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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Mark Jacobson, the Stanford engineering professor who became the darling of the green Left by repeatedly claiming the U.S. economy can run solely on renewable energy, has threatened to take legal action against the authors of an article that demolished his claims last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper – whose lead author is Chris Clack, a mathematician who has worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado and now . . .
Most of Ontario’s wind farms have been resented as eyesores in the rural towns where they’ve been built; the Green Energy Act took away a bunch of local authority to resist them. Paying extra for the power they generate added injury to insult as electricity bills shot up, especially in those same rural areas.
Visitors to Scotland rate our landscape and scenery as a key reason for coming. But do we really look after it as best as we should? It always seems to come second best. We apparently prefer exploitation without thinking whether it harms the scenery and ruins the cultural history bound up in our landscapes. What’s the problem and what should we do about it? Have you passed through the new industrial landscapes? No, these are not in Lanarkshire, but in . . .
The backlash against Big Wind continues. Indeed, entire states are now restricting or rejecting wind projects. In April, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill that puts an early end to lucrative tax credits that Big Wind was collecting in the Sooner state. The move will save the state about $500 million over the next decade. In May, the Tennessee legislature passed a ban on new wind projects until July 2018. State legislators took action after Cumberland Mountains residents mounted . . .
There are many perceptions coming from developers of an industrial wind farm in Lincoln County, as well as the upcoming vote of ordinance improvements that the Lincoln County Commissioners, along with the Planning and Zoning Board, have been studying for three years. These perceptions are coming from for-profit developers and lobby groups whose concern is only about their pocketbooks and to further their agenda at the cost of those who call Lincoln County home. The reality of the upcoming vote . . .
Starting in 2020 Maryland’s electricity consumers will be paying higher electric bills in order to subsidize two wind projects to be developed off the Ocean City waterfront. Over the lives of these projects the subsidies will total more than $2 billion. Despite this exorbitant cost the projects will deliver no environmental benefits and, most likely, will contribute to global warming. How did this lose-lose situation come about? Offshore wind development was a pet project of former Governor O’Malley. After several . . .
The failure of the New York State Legislature to understand the importance of Senate Bill 1755 in ensuring the long-term health of defense bases and national borders in New York State is absolutely astounding. The ban on industrial wind turbine projects within 40 miles of airfields and military air bases (as addressed in Sen. Robert Ortt’s priority bill) would have freed the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and its 3,000 employees from a critical base assessment criterion of the Base . . .
There has been discussion recently over a possible wind farm in my county. Residents close to the proposed turbine towers are concerned about the health effects, about disrupted rural landscape and about what it will do to their property values. Some are suggesting that newly proposed countywide zoning would have excluded the turbines or minimized any harm. They are wrong. Both a former county councilman and the mayor brought up a relevant point in separate articles for the local newspaper: . . .
Peter L. Kelley is vice president of public affairs for the American Wind Energy Association
Is 100 percent renewables an unscientific fantasy? If you think wind and solar alone will provide 100 percent of America’s energy needs then yes, it is a fantasy with no scientific basis. The scientific community essentially agreed in June when 21 prominent scientists issued a sharp critique to Mark Jacobson of Stanford, who said America could easily become 100 percent wind and solar by mid-century. But he refused to acknowledge sound scientific principles in his research and refused to correct . . .