Robert Bryce: Wind Turbines Are Climate-Change Scarecrows

Wind Turbines Are Climate-Change Scarecrows



Using wind alone to stop the growth in carbon dioxide emissions would require us to cover about 1,000 square kilometers with wind turbines — a land area about 17 times the size of Manhattan Island — and we would have to do so every day. Given the ongoing backlash against the wind industry that is already underway here in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia, the silliness of such a proposal is obvious.

Over the past few years, the U.S. and other countries have been subsidizing the paving of vast areas of the countryside with 500-foot-high bird- and bat-killing whirligigs that are nothing more than climate talismans. Wind turbines are not going to stop changes in the earth’s climate. Instead, they are token gestures — giant steel scarecrows — that are deceiving the public into thinking that we as a society are doing something to avert the possibility of catastrophic climate change.

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Comment by Penny Gray on November 7, 2015 at 5:58pm

Excellent.  All of Robert Bryce's articles are.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 7, 2015 at 2:14pm

Government, is but a necessary evil, one that is only needed to protect people from the harms caused by other people. If we were all to do the correct things towards others and our lands to sustain that which it provides for continued living of all, including nature itself, Government would serve no purpose. However we as a species will never do so, when there is an elevation of existence above another to be had. We are in fact our own worst enemies as a species.

Government is not suppose to be a PARTY.

In that any free government is only a structure developed to serve the society of the "citizen collective" that forms it, supports it, and defends it as a Republic, though allowed to be changed through a democratic process through its citizens, democracy itself if not done with caution  will allow for corruption to penetrate and destroy the protections it is meant to provide.

When we allow a non Conscious entity having no conscience of morality to hold a voice of influence within the halls of a "Peoples" government we have turned over the reigns of governance to the will of the 1% or less of the population of this nation and to others from foreign nations in control of these entities that reside in our nation. Corporations are NOT people........ And money is not a VOICE.... Neither belongs in the halls of a "People's" government and should only be allowed to act as the People request or allow.

Responsibilities toward each other as corporations has in the past been little to nil.......... as they cut throat one another, thieving from each other, and all the other dirty tricks they may do. They hold no respect for each other, why should we think they will for the 99% of the rest of us? They view each of us as disposable, replaceable, and often prove it when they devour their own corporate leaders when the time suits them.

At this point in time, our government has become their mercenaries to keep us in check, slowly removing our rights through their use of a court recognized personhood and our democratic process which they perceive to be exclusive unto them. Ever wielding their threats of economic doom should we not comply by providing them with an ability to profit for the lowest cost to them.

This is no PARTY, nor should there be any divide when it comes to the needs which are most common to all. A sustainable, free, safe, quality existence.

Comment by Mike DiCenso on November 27, 2013 at 9:50pm

I am a registered Democrat too but the party is asleep at the wheel on windsprawl. Do they not care that millions of wind turbines still won't make a bit of difference? Or that China is choking their people with pollution while producing wind turbines towers and components for the world market? More industrialization cannot improve a situation it originally caused.

Comment by Martha Thacker on November 27, 2013 at 11:22am

When our lawmakers pass legislation that is good for everybody without weighing the costs of (1) will this help me get reelected (2) is this good for everybody?(including birds bats and nature) (3) does my party subscribe to this way of thinking?...then and only then will WE have a society that is fair and just..


As a democrat I have been appalled at my party's stand on wind energy...and also thrilled at the republican opposition. Maybe we need a third party.


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


(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 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?" 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.”

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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."

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