Wind Power

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The Wind Production Tax Credit: Corporate Welfare at its Worst

http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA644.html

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The Multiple Distortions of Wind Subsidies

[Wind energy] Producers get so much [money] from [taxpayers] that they can pay utilities to take their power and still make a profit.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324481204578179373031924936.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

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How much electricity do solar and wind make on a global scale?

http://joannenova.com.au/2012/08/how-much-electricity-do-solar-and-wind-make-on-a-global-scale-answer-not-much/

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…. wind farms do not bring about any reduction in the use of conventional power plants.

http://www.aweo.org/ProblemWithWind.pdf

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Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that’s not ready

Minders of a fragile national power grid say the rush to renewable energy might actually make it harder to keep the lights on

http://articles.latimes.com/print/2013/dec/02/nation/la-na-grid-renewables-20131203

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… many [predictable] factors limit the amount of CO2 emissions that can be avoided when wind power is added to the grid.  Among these are factors related to wind’s unpredictable nature, which in turn negatively affects grid reliability — requiring spinning reserves and storage, which also typically have other environmental impacts.  For similar reasons, the costs of wind power increase dramatically with penetration.

http://reason.org/files/limits_of_wind_power.pdf

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The real reasons why one billion go hungry: wind farms, biofuels, sustainability…

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100053797/the-real-reasons-why-one-billion-go-hungry-wind-farms-biofuels-sustainability/

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America’s Worst Wind-Energy Project

Wind-energy proponents admit they need lots of spin to overwhelm the truly informed.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/279802

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Recouping cost of wind turbine may take more than a lifetime

http://news.consumerreports.org/home/2012/08/results-of-consumer-reports-wind-turbine-tests.html

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Federal Subsidies to Solar Up 626%, Subsidies to Wind Up 946%

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/federal-subsidies-solar-626-subsidies-wi

[And whence, again, came all that money?]

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The High Cost of Wind Energy as a Carbon-Dioxide Reduction Method

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/ib_11.htm

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SUBSIDIZING BIG WIND:

The Real Costs to Taxpayers

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/pdf/ir_25.pdf

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This is one of several instances where wind generation failure in Texas has resulting [sic] in blackouts and problems with the electrical grid.

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/may/2011-02-04/power-went-down-texas%23.UKQzdrThOa4#.ULAa5tewduo

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Texas Wind Power Lines Bust Budget (page 3)

http://heartland.org/sites/default/files/newspaper-issues/pdfs/November%2011%20ECN%20web.pdf

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Wind Farms Disrupting Radar, Scientists Say

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/11/05/wind-farms-disrupting-radar-scientists-say/?test=latestnews

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Politically correct [wind] ‘energy’ disrupting weather, aviation and defense radar

http://junkscience.com/2011/11/09/politically-correct-energy-disrupting-weather-aviation-and-defense-radar/

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Prediction:

U.S. Wind Market Set to ‘Fall Off a Cliff,’ Vestas CEO Says

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-11/u-s-wind-market-set-to-fall-off-a-cliff-vestas-ceo-says.html

Followed by Data:

Wind Industry Has Lost 10,000 Jobs Under Obama
http://nation.foxnews.com/wind-energy/2012/04/17/wind-industry-has-lost-10000-jobs-under-obama

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Economic Analysis Reveals Wind Power ‘Worse Than a Mistake’

http://junkscience.com/2012/03/06/new-report-economic-analysis-reveals-wind-power-worse-than-a-mistake/

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NV Energy windmill program generates rebates, little electricity

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/mar/30/nv-energy-windmill-program-generates-rebates-littl/

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Wind Industry Has Lost 10,000 Jobs Under Obama

http://nation.foxnews.com/wind-energy/2012/04/17/wind-industry-has-lost-10000-jobs-under-obama

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Wind turbines have been widely accepted as electricity producers thanks to claims that wind comes free of charge, and each kWh thus produced replaces a kWh provided by conventional techniques, i.e., it saves the fossil fuel otherwise needed. However, these assumptions have never been validated in existing power distribution systems even after the installation of as much as 86 GW of wind power in Europe alone.

http://www.europhysicsnews.org/articles/epn/pdf/2012/02/epn2012432p22.pdf

[For those who don’t know, a “kWh” is a kilowatt-hour.]

