Tony Aardvark. Debunking commonly held myths

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    [ Multitudes of abandoned wind turbines at South Point, Hawaii, USA. ]

    The United States is Littered With More than 14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines

    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.

     

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    [ A white-tailed golden eagle killed by a wind turbine in Norway. ]

    How Long Before the Golden Eagle Goes Extinct Because of Wind Turbines?

    The wind turbine symbol of all that is good, renewable, green and politically correct is in reality an environmental holocaust for countries, such as China, that manufacture wind turbine parts, a subsidised failure at reliable electricity generation globally, they blight the lives of people forced to live within their shadow and they kill birds in huge numbers.

    The wind turbine symbol of all that is good, renewable, green and politically correct is in reality an environmental holocaust for countries, such as China, that manufacture wind turbine parts, a subsidised failure at reliable electricity generation globally, they blight the lives of people forced to live within their shadow and they kill birds in huge numbers.

    Yesterday Aardvark blogged about the desecration of the D Day beaches by bird choppers and finished the post with, “Now if the area around the Normandy beaches were home to a threatened species of aquatic fruit bat then every NGO from Greenpeace to the WWF would be up in arms.” Unfortunately, it seems that Aardvark was wrong because wind turbines are, in fact, one of the most sacred icons in the political church of climatology: “As California attempts to divorce itself from fossil-fueled electricity, it may be trading one environmental sin for another — although you don’t hear state officials admitting it.”

    Wind power is the fastest growing component in the United States’ green energy portfolio, but wildlife advocates say that many proponents for the wind turbines are overlooking a detrimental consequence–dead birds, including many protected species of eagles, hawks and owls.

    “The cumulative impacts are huge,” said Shawn Smallwood, one of only a handful of recognized experts who study the impact wind farms have on migratory birds. “It is not inconceivable to me that we could reduce golden eagle populations by a great deal, if not wipe them out.”

    California is home to roughly 2,500 golden eagles. The state’s largest wind farms kill, on average, more than 80 eagles each year. California is set to triple the number of wind farms in the coming years as it continues in its attempt to become the first state in the nation to generate one-third of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2020.

    “We would like to have no bird deaths and no bird injuries. But, once again, we have to balance all the needs of society,” said Lorelei Oviatt, Kern County planning commissioner. “All the people who want to flip their switch and have electricity in their homes.”

    Kern County officials have identified nearly 225,000 acres north of Los Angeles as a prime wind resource area. Unfortunately, the area’s rolling hills and mountains are also prime hunting grounds for raptors and also a common pit stop for migratory birds traveling between Canada and Mexico. The updrafts enjoyed by birds of prey are ideal for generating wind power.

    Balancing the needs of society against something eco, green and fluffy, but only when Climate Religion is being blindly followed. Imagine the uproar and fuss environmentalists would make if it were “Big Oil” or fracking responsible for changes to that much landscape.

     

    “Politics plays a huge role here,” Smallwood said. “Our leaders want this power source so they’re giving, for the time being, a pass to the wind industry. If you or I killed an eagle, we’re looking at major consequences.”

    Smallwood and other experts say it is almost inconceivable the United States Fish and Wildlife Service hasn’t stepped in, since it is the entity that enforces the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

     

    “There’s a big, big hypocrisy here,” Sue Hammer of Tehachapi Wildlife Rehab in Kern County said. “If I shoot an eagle, it’s a $10,000 fine and/or a vacation of one to five years in a federal pen of my choice.”

     

    Her point is not far off from the truth.

    In 2009, Exxon pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of about 85 migratory birds in five states that came into contact with uncovered waste tanks filled with crude oil. Exxon was penalized with a fine for $600,000.

    Similarly, PacifiCorp, an Oregon utility, was ordered to pay $10.5 million in fines, restitution and improvements to their equipment after 232 eagles were killed by colliding with power lines in Wyoming.

    In 2005, the owner of a fish hatchery was ordered to serve six months in a federal halfway house and to pay a $65,000 fine for shooting an eagle that was feeding at his uncovered fish hatchery.

    Wind power in the United States generates 41,400 megawatts of electricity. California represents just a fraction of that total, which suggests that the number of raptor kills is considerably higher nationwide. Shockingly, according to records, USFWS has not prosecuted a single company for violating one of the many statutes protecting threatened and endangered birds.

    As a prophet for the church of climatology, Al Gore forbid that there should ever be anything negative published about the planet-saving bird chopper. Prosecuting a company that distributes electricity and has birds fly in to its power lines is certainly frowned upon, and instead should be swept under the rug to avoid the acknowledgment of any violations made by a church of climatology-approved energy generation facility. Hypocrisy has always been the cornerstone of Al Gore’s religion where the rest of us lesser-beings are told how to live our lives by the self-appointed guardians of the planet. The mantra we are supposed to follow is “Do as I say, not as I do.”

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