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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Oklahoma’s Former Governor: Subsidised Wind Power a Multi-Billion Dollar Mistake

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As Mark Twain put it: “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” And, even when the dupe accepts his folly, sorry seems to be the hardest word.

Frank Keating was governor of Oklahoma 1995-2003 and is responsible for its wind power calamity, as he calls it.

Uncharacteristically of a modern politician, Keating taps into that fast disappearing virtue – grace – not only admitting that he was fooled, but sincerely apologising for the harm caused to Okies and their State.

Frank Keating: I signed wind industry tax breaks, and I was wrong
Tulsa World
Frank Keating
25 February 2017

In 2001, when I served as governor of Oklahoma, I signed legislation creating the Zero Emissions Tax Credit for industrial wind energy. The tax credit was designed to give a jump-start to a wind industry in its infancy in Oklahoma at the time. It was…

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Locals Ecstatic: Judge Shuts Down Falmouth Wind Turbines

Hopefully the first of many such successes worldwide as the truth about harm caused by wind power finally dawns – via an informed judiciary – to governments. Even the most skilled of the industry’s lobbyists can’t bury this forever.

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The long-running saga of Falmouth’s two community tormentors has turned a corner, towards decency and human compassion.

Falmouth ordered to shut down turbines
Cape Cod Times
Ethan Genter
20 June 2017

BARNSTABLE — A Barnstable Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the town of Falmouth to shut down two town-owned wind turbines.

Judge Cornelius Moriarty issued his decision at about 4:30 p.m. in the case which pitted the town against its own Zoning Board of Appeals and a neighbor of the turbines. The Board of Selectmen had appealed a decision by the zoning board that found the turbines are a nuisance.

In an emergency meeting Tuesday night, selectmen instructed the town manager to comply with Moriarty’s order.

“We are going to abide by what the judge has ordered,” said Doug Jones, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

Known as Wind 1 and Wind 2, the two turbines at the Falmouth…

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Open letter to Dr Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist

“Your report appears to breach section 137.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 in multiple, highly material, ways whose effect is to mislead while advocating a policy which lengthy historical evidence shows has created harm to the people of Australia and creates more harm the longer it is pursued.”

Hi all,

Dr Michael Crawford wrote this excellent open letter to Dr Finkel on June 23, 2017:

Best wishes,

Dominic Mette


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