Wind Energy Gets

Another Bad Mark

Energy produced by offshore wind farms — deemed ugly by the former “Lion of the Senate” and surprisingly among the most expensive of power sources — just got another stain to its reputation.

The late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, opposed the construction of a proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm. Although he was a steadfast environmentalist and approved it in principle, he was opposed the esthetics.

Kennedy reportedly didn’t want the appearance of 130 wind turbines to obstruct his view from the family’s Hyannis Port compound overlooking the sound.

A new concern is their effect on food production. Just as the federal ethanol mandate reportedly increases the price of corn and corn-fed beef, offshore wind farms could send the cost of seafood skyrocketing.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 29, 2017 at 8:51am

If you remember, assuming your age allows, under communism in Russia, they received an equal standard of living whether they produced or not within any sector of the economy of the nation.

So they equally stood on the bread lines or other lines for food when the farmers found no incentive to produce other than meeting their quota of the minimum level.

Many inventions to improve the world by easing the workload came from the incentive to prosper by utilizing free thought and creativity, though Edison was a thief of others creativity and used a liberal court system to stake his claim of ownership of those Ideas. 

Many Ideas have been quashed by corporations when improvements were in direct competition and made near impossible to challenge in court by the inventor.  I.E. 90Mpg carburetors back in the 1980's could have been had.

Subsidies also reward the failure and competitive successes when excesses are produced, as in Farming as well. Subsidized when there are hard times, Subsidized when times are good and prices drop due to excess. 

 

  

Comment by Eskutassis on December 29, 2017 at 8:16am

WOW! 

I just found the best quote I have heard in years about business and especially the wind and green energy movement. It is the quote that separates Capitalists and Marxists.

"Companies kept afloat through subsidies lack any incentive to improve efficiency and lower costs. Subsidies, after all, reward failure; free markets reward success."

I believe it is the mantra we should be using daily in our comments. Just look back on 40 years of subsidies to wind, solar and electric vehicles and see what a pittance of impact they make to our overall wellbeing and economy. 

Comment by Long Islander on December 28, 2017 at 8:45pm

And yet another bad mark:

Green activists withdraw adverts which falsely claim price of wind farm energy has fallen by 50 per cent

http://www.windaction.org/posts/47673-green-activists-withdraw-adve...

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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