George Smith: Bring on the Wind Power in Maine

From the article:

"We must reduce carbon production generated by transportation — it is five times more than the carbon produced by electric production. Some predict that in 25 years we’ll all be driving electric cars."

He also goes on to write: 

"Maine has the highest per capita consumption of petroleum in New England and our economy is very consumptive. We must encourage low-carbon energy sources — not natural gas. Yes, bring on the wood, wind, water and sunshine". 

Read Smith's piece here:

http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/03/22/george-smith-maine-could-and...

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So George, if transportation is the "culprit" (notice that's in quotes) and transportation uses petroleum -- do you honestly see wind powering electric cars, presumably eliminating gasoline? Do you really think that if we went to all electric cars we'd be relying on such an expensive and bogus electricity source as wind?

But we're glad to see you finally acknowledging the reality that electricity production in Maine is a non-factor in terms of CO2 emissions, something we reported on years ago at this website:

5/27/14 - "Maine Environmental Groups Ignore CO2"

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/turbine-turnpike-hypocr...

and

1/20/15 - EPA's Bad News for Maine Wind Industry: Maine's CO2 Emissions from Electricity Production Less Than 1/3 the National Average

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/epa-s-bad-news-for-wind...

and

12/24/16 - NEW from the EIA: Electricity a Virtual Non-Factor in Maine's CO2 Emissions

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/new-from-the-eia-electr...

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Comment by Whetstone_Willy on March 22, 2017 at 3:38pm

If you read this article carefully, I believe what Smith is doing is:

1. Owning up to the fact that electricity production accounts for very little of Maine's CO2 production. (The number is actually only 8.9% meaning that if we ever got wind to the point where it was producing 25% of Maine's electricity output, you'd multiply 8.9% x 25% and realize that wind would only lower the dreaded CO2 gas by less than 2%. What a joke. Moreover, there are so many factors that would make it yet lower such as the inefficiency of natural gas generators ramping up and down to infill for the erratic skitter of wind - to say nothing of the fact grid scale electricity can't be stored, making an undispatchable source such as wind useless.

2. So recognizing that wind as CO2 savior is nothing but a bald faced whopper many have been telling for years (while taking all kinds of money from the wind developers), he talks of the inevitability of electric cars in 25 years and suggests that wind would be the fuel source for such a gargantuan changeover. Tell you what George, go change the laws of thermodynamics and then come back to talk to us after you've gotten that one nailed. All electric cars in 25 years is complete bull and such a fleet powered by wind will break any thinking person's Bull-o-meter.

3. But like any good politician, he kicks it 25 years down the road, by which time he'll be on to some other new nonsense and nobody will remember the bogus predictions he talked about in 2017. Only the uninformed would accept his 25 year prediction. And so long as the media constantly shills for wind power in Maine, many people will simply be in the dark - exactly where they'd be if we had to depend on wind.

 

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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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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/

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