While initially seeming like a plausible concept, the world of wind turbines hides many ugly facts and leaves behind litter across the United States that has not been addressed. From pollution and environmental damage caused by manufacturing these ‘bird choppers,’ to the imposition on people’s lives of noise and the constant flicker of lights, to the countless birds that are killed every year, wind turbines have negatively impacted American’s lives more than was ever thought possible.
Wind turbines are a key symbol of green renewable energy, and a supposed solution for the non-existent problem of global warming. Abandoned wind farms are beginning to litter the planet more than ever as governments across the globe cut the taxes that fund the wind farms where the turbines are placed. Consumers are continually duped into paying taxes to support the cost of wind farms in exchange for the privilege of having an expensive power source that can’t function consistently from day-to-day for various reasons such as the weather being too cold or the wind speed being too fast.
The United States has more than 14,000 wind turbines that have been abandoned and are slowly deteriorating. In many instances, the wind turbines are symbols of the dying ‘climate religion’ that is heavily preached by environmentalists and liberals. Green environmentalists have not taken any responsibility for the mess of wind turbines left behind to deteriorate, nor have they even bothered to speak of the abandoned wind farms.
The United States has had wind farms since 1981:
“Some say that Ka Le is haunted—and it is. But it’s haunted not by Hawaii’s legendary night marchers. The mysterious sounds are “Na leo o Kamaoa”– the disembodied voices of 37 skeletal wind turbines abandoned to rust on the hundred-acre site of the former Kamaoa Wind Farm…”
The ghosts at Kamaoa are not the only warning we have against wind turbines and wind farms. Five other abandoned wind sites dot the Hawaiian isles, but the impact of past mandates and subsidies for wind farms is most strongly felt in California. Thousands of abandoned wind turbines litter the landscape of California’s ‘big three’ locations—Altamont Pass, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio—considered by experts to be among the world’s best wind sites.
California’s wind farms, which make up nearly 80% of the world’s total scope of wind generation, stopped functioning even more quickly than at Kamaoa. More than 14,000 wind turbines were abandoned in three of the best wind spots on earth. Today, the constantly spinning post-industrial junk serves no purpose other than to inadvertently kill birds and remain eyesores in otherwise beautiful landscapes.
The largest obstacle many communities face when deciding whether or not to clear up abandoned wind farms is the process of removing the wind turbines themselves. As expected, there aren’t any green environmentalists stepping up to take any responsibility for the farms the originally fought so hard for:
“The City of Palm Springs was forced to enact an ordinance requiring their removal from San Gorgonio. But California’s Kern County, encompassing the Tehachapi area, has no such law.”
Imagine the outrage green environmentalists would express if the wind farms were clusters of abandoned oil drilling rigs instead of hollow symbols for their ‘climate religion.’
“It took nearly a decade from the time the first flimsy wind turbines were installed before the performance of California wind projects could dispel the widespread belief among the public and investors that wind energy was just a tax scam.”
Ben Lieberman, an energy and environmental senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, was not surprised. He asked:
“If wind power made sense, why would it need a government subsidy in the first place? It’s a bubble which bursts as soon as the government subsidies end.”
Here is a hard lesson that is going be learned by those who sought to gain wealth from tax subsidies for the wind turbines: the whole ‘renewables’ industry of solar, wind and biomass is nothing more than an artificial financial bubble incapable of surviving long term without subsidies from both the government and taxpayers. Many businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Friends of Earth (FoE) and Greenpeace now have the mindset that funding and forcefully instating renewable energy sources is their god-given right because the funding goes towards their green climate religion-approved clean energy.
The green environmentalists relentlessly push for multitudes of wind farms and other renewable energy initiatives without thinking through the many consequences of their demands.
“Altamont’s turbines have since 2008 been tethered four months of every year in an effort to protect migrating birds after environmentalists filed suit. According to the Golden Gate Audubon Society, 75 to 110 Golden Eagles, 380 Burrowing Owls, 300 Red-tailed Hawks, and 333 American Kestrels (falcons) are killed by Altamont turbines annually. A July, 2008 study by the Alameda County Community Development Agency points to 10,000 annual bird deaths from Altamont Pass wind turbines. Audubon calls Altamont, ‘probably the worst site ever chosen for a wind energy project.’”
Often times, the same areas that are considered ideal for building wind farms are also natural routes for birds of prey and migrating birds to fly through. It is shame for the birds that none of the green environmentalists, who pretend to care so much about all the aspects of nature and wildlife, thought through the negative consequences that the wind farms would have on the wildlife and nature in those areas.
“After the debacle of the First California Wind Rush, the European Union had moved ahead of the US on efforts to subsidize ‘renewable’ energy–including a ‘Feed in Tariff’ even more lucrative than the ISO4 contracts.”
In reality, the taxpayers who funded the subsidies to build the wind farms actually paid for an unreliable source of power generation, and will ultimately be left to fund the clean up of the wind turbine graveyards left scattered around the United Stated in this post-manmade global warming-obsessed world we live in.
“California’s wind farms — then comprising about 80% of the world’s wind generation capacity — ceased to generate much more quickly than Kamaoa. In the best wind spots on earth, over 14,000 turbines were simply abandoned. Spinning, post-industrial junk which generates nothing but bird kills.”
Wind turbines and wind farms are nothing more than bird-killing, costly impositions both on the natural landscapes they disfigure across the United States and to the people who live nearby and have to suffer through the noise and lights the turbines emit every hour of the day. The environmentalists who fought so hard for this ‘green’ technology power source should step up and take responsibility for the costly and ineffective failure that wind farms truly are.