Windmills are Another Big Eco-Boondoggle

If you have patronized an art-supply store in the last couple of years you may have seen something strange – pads of drawing paper with a photo of a modern windmill on the cover. No, not a portrait or a sketch of flowers or a drawing of an old Dutch windmill but an actual photograph of a modern windmill.

In fact the paper itself is called ‘Windpower’ and you think, “Who the heck calls drawing paper ‘windpower’ anyway?”

Then you may have seen picture frames for sale in the same store. And the frame company usually puts generic pictures in the frames, like a smiling child or a peaceful sunset. But guess what the pictures are in some of these frames?

Wow, whaddya know… windmills.

Friends, this is the latest tactic of the enviro movement to implant its agenda in our minds. Because now you are seeing these windmill images everywhere, like in advertisements for a car that drives past some windmills, or even in post office cancellation marks on envelopes. And you see windmills constantly promoted in the Liberal Media along with solar panels and all the other energy sources that are enriching ‘green’ entrepreneurs like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. whose company in 2011 got $1.4 BILLION in a government loan guarantee.

Gee, if wind power is so great why does Kennedy need this guarantee? Aren’t windmills a slam-dunk energy source that are going to power us into the future?

Nope. Wind power and solar power are totally fake. They are so inefficient, ineffective and expensive that they cannot survive without big government subsidies and endless cheerleading in the media.

Here is a concrete fact: ‘Green’ energy does not work. Period. End of story. It actually consumes more energy than it produces. The ‘green’ fanatics never tell you about the real facts and figures, that these windmills, for instance, require huge amounts of energy to manufacture, erect, maintain and operate in relation to the amount of electricity that they generate. That they have high and expensive rates of failure because they are out in the weather and have many harsh natural forces affecting their operations like strong winds, wind shears, rain, ice, dust, hail and snow. These forces do not affect standard power plants.

Windmills are killing birds worldwide by the millions, including rare birds. Windmills are extremely costly in both time and labor in their repair and maintenance by factors of hundreds or thousands compared to, say, a nuclear plant. Windmills scattered along the mountaintops require miles of extra electrical cable to hook each one up to the electricity grid down in the valleys where people live, with new power line corridors needing to be slashed into the forest, and towers erected to carry the cables. New roads need to be built going up the mountains so that technicians can get to the windmills for maintenance and repair.

This all requires much more energy, capital, labor and resources (like copper for the cables) per kilowatt generated than a nuclear plant. This is why windmills need big subsidies. And don’t forget that windmills themselves are a blight on the landscape. Meanwhile many people have reported being sickened by windmills; their constant rotation sets up sounds, vibrations, shadows and reflections that some people are adversely affected by. Imagine your lights flickering on and off every second; that is what the effect of windmills is like for some people living near them.

All of this sure doesn’t sound very ecological and it isn’t. Another major economic point: Windmills rob our energy supply by siphoning off limited investment capital and producing small amounts of power in return.

But wait. There’s much worse. Here’s a critical fact to remember about all ‘green energy’ and it is the most crucial one of all – windmills contravene the most fundamental law of economics called Economies of Scale, which means that big things like a 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant are efficient at producing electricity. If you break that down into hundreds or thousands of individual generating units like 1-megawatt windmills, however, then that is extremely INefficient. This is the economic rationale behind the fact that most of us shop at a supermarket instead of a mom-and-pop store down on the corner – because big supermarkets are efficient at acquiring and distributing food, taking advantage of Economies of Scale. This alone is a reason to halt all windmill power.

Windmills are just another part of the alarmist ‘global warming’ movement that is intended to frighten us away from reliable energy like oil, coal, gas and nuclear and move us to unreliable ‘green’ energy. This is happening as this ‘green’ agenda conveniently enriches some of the people who make and promote windmills and solar panels. Meanwhile ‘green’ companies are collapsing left and right under their own inefficiency, like Solyndra did.

In fact the real wind power agenda is not at all favorable to nature; it is to carpet rural America and the rural world with millions of huge windmills, essentially destroying the wilderness that the ecologists claim to love. This has already happened in many places.

The windmill photos on the drawing pads and in the picture frames are just one of the many ways that the enviro movement is shoving its agenda down our throats. The company that makes the drawing pads – Strathmore – was surely in on this. The Strathmore CEO perhaps is a wealthy Democrat or environmentalist, or the Strathmore decision makers are liberals or were being pressured by environmentalists who work relentlessly to get their message out through aggressive tactics.

This is just one of the many ways that the enviro movement manipulates public opinion through any avenue that it can. Unfortunately for the enviros opposition to wind power even among environmentalists themselves is growing. Even the Dutch have ditched their ocean-based windmills after reality set in. in 2011 reported:

When the Netherlands built its first sea-based wind turbines in 2006, they were seen as symbols of a greener future.

Towering over the waves of the North Sea like an army of giants, blades whipping through the wind, the turbines were the country's best hope to curb carbon emissions and meet growing demand for electricity.

The 36 turbines — each one the height of a 30-storey building — produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 100,000 households each year.

But five years later the green future looks a long way off. Faced with the need to cut its budget deficit, the Dutch government says offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour — some 4.5 billion euros last year.

The government now plans to transfer the financial burden to households and industrial consumers in order to secure the funds for wind power and try to attract private sector investment. (end of excerpt)

OK, first look at how they say that each windmill will produce enough power for “100,000 households each year”. This is never proven; this is just a theoretical number that the environmentalists put out for public consumption, a figure that they have arrived at on paper. Yet if these windmills are being torn down because they are so inefficient, then how are they each providing power for “100,000 households”?

Good question. In fact windmills effectively produce no power at all once you really delve into their economics. Here is an analogy: Windmills are like taking a sailing ship to Europe instead of flying. Sure you eventually will get there, but only after weeks of trying, demonstrating that the wind produces virtually no usable power for modern applications.

Meanwhile the Dutch windmills were installed offshore after opposition to land-based turbines. But, reported (with italics added for emphasis):

Offshore (windmills) produce more electricity than onshore ones but it costs twice as much as onshore wind power due to the higher cost of materials, more expensive drilling methods, and more complex maintenance.

Wind turbines in the sea need to be more robust to withstand strong winds and salt water; their maintenance some miles away from the coast requires special equipment and transportation.

Drilling the seabed is more expensive as it requires a specialized workforce and equipment. Then there's the additional cost of connecting the offshore farms to the grid. (end of excerpt)

So don’t let the ecologists talk you into offshore windmills. They are an even bigger boondoggle than land-based turbines. Even the liberals in Massachusetts USA have been fighting for years against a proposed installation of windmills in the ocean off of Cape Cod.

In Britain meanwhile, Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, criticized windmills as reported in

In a withering assault on the onshore wind turbine industry, the Duke said the (windmills) were “a disgrace”.

He also criticised the industry’s reliance on subsidies from electricity customers, claimed wind farms would “never work” and accused people who support them of believing in a “fairy tale”.

The Duke’s comments will be seized upon by the burgeoning lobby