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… without the tax credit in place, the wind business ‘falls off a cliff…’

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/21/business/energy-environment/as-a-tax-credit-wanes-jobs-vanish-in-wind-power-industry.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1348175777-itzki9+6lu6Du4eS9CpxjA&pagewanted=print

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[Even the] Dutch fall out of love with windmills

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/16/us-dutch-wind-idUSTRE7AF1JM20111116

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Durability:

First there were the wind farms that had to be shut down if it got a bit blowy.

Then there was the turbine that burst into flames in a gale a month ago.

And now three turbines have been wrecked in the latest bout of rough weather – sweeping away any remaining illusions that strong winds simply mean more electricity being generated.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2083149/Wind-turbines-cope-UK-weather-3-blown-pieces.html

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Stephen Rose and colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University… found that nearly half of the planned turbines are likely to be destroyed over the 20-year life of the farms.”

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21468-hurricanes-deliver-fatal-blows-to-wind-turbines.html

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Avian Threat:

Energy in America: Dead Birds Unintended Consequence of Wind Power Development

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/08/16/energy-in-america-dead-birds-unintended-consequence-wind-power-development/

[ Bird  blenders , btw, are considered “clean” energy sources.]

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Nearly 500 Birds Found Dead Near Wind Farm

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/nearly-500-birds-found-dead-at-wind-farm/

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Altamont Pass wind farm kills 1,000 Golden Eagles per decade. Under US law, the operators should be subject to $250 million in fines and 2,000 years in jail.

http://www.real-science.com/kill-1000-eagles-handout-government

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Wind Power Could Kill Millions of Birds Per Year by 2030

http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/110202.html

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For reasons still not clear to scientists, eagles are vulnerable to collisions with wind turbines, and in some areas such collisions can be a major source of the bird’s mortality.“

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/government-using-gps-track-bald-eagles-right-wind-turbines

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German Wind Farms Kill Bats from Near and Far

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120702133529.htm

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[Obama]Feds look other way as wind farms kill birds — but haul oil and gas firms to court

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/17/us-wind-farms-under-fire-for-bird-kills/?test=latestnews

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Wind farms vs wildlife: The shocking environmental cost of renewable energy

http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8807761/wind-farms-vs-wildlife/

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Ask questions.  Do your homework.  Because once you yet these guys in your world is going to change forever and there is not a thing that you’re going to be able to do about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBYjZG8O6qE

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No one outside the Obama administration seems to think that mid-Atlantic wind farms are economically viable.  If they did, they would be lining up to purchase leases instead of canceling projects, as NRG Energy did recently with the Bluewater Wind project off the Delaware coast.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/enough_oil.html

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The [U.K.] government has finally seen through the wind-farm scam – but why did it take them so long?

http://www.spectator.co.uk/essays/all/7684233/the-winds-of-change.thtml

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Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest — built with [taxpayer] subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced — are now getting paid [by taxpayers, again] to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region’s electricity grid says there’s an oversupply of renewable power at certain times of the year.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/07/wind-power-companies-paid-to-not-produce/?test=latestnews

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Like the EU, the UK has become enamored with the idea of reducing CO2 through wind technology.  But most academic models show that the cheapest way to reduce CO2 by 20% in 2020 would be to switch from coal to cleaner natural gas.

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/gone-with-the-wind

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As Spain, Germany, Britain and other countries have learned, wind energy mandates and subsidies drive up the price of electricity – for families, factories, hospitals, schools, offices and shops.  They squeeze budgets and cost jobs.  Indeed, studies have found that two to four traditional jobs are lostfor every wind or other ‘green’ job created.

http://www.masterresource.org/2012/05/wind-subsidies-terminate/

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Germany’s Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

Germany’s agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/high-costs-and-errors-of-german-transition-to-renewable-energy-a-920288.html

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