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Dutch fall out of love with windmills...
When the Netherlands built its first sea-based wind turbines in 2006, they were seen as symbols of a greener future but now, the outlook for Dutch wind projects seems bleak.
The 36 turbines -- each one the height of a 30-storey building -- produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 100,000 households each year.
But five years later the green future looks a long way off. Faced with the need to cut its budget deficit, the Dutch government says offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour -- some 4.5 billion euros last year.

UK Duke: Wind farms 'absolutely useless'...
The Duke of Edinburgh has made a fierce attack on wind farms, describing them as “absolutely useless”.
Criticism of their effect on the environment has mounted, with The Sunday Telegraph disclosing today that turbines are being switched off during strong winds following complaints about their noise.
“He said, 'You don’t believe in fairy tales do you?’” said Mr Wilmar. “He said that they would never work as they need back-up capacity.”
One of the main arguments of the anti-wind farm lobby is that because turbines do not produce electricity without wind, there is still a need for other ways to generate power.
Two-thirds of the country’s wind turbines are owned by foreign companies, which are estimated to reap £500million a year in subsidies.
Spain subsidies

China wind expansion
Patrick Moore: Greenpeace Founder Questions Windfarms

The industry is a destroyer of wealth and negative to the economy.

Moore, who now refers to himself as the “sensible environmentalist,'' said the solar bubble has burst and thinks the wind bubble is about to burst.

“They are ridiculously expensive and don't work half the time,'' he said. “And no matter how many are built, they won’t replace coal, gas or hydro or nuclear plants, because they are continuous and wind is not always reliable.''

Moore told his audience the wind energy industry in Spain has resulted in a 30% unemployment rate among people under the age of 30.

"Green" Wind Farms Threaten Endangered Species

the huge turbines of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's wind farm in the Tehachapi Mountains north of Los Angeles have recently killed two more golden eagles — bringing the total of these endangered birds killed by the turbines' blades at the Pine Tree facility to eight.

It turns out that wind power is expensive and inefficient even in the best wind-farm locations in the world. And regular power plants always need to be on standby in case there is no wind, not enough wind, or even too much of it — a fairly regular occurrence.

That is why, when the tax subsidies run out, the towering metallic structures are often simply abandoned.

Wind power has not always had an easy time making it onto a Pacific Northwest grid dominated by hydropower. But late in the afternoon on March 11, the turbines, mostly clustered near that wind tunnel called the Columbia River Gorge, spun fast and furious and grid operators found room for a record 4,039 megawatts (MW).

How much is 4,039 MW? More than double the energy that the coal, gas and nuclear plants connected to the Bonneville Power Administration system were providing at the time, BPA said

Do you remember when DDT was banned because it might be harming birds?
After it's banning, thousands if not millions of humans have died from malaria thanks to ineffective pesticides.
But now it's OK to...

KILL THE BIRDS! The slaughter at Altamont Pass:

Bird deaths present problem at wind farms -
For years, a huge wind farm in California's San Joaquin Valley was slaughtering thousands of birds, including golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and burrowing owls. The raptors would get sliced up by the blades on the 5,400 turbines in Altamont Pass, or electrocuted by the wind farm's power lines. Scientists, wildlife agencies and turbine experts came together in an attempt to solve the problem. The result?
Protective measures put in place in an effort to reduce deaths by 50% failed.
Deaths in fact soared for three of four bird species studied, said the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Bird Fatality Study.
The slaughter at Altamont Pass is being raised by avian scientists who say the drive among environmentalists to rapidly boost U.S. wind-farm power 20 times could lead to massive bird losses and even extinctions.

New wind projects "have the potential of killing a lot of migratory birds," said Michael Fry, director of conservation advocacy at the American Bird Conservancy in Washington.

What hypocrites the Green Religion produces.
Denmark aims to get 50% of all electricity from wind power

The country aims to supply 35% of its total energy from renewables by 2020 and 100% by 2050



Never underestimate the ability of the human beings to improvise and innovate:


Imagine: no more dirty coal power, no more mining deaths, no more nuclear disasters, no more polluted aquifers as a result of fracking. Our entire society powered by the quiet "woosh" of a wind turbine. Kyushu University's wind lens turbine is one example of the many innovations happening right now that could in the near future make this utopian vision a reality.

$21,000 wind turbine -- saves Reno only $4 on energy bill...
As first reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, one turbine that cost the city $21,000 to install saved the city $4 on its energy bill. Overall, $416,000 worth of turbines have netted the city $2,800 in energy savings.
Not all of the city’s turbines performed so poorly. But on average, the small wind turbines installed statewide through NV Energy’s program have yielded disappointing results.

“There is a lot of difference in some of the generators relative to what the (manufacturers) claim,” said John Hargrove, who manages NV Energy’s Renewable Generations program. “A generator can claim to put out 100 kilowatt hours, but that’s based on an assumption that there’s a certain amount of wind. If you don’t have the wind, you won’t have the output.”

Very seldom does anyone mention the high maintenance costs incurred with blown transmissions. There is no transmission oil satisfactory to meet the heat and durability requirements to keep a wind turbine working fine long term. These costs are not figured in when the energy savings are quoted. Its common for wind turbines to burn up in smoke. Would you like to be the guy that climbs up there to fix it? I wouldn't.
As speculators in oil are demonized,

Wind industry lost 10k jobs since 2009...
The promise to create millions of so-called "green jobs" has been a colossal and expensive failure.
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