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Wind Power News: Opinions


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 28, 2021 • Idaho, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The color of this green technology is blood red

If you’re a migratory silver-haired, eastern red or hoary bat and you fly, you die. During your twice yearly migration from Canada and the northern tier states down to the Southern states and back you’ll have to navigate a gauntlet of machines based on a 16th century technology that is promoted as an ecologically sustainable way to produce energy in the 21st century. When flying through these machines, you’ll have a high chance of dying by blunt force trauma, which . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2021 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Thank wind power for the looming spike in your utility bills

The wind industry's various flacks and apologists have organized a campaign to distract from wind power's role in making our energy grids less resilient, but the truth is the truth. Our government's ill-advised promotion of wind power, through various mandates and massive subsidies, has resulted in two things which are important factors in the utility bill spikes we're about to suffer. First, those policies have put more wind power on the grid. Second, it's also put more natural gas power on the grid. Complete story »

February 27, 2021 • Opinions, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

The energy-environment marriage can work, but not this way

Sometimes the breezes don’t blow. Sometimes the sun doesn’t shine. Sometimes the wind turbines freeze. When “sometimes” happens in Pennsylvania in 2035, if we have eliminated fossil fuels and their 750,000 jobs (75,000 in this state) from our energy diet, what will happen? Consider Texas recently, where wind and solar provide 40 percent of the energy. A deep freeze and sunless days disabled the alternative supply, reducing its capability to 8 percent. People died. Texas should have been better prepared . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2021 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Green energy main cause of Texas’ power woes

Contrary to the claims of green energy profiteers and apologists in the mainstream media, the failure of wind and solar power was largely to blame for the widespread power outages in Texas during the polar freeze that hit the state this past week. Before the politics of climate alarmism and cancel culture reared their ugly heads, any engineer would have openly said wind and solar power are unsuited for a large power grid because they are dependent on weather conditions. . . . Complete story »

February 22, 2021 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Time to say no once and for all and end wind project

“Don’t it always seem to go/That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone” – Joni Mitchell/Big yellow Taxi (1970) Albany County soon may learn exactly what singer songwriter Joni Mitchell meant when she penned these words 50 years ago. If nothing is done, within a year heavy equipment will begin widening and straightening Cherokee Park and Monument Roads along the 287 corridor and adding about 52 miles of new roads. Eighteen-wheelers will climb the slope into the Sherman Hills . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2021 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Why objections to an 800ft turbine in your back yard are gone with the wind

I received notification the other day of a neighbour’s plans to convert an outbuilding on his property into habitable accommodation. Should I wish to object I have 28 days to do so but, says the notice, if my challenge falls on deaf ears, I have no right of appeal. Happily, I’m fine with my neighbour’s building project and wish him well with it. We are not, after all, talking about a proposal which would change the entire character of my . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2021 • Alberta, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Collapse of power grid in Texas a wake-up call for Alberta

It’s been amusing to see the defenders of wind power loudly jump to the defence of their preferred technology. They argue that natural gas generators also went offline and took 30,000 MW off the grid (compared to 16,000 MW offline from wind). That rather misses the point. If Texas had spent its effort in building up reliable energy options instead of intermittent ones, they would have had additional power to call on when the natural gas plants went down too. Complete story »

February 19, 2021 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

A tense climate

When the highest-ranking official overseeing climate change policy for the state of Massachusetts was forced to resign last week, it represented an effort by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to put an end to a widening controversy. David Ismay, who served as undersecretary for climate change at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, was forced to step down following the release of a video of him making a series of inappropriate and troubling remarks while participating in a virtual . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2021 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Yes, our increasing reliance on intermittent wind power really is a problem

The problem with debating energy policy in modern America is that so much of the discourse is driven by reporters, who have been indoctrinated in the fossil-fuels-are-evil narrative since they were watching “Captain Planet” on Saturday mornings, and pugnacious pundits who aren’t bright enough to actually be for anything but instead must wait to see what the other side says so they can know what they are against. Our national conversation about energy – as millions and millions of Americans struggle . . . Complete story »

February 16, 2021 • Opinions, Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The great Texas climate catastrophe is heading your way

The Green New Deal has come, believe it or not, to the state of Texas. How’s it working out so far? Well, the good news is all that alternative energy seems to have had a remarkable effect on the climate. Sunday night, parts of Texas got the temperatures that we typically see in Alaska. In fact, they were the same as they were in Alaska. So global warming is no longer a pressing concern in Houston. The bad news is, . . . Complete story »

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