Tuesday, December 02, 2008

No Wind, But A Lot Of Hot Air

A listener from Fayetteville got in on the Rush Limbaugh show where Jason Lewis was subbing for Rush. The caller mentioned an article in the NW Arkansas Times about the wind turbines at St Thomas Episcopal Church. The caller also mentioned Stephan Pollard who he said had declared in a discussion about energy that we need to "eliminate all forms of carbon." That doesn't surprise me because deep down the environmental extremists want to eliminated all life from Earth, particularly human. Anyway, Jason went off on wind turbines. He bluntly said they are a mis-allocation of resources.

I grew up hearing about how we needed to convert to solar and wind power. After 4 decades wind and solar still need government subsidies because they aren't viable. They are not going to be able to replace coal and natural gas plants. Jason mentioned some health hazards that the news article didn't feel obligated to print. There is the noise of the turbines, the flicker of the blades which interfere with drivers and pilots. Ice can form on those blades and fling them off. Do you want to be driving by those blades when they do that? Of course, we all want to see those visually offensive turbines on all of our mountain tops. I'd like to see them try to sticking one of those up on Mt. Sequoia or Mt. Kessler.

Jason finished off by quoting Christopher Booker in that 100,000 acres of wind turbines produce the amount of electricity as a 15 acre coal plant. Well, I couldn't find that quote but I found this
Mr Obama floats off still further from reality when he proposes spending $15 billion a year to encourage "clean energy" sources, such as thousands more wind turbines. He is clearly unaware that wind energy is so hopelessly ineffective that the 10,000 turbines America already has, representing "18 gigawatts of installed capacity", only generate 4.5GW of power, less than that supplied by a single giant coal-fired power station.

It's too bad you can't talk cold, hard, common sense science with these environmentalists. The wind/solar thing makes them feel like they're doing something for the environment. Feelings are more important than facts.


Hardtack said...

And don't forget the birds... the thousands of birds who experience an untimely death due to wind turbines.

Of course, this may be the new survival of the species test. Like crossing a road and not getting hit.

But wind turbines are a joke. They always have been, and always will be. If they are that efficient, then those who rely on them should totally disconnect themselves from all forms of fossil fuel energy.

Valerie said...

You're right! I forgot about all those helpless birds. I wonder if the church will release it's dead bird count?

Anonymous said...

Hardtack...you are the joke...you just don't get it...so why not shut up your pie hole. Also, the author states that all the wind turbines installed (10,000) produce 4.5 GW of power...which he says is "less than one giant coal fired station"....RIGHT...hey Val...you show me a coal fired power station that produces 4.5GW. C'mon...just one....SHOW ME! Also...concerning the acreage...what about the mining acreage required to supply these "giant" power stations...didn't think about that...did you?
STFU until you know at least a little about what you are ranting about. Your clueless.