Wind energy is viewed by many as an alternative energy panacea. Is it?
Many issues arise from wind turbine power generation. The wind is touted as free, non-polluting, efficient, a CO2 reduction technique, environmentally friendly, safe for humans, and effective against climate change.
Let’s review today’s facts. Please feel free to request primary source material for each of these observations.
The rare earth neodymium is the magnet at the top of the turbine tower. Chinese rare earth mines kill and maim thousands of workers each year. Those who survive have extremely high cancer rates.
The mine tailings for the rare earth mines are the most polluted, poisoned places on Planet Earth, according to Chinese environmental organizations. Visit Baotou, Inner Mongolia, on Google to see the vast polluted lake of poison.
Infrasound, sound below 20 MHz, sickens many who live near wind turbines.
Wind turbine flicker makes others sleepless or ill. While turbine set backs are encouraged, little enforcement ensues. Those people with health complaints are ignored.
112 people have died in wind turbine structural liberations—crash and burns—around the world. There have been 3,800+ such structural liberations during the past decade. Significant amounts of pollutants are released during a turbine fire.
The wind industry receives massive tax support (public supported profits!), while rate payers see massive price increases. Prices are guaranteed, even when wind does not blow. Construction permits are rapid. Loan supports are readily available from government sources. Yet end-user rates continue to increase for both commercial and family use.
Risk has been removed from the wind energy market with price guarantees. Only the top 1% benefit from these subsidies. The poorest suffer the greatest. A $40 increase in a monthly electricity bill takes food off the table for poor children and the elderly.
Wind turbines offer intermittent power. The wind blows irregularly. Turbines spin only with the wind. The power grid demands constant power sourcing. Stand-by generation comes from coal, natural gas, and nuclear power. These cause increased CO2 emissions, as they must spin in reserve, whether they are in use or waiting. Thousands of tons of CO2 are emitted by these stand-by power sources. This completely defeats the very climate advantage sought.
Turbines are inefficient. At best they convert 12-20% of the potential energy available into electricity. Their rated capacity overstates their functional capacity by a significant margin. Yet operators are paid based upon their rated capacity.
Turbines are made of millions of pounds of steel and concrete. Blades are made from hydrocarbon-based plastic. Hundreds of tons of CO2 emissions result from the construction of each turbine. These emissions add to the problem of climate change.
Unknown millions of birds die in the spinning blades. Hawks, falcons, bats, osprey, owls die. A legal license to kill from the USFWS allows takes of endangered species like whooping cranes, condors, golden and bald eagles.
Uncle Sam is simultaneously protecting these birds and destroying them. All in the name of saving future generations of birds. The wind industry’s comment? “Millions die from cats, cars and buildings.” Have you ever seen a cat kill an eagle? A Whooping Crane? A Condor? Even the USFWS acknowledges 565,000 bird deaths and 800,000+ bat deaths annually. With the projected five fold increase in power sourcing from wind turbines by 2030, when will extinction destroy these Masters of the Sky?
A wide variety of turbine choices are available. These do not kill, maim, injure, or sicken. They are not supported by taxes, price guarantees, or regulations. Millionaires and billionaires are not made wealthier. These alternative wind turbines are typically smaller and more efficient. They are ideally suited to individual commercial and residential building power generation. They are grid free and guilt free.Are the risks of wind turbine power generation worth the price paid? Why are people sickened and birds killed? Click To Tweet
Are the risks of wind turbine power generation worth the price paid? Who benefits? Why are people sickened and birds killed?
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Just say no to today’s Franken Towers!Help save birds and your neighbors. Just say no to wind turbine Franken Towers! Click To Tweet The mine tailings from rare earth mines are the most polluted, poisoned places on Planet Earth. Click To Tweet The wind industry receives massive tax support, while rate payers see massive price increases. Click To Tweet Infrasound, sound below 20 MHz, sickens many who live near wind turbines. Click To Tweet 112 people have died in turbine structural liberations—crash and burns—around the world. Click To Tweet Hundreds of tons of CO2 emissions result from the construction of each wind turbine. Click To Tweet
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