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Droz, John
Wind Spin: Misdirection and Fluff by a Taxpayer-Enabled Industry ~
Trying to pin down the arguments of wind promoters is a bit like trying to grab a greased balloon. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, it morphs into a different shape and escapes your grasp. Let’s take a quick highlight review of how things have evolved with wind merchandising. 1 – Wind energy was abandoned well over a hundred years ago, as even in the late 1800s it was totally inconsistent with our burgeoning, more modern . . . Complete article »

Droz, John
15 reasons wind power is vastly overrated ~
Trying to pin down the arguments of wind promoters is a bit like trying to grab a greased balloon. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, it squirts away. Let’s take a quick highlight review of how things have evolved. 1 – Wind energy was abandoned well over a hundred years ago, as it was totally inconsistent with our burgeoning more modern needs of power, even in the late 1800s. When we throw the switch, we expect . . . Complete article »

Droz, John
Electrical Energy, Science, and You ~
Physicist and long-time environmental activist John Droz has been putting on free local community (upstate N.Y. and coastal N.C.) presentations about wind power and electrical energy for some time now. He frequently gets requests to go to more distant areas, but the cost of paying his travel expenses is generally too much for the sponsoring group. The time required is also a factor. The core of his presentation is now available at Slide Share (and embedded below). “When looking at . . . Complete article »

Droz, John
Wind Power: How We Got Here ~
For 100 years, six criteria have been used to assess commercial electricity generators: Can they provide large amounts of electricity? Can they provide reliable and predictable electricity? Can they provide dispatchable electricity? Can they service one or more grid demand elements (base load, load following, or peak load)? Can their facilities be compact (so that they can be sited near demand)? Can they provide economical electricity? Today, a new one has been added, often trumping all six other criteria: Can . . . Complete article »

Droz, John
How DOE + AWEA = DOA ~
Comments on the U.S. Department of Energy’s “20% Wind Energy by 2030” Report (May 2008) ‘Reading the sections about projected CO2 emission savings, the report appears to be a rehashing of prior work, with little (if any) new information or data provided. It is further diminished by technical errors, conflicting information, and a frequent lack of citations to independent sources supporting the aggressive recommendations, etc. This is likely due to the fact that the only non-governmental partners in this project . . . Complete article »

Droz, John
Some Legislative Options ~
Download original document: “Some Options When Your NY Representatives Are Not Acting Responsibly” Complete article »

Droz, John
Getting Up To Speed On Wind Power ~
Overview of the situation (an introduction, outline, etc.) Executive Summary (a one page, two point summary of the wind power issue) Environmental Choice (a discussion of lesser known environmental hazards, plus an alternative to wind power) an RPS analogy (RPS is at the core of the problem, and is the key thing that needs to be fixed) Extensive List of References (a substantial amount of information about the wind power issue) Download original document: “Getting Up To Speed On Wind . . . Complete article »

Droz, John
NYSERDA Conference Comments by John Droz (12/12/07) ~
Good morning. My name is John Droz, and I live on Brantingham Lake in the western part of the Adirondacks. As you know, all of us here wear different hats at different times. One minute you are a parent, the next a sibling, later an employee, then a doctor’s patient. I mention this as these multiple perspectives can sometimes get us confused. At least I know I can be. So, although I am a NYS resident and taxpayer, I am . . . Complete article »

Droz, John
Wind Power: An Executive Summary ~
Upstate New York State may end up with some TWENTY THOUSAND wind towers. If this concerns you, keep reading. (FYI, I am a physicist who has a 20+ year track record of interest in our environment in a variety of areas (like water quality). I live on a lake in the Adirondack Mountains, as communing with nature is one of my highest priorities.) At first glance, wind power seems to be a potentially good thing: a clean, renewable source of . . . Complete article »

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