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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.

April 18, 2021 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The unsettling truth about green energy, with Mark Mills

Bill Walton: Welcome to the Bill Walton Show. I’m Bill Walton. It seems like there’s an ever-increasing number of people who have super strong opinions about science, technology, the environment, energy issues, on and on. Keystone Pipeline, blackout in Texas, artificial intelligence, green energy, trade with China, lost manufacturing jobs. The problem is that most people, including me, don’t have the background or knowledge to reach good answers, and so we’re left with these policy issues pretty much a mess . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2021 • Iowa, Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Swanson: Counting the cost of the Green New Deal

As the US considers an infrastructure bill, we need to ask ourselves how much is the New Green Deal really going to cost. Let us start with looking at the cost of industrial wind. We are told turbines are cheap. I am seriously reconsidering the information that the media has “reported” in recent years. In Iowa we have cashed in $20 Billion federal dollars to build about 5000 wind turbines. Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy CEOs have admitted publicly that 100% . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar energy push ignores questions of supply, waste

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which manages our electric grid, rejected an oversupply of wind and solar energy last year that was equal to the annual volume of wind and solar energy from MCE (formerly Marin Clean Energy). The oversupply pace is worse this year and points to growing issues California cannot outrun. Wind and solar constitute the majority of our renewable energy supply. Because these sources are intermittent, meaning this power arrives when it wants and not necessarily . . . Complete story »

April 4, 2021 • Michigan, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines don’t belong near homes

This is in response to Don Smucker’s Guest View from the March 20 issue of the Daily News. His opinion piece included a variety of claims and accusations – all of which had no supporting documentation or sources.  We are calling out a few specific quotes from that article, with some supporting links as well. Additional facts and testimonials regarding wind turbines can also be found on the Montcalm County Citizens United Facebook page. 1. Mr. Smucker wrote: “The townships and . . . Complete story »

April 4, 2021 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Birds in the news: salmonella, predator aversion, wind turbines, song identification

Wind energy proponents frequently cite the statistics that more birds are killed by cats than by wind turbines. The problem is that the kinds of birds killed by cats are more likely to be common birds in urban and suburban areas than the long-distance migrants like shorebirds (though they are also at risk on breeding grounds), raptors and warblers. And because wind generation continues to increase and companies are not required to make public how many birds are killed, we only have their word for the comparison. Complete story »

April 3, 2021 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentally safe energy: Who says so?

As I point my camera at the beautiful fall foliage they stick out as very foreign objects in the grand landscape that Mother Nature has given us country folks. Swinging my camera toward a flying flock of geese, the tall “white monsters” in the background ruin the image I’m trying to capture of wild and free wildlife. I have visions of a bald eagle or a red-tailed hawk getting whacked by one of those fast-moving blades coming down while he . . . Complete story »

April 2, 2021 • Kansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Author of bill to restrict wind energy in Kansas defends legislation

A recent editorial by the Gannett Kansas editorial advisory board attempted to “throw cold water” on legislation I authored to support rural Kansans who have been negatively impacted by an unchecked wind industry over the past decade. This industry has been propped up by government, to the detriment of our energy policy, our environment and the lives of everyday Kansans. The purpose of SB 279 is to protect the health, safety, economic viability and property rights of rural Kansans. The . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2021 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

The RSPB, wind farms and a change of direction

Last month the House of Lords Environment Committee heard evidence about the effects of offshore windfarms on the marine environment. The hearing was notable for revealing signs of concern from the RSPB about the devastation that is potentially going to be unleashed on the North Sea, a crime in which they have been complicit because of their silence up until now. Perhaps, after all these years, they are getting close to confronting the evidence of the harm their support for . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2021 • Opinions, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm will harm Tri-City tourism, devalue hydro

Gov. Jay Inslee will soon decide if the relatively new wine country of Horse Heaven Hills is a good fit for a 24-mile swath of wind turbines ranging from 500 to 670 feet high. Power from these goliaths of new wind tech will meet his clean energy goals for western Washington. It will also cause irreparable environmental and economic harm to our community for the next half century. So why here? Because they don’t want it there. Case in point: . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2021 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

HB1381 is not for the people or of the people

Proposed House Bill 1381, which has passed the Indiana House and is now in the Utilities Committee of the Indiana Senate, would take away responsibilities and power that presently belong to the local governments in each county of this state. When you take away the power and rights of local government, you take away the rights and power of its citizens. Once the state starts taking local power and responsibilities from local government in any aspect or issue, where does . . . Complete story »

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