One of the incessantly repeated lies spread by the wind industry is that wind power will get the United States off of foreign oil and if we just let them put their several thousand turbines up in the Maine countryside, it will keep our troops out of harm's way. The press shamefully keeps repeating this lie despite the fact that we have many times explained to them precisely why this is simply not true.
The reality is that wind power has nothing to do with oil consumption in Maine as:
- we essentially do not use any oil in Maine (or the U.S. overall) to generate electricity
- we use oil, not electricity to drive
- we use oil to heat and have very little electric heating
- if we were going to one day try and use electricity to heat and drive, a move that would cause massive increase in electricity consumption, we would not use wind power given its high cost
The Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting tried to clear this up. Yet the press simply continues to repeat this lie, although they are fully aware it is not true.
Excerpted from "Wind-swept task force set the rules" by Naomi Schalit of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting (August 11, 2010):
Baldacci’s executive order establishing the task force stated that, “Maine energy policy seeks to promote the development and use of renewable energy sources to help reduce Maine’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.”
The dominant fuel used to generate electricity in Maine is an imported fossil fuel – natural gas from Canada. And wind power could make a small dent in how much natural gas Maine uses for electricity generation.
But Baldacci’s statement about dependence on imported fossil fuels – and many others he made both before and subsequently, including one reference to the “tyranny of foreign oil,” one reference to the need to “free ourselves from foreign oil” and two references to Maine’s “dependency on oil” in his final State of the State address – implicitly tied wind energy production to the goal of reducing the use of foreign oil, with its volatile prices as well as its documented contribution to climate change.
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.
“Maine uses very little oil to produce electricity,” says Mark Isaacson, a dam owner, a founding member of the industry group Independent Energy Producers of Maine and an active player in the restructuring of Maine’s electric utility industry.
John Kerry, the governor’s energy czar and a member of the task force, acknowledges that oil is used to fuel vehicles and to warm Maine buildings.
“Today we don’t use electricity to run our cars or heat our homes,” said Kerry in a recent interview.
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?
What will weaken our country is the continued manipulation of our government by the "“vampire squids wrapped around the face of humanity”, a phrase recenly used to decribe a global investment banking and securities firm, but also quite descriptive of the wind industry.
What will weaken our country is the continued dereliction of duty and desertion of the truth by the press.
God bless our troops and show them more respect than to use them to line your pockets.