

Rocketing power prices have also taken their toll on the German sense of humour.

But, as with every community forced to live with these things, Germans are just as hostile: constant exposure to turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound is enough to rattle the resolve of even the most stoic.

And now that the victims…

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Want to Wreck Your Nation? Plug Into Intermittent Wind & Solar – Australia Did

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A week or so back, we picked up on a brilliant article in The Australian by Henry Ergas – Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility – in which he likened Australia’s renewable energy policies to a death wish (our post here).

Henry’s back, this time on 2GB detailing the depth of Australia’s self-inflicted power market calamity in this interview with STT Champion, Alan Jones. Click on the play button for audio – transcript follows below.

Transcript

Alan Jones AO: Matter of weeks and we’re almost back to where we started. This is very, very serious stuff. I don’t think anyone except businesses who have signed forward contracts and consumers who’ve been listening to me and are now scrutinising their electricity bills, but I’m not sure it’s sunk in. What kind of energy crisis confronts us. You’ve got these people, Turnbull and…

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Australia’s Renewable Energy Disaster: Self-Inflicted Power Crisis Goes from Bad to Execrable

Watch out UK, EU and everywhere else – the clear message is that wind power is economically unsustainable and environmentally disastrous. Negative health impacts for humans and animals are only just emerging into the ‘light’ & understanding of the public having been buried/denied by the industry since its inception.

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Josh, they’ve worked it out. What’s your next bright idea?

As witless as they are gutless, the Federal Liberal/National Coalition government is tearing itself apart over energy.

In particular, renewable energy; and the choice between the existing annual 33,000 GWh Large-Scale RET – roughly 26% of annual consumption, which is already destroying businesses and punishing households with 20% year-on-year price increases (even though the annual target this year is a mere 26,000 GWh and doesn’t hit 33,000 until 2020) – and a 42% RET, which is the cornerstone of Alan Finkel’s fantasy of running Australia on sunshine, breezes and mythical grid-scale battery storage.

Conservatives within the Coalition, rallying behind their only hope, Angus Taylor, have finally tumbled to the fact that power prices matter; and that when power prices are exorbitant and rocketing, routine-load shedding and mass blackouts matter even more. This group have worked out that enough is enough…

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Trifecta of Wind Turbine Terror: Blades Snap, Flames Crackle Nacelles & Whole Turbines Drop

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A truly rare event …

Safety: Snap, Crackle, and Drop
Master Resource
Lisa Linowes
19 June  2017

Wind turbine safety had an ugly three weeks.

During the late hours of May 31, a turbine blade at NextEra’s Breckinridge Center in Oklahoma (in-service since August 2015), broke off near its base and was thrown to the ground – snap.

‘Snap’ in Oklahoma

Days later on June 5 and 8, two turbines – one at NextEra’s Endeavor I site in Iowa (operational since 2008)and a second at EDF Renewable Energy’s Salt Fork Wind project in Texas (online since Dec 2016) — exploded into flames filling the sky with thick black smoke – crackle.

‘Crackle’ in Texas.

By time the air cleared, news arrived that another NextEra turbine, this one at the Nebraska Steele Flats facility (since Oct 2013), buckled and collapsed – drop.

‘Drop’ in Nebraska.

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