Al Gore Won’t Tell You Wind Power’s Dirty Secret

BY CILLIAN ZEAL 
JANUARY 23, 2018 AT 2:42AM

We’ve been told over and over again that wind power is one of the cleanest power sources on earth, all by people like Al Gore. And why wouldn’t it be?

After all, it harnesses the power of the wind — a natural phenomenon — and turns it into energy. Aside from the occasional dead bird (or, well, more than occasional dead bird), what could be so polluting about wind energy?

Unfortunately, those who bought into the fiction are quickly finding out.

According to Bloomberg, a small Mexican town along the country’s southern coast was the site of a cleanup effort last April after windmills there started spewing huge amounts of oil.

“In the town of Juchitan last month, a cleanup was under way around a generator owned by Electricite de France,” Bloomberg reported in May.

 “Workers wearing goggles and masks were scrubbing off a copper-colored lubricant that dripped down from the turbine. They’d wrapped cloth around its base, to absorb further leakage, and stuffed contaminated soil and stones into plastic trash-bags.”

“The stench was terrible, like a sort of burned fuel or ammonia,” a resident told Bloomberg. “The trees were glistening with oil.”

And that’s not the only way wind turbines use petroleum. Installing a single offshore wind turbine can take 18,857 barrels of oil, which is quite a bit when you consider offshore turbine arrays can have up to 100 separate turbines. That’s not even counting lubrication oil, mind you.

“You can’t even construct or operate offshore wind turbines without oil,” Chris Warren, spokesman for the Institute for Energy Research, told The Daily Caller in an article in May 2017..

“For decades, we have been told that wind, solar, and other so-called ‘green’ sources are the future, and yet these sources remain expensive, intermittent, and unreliable despite government mandates and subsidies. Offshore wind in particular remains one of the most expensive sources of electricity that exists.”

In fact, one offshore wind farm costs $25,000 for every home it powers, The Daily Caller reported in January 2017.

“The Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative will cost $1 billion dollar to build and generate roughly 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to provide power to between 40,000 and 64,000 homes — depending on how much the wind blows over the course of the year,” the website reported.

 “The wind farm’s power could cost anywhere from $25,000 to $15,625 for every home it powers, according to Daily Caller News Foundation calculations.”

So, it’s not clean and it’s not cheap. But it makes people think that it’s clean and sustainable, which is why Americans are drawn to it.

And it’s hardly the only green technology that falls victim to this. Both solar power and lithium-ion batteries have issues regarding mining and greenhouse gas emissions, and batteries also have the added bonus of being toxic when disposed of.

The fact is that cheap power provided by fossil fuels has greatly improved the quality of lifeon this planet, particularly for the poorest among us.

 “Green” energy, meanwhile, remains impractical, expensive and more polluting than liberals think — and Al Gore definitely isn’t going to tell you about it.

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Comment by Eskutassis on August 19, 2018 at 10:22pm

What would really be exciting would be to get into the REAL output records of the wind turbines that have been installed to date. I would like to see just what the level of output of these billion dollars worth of machinery REALLY contribute to the amount of power we use.  

Comment by Sherwin Start on August 19, 2018 at 5:09pm

I Wonder if there is a MECHANISM Set up to allow INSPECTIONS by the State & Federal  Environmental  AGENCY'S to visit any or ALL OF these sites on a RANDOM Basis throughout the year ?? IN MY OPINION- THERE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD BE  INSPECTIONS With Only 24 Hour NOtice!!!

Comment by Sherwin Start on August 19, 2018 at 5:04pm

WELL SAID  THORDIKE !  THe Media is and has been hiding the REAL FActs about the environmental damage that  WIND TURBINES CAUSE! Why do u suppose that there is an ARMORED GATE Across every WInd Tower Access Road and a  PRISON  FEnce all around the TOwer Site itself? THEY are not there for just  SITE SECURITY  against unauthorized  Persons and/or people! THEY ARE THERE to keep people out that want to find out the REAL TRUTH About the Damage Done to the Environment - To Hide the secrets  that THe WIND Power developers  do not want the Public to Know about!

Comment by Dan McKay on August 19, 2018 at 8:20am

These are the indisputable facts and no matter how much taxpayer and ratepayer money is proposed by our State Representatives to be thrown to these technologies, the facts can't be denied.

Vote wisely, my friends.
Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on August 19, 2018 at 8:18am

of course not- he is laughing all the way to the bank as he has been telling his convenient lies- 

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 18, 2018 at 2:11pm

Big reason Americans think wind power is clean and sustainable: The media and environmental groups incessantly say it is. Do you think they are getting paid or somehow coerced to take this position?

The media and environmental groups are not clean and hopefully are not sustainable in their present form.

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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