Reaming Texas Bloody w/ Wind Turbines

Texas Fell Head Over Heels for Wind Farms

Nothing proclaims a politician’s virtue better than legions of hundred-metre high steel whirly-gigs marching off into the horizon. How green! How climate friendly! How . . . scatter-brained?!?

Giant wind turbines begin to break down within 10 years of installation. Unfortunately, most warranties on giant wind monstrosities only last 5 years. Most wind farms neglect maintenance on machines, voiding their warranties from the outset. And they are not putting aside enough money to pay for the cleanup of these looming junkyards of lost virtue.

Estimates put the tear-down cost of a single modern wind turbine, which can rise from 250 to 500 feet above the ground, at $200,000.

Texas is by far the leading wind energy producer in the United States, generating more than 20,000 megawatts of electricity each year. That is about one-fourth of the nation’s wind-energy production.

We can expect the Texas winds to blow forever, but the colossal turbines which capture the breeze and transform it into electricity will not turn forever. Like all mechanical things devised by man, no matter how clever, they eventually wear out.

“We don’t know with certainty the life spans of current turbines,” said Lisa Linowes, executive director of WindAction Group, a nonprofit which studies landowner rights and the impact of the wind energy industry…

… “So we’re coming in on 10 years of life and we’re seeing blades need to be replaced, cells need to be replaced, so it’s unlikely they’re going to get 20 years out of these turbines,” she said.

Estimates put the tear-down cost of a single modern wind turbine, which can rise from 250 to 500 feet above the ground, at $200,000. __ EnergyCentral

Canada’s province of Ontario just got itself a brand new business-friendly premier. Suddenly Ontario is seeing the light, and is cancelling 758 renewable energy projects, including at least one giant windfarm that nobody wanted. A reduction of over 10% in power bills off the top, will be the result.

The new Ontario government is canceling or winding down 758 renewable energy contracts that will see more than 200 projects killed off in southwestern Ontario as the newly sworn-in government follows through with its pledge to bring hydro bills down by 12 percent. __

Unreliable Wind & Solar are a Green Curse on the Gullible

In Australia, grid-scale wind and solar energy installation have created a gruesome electric power crisis. Prices for electric power are skyrocketing, at the same time that reliability is crashing.

… [electricity] prices, which 20 years ago were among the world’s lowest, soared to levels that were not only three times those in the US but substantially above those in Europe, which lacks our abundant, high-quality coal.

And as prices rose, a massive transfer of wealth occurred, from low-income households that could not afford rooftop solar panels to investors in renewables, who luxuriated in rates of return about 50 per cent greater than those earned by their US counterparts. __ Stop These Things

Hard Justice In the Wildlands of Montana and the Australian Outback

Giant noisy windfarms are hazardous to the health of bats, raptors, and human beings. Bats and raptors can do little about the bloody assaults on their persons, but human beings are another matter.

… there are plenty of wind farm victims who are keen to see them end up in bits; lots of little bits.

One of the turbines located in the Glacier County portion of the Glacier Wind 2 farm was shot sometime in mid-April. The bullet punched through the outer shell of the turbine and damaged a major cable leading to the generator, causing more than $100,000 in damage.

… STT has heard a few reports of Australian farmers letting loose on turbines with shots fired in frustration and anger. One shootist apparently decided to stop firing at the blades, because the holes made caused them to emit a ‘whistling’ sound, only adding to the acoustic torture.

The fact of the matter is that rural communities cannot abide these things. When asked fairly and squarely, more than 90% of threatened and affected communities are bitterly opposed:

Wind Industry Keeps Losing ‘Hearts and Minds’: Community Opposition Rolls & Builds

While only a few have taken up arms in response (so far), there’s been plenty of self-directed action from threatened and/or harmed communities around the world… __ Stop These Things (STT)

Wind turbines sometimes burst spectacularly into flames, sometimes turbines are smashed to bits when towers fall, but mostly the massive and unpredictable wastes of resources just wear out — prematurely.

Giant wastelands of dead wind towers dot landscapes across the US west. But that is just the beginning of the blight. On land, it is a matter of ugly, somewhat dangerous industrial waste. But at sea — where many of the most expensive wind projects are being built — we will see navigational hazards of a deadly and long-lasting nature, as the projects are abandoned for lack of upkeep.

Costly Consequences of Idiotic Virtue Signaling

Wind energy production tripled thanks to the Obama administration’s aggressive green energy agenda, going from 8,883 megawatts in 2005 to around 82,183 megawatts today, which is about 5.5 percent of the nation’s total power generation. __

US taxpayers are on the hook for tens of $billions and more after Obama’s friends and campaign bundlers failed to pay back their green energy loans. This is politics as usual among the high-flying faux environmental crowd — stiffing the taxpayer for virtue and profit.

They Can Never Pay for Themselves — Why Were They Built?

The stated rationale for the large-scale construction of huge wind & solar projects was to fight global warming. But more carbon was released in building these idiocies than will ever be “spared the environment” by unreliable intermittent prone-to-break-down-prematurely grid-scale wind turbines and solar arrays.

The real reason for building these ruinously expensive nonsensical failures of logic, was financial payback to politically connected donours and “bundlers.” In other words, corruption on a massive scale, done in the name of virtue-signaling.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.

We are not recommending a wholesale attack on these corrupt and ugly contraptions, but if you feel you or someone you love may be harmed by them, try to use minimal force in retribution. Do not harm humans, even if some of the foremost backers of green energy — such as Tom Steyer — have been suggesting that a nuclear war may be the only way to fight the good green fight.

But the turbines themselves? If turbines are causing harm to humans — directly or indirectly — they should not be there in the first place.

More: Offshore turbine farms cost more to maintain and decommission than they are worth

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5 Responses to Reaming Texas Bloody w/ Wind Turbines

  1. bob sykes says:

    A few years ago, the Texas utility commission reported that the capacity factor for their installed wind turbines was less than 9%.

    • alfin2101 says:

      Interesting. Do you have a link to that report?

      Most wind power advocates claim average capacity factors near 30% or greater, but such claims ignore the most salient aspect of wind generators — they produce electrical energy intermittently and unpredictably. That means that a significant amount of energy generated by wind turbines cannot be used by utility consumers, because it is the wrong amount of energy at the wrong time (no demand). If wind advocates were forced to compute “usable capacity factor,” their results would be far closer to your “9%” value than the 30% they claim.

      Members of the public tend not to understand the life and death technologies upon which their well cushioned existences are built. Electric power needs to be generated at the same time it is utilised. This means that power must be dispatchable — capable of being turned on and off to match demand. Wind & solar lack that utility, and are thus not only useless to the needs of modern societies, they are outright liabilities to issues of power quality, power affordability, and power reliability.

      Green zealots in Australia, Germany, California, and elsewhere are balancing their societies on a razor’s edge for the sake of blind cult-like ideology. It will not end well for them.

  2. Someone says:

    They have these damn eyesores in South Texas as well over the last 15 years. The farmers that allow them to be built make some money but it is irritating they always ask for property tax abatement and other favors even though they were already subsidized with government money.

  3. swampie says:

    I wouldn’t mind having one (small windmill) as a back up pump for the gardens and livestock.

    • alfin2101 says:

      Small wind turbines are neither here nor there. We are talking about the gigantic idiocies that are playing increasing havoc with power grids.

      I doubt that you want one of the 10 MW grid-scale monsters. Not only would it make your home environment unlivable, but your neighbors would either move out or burn your house down in response.

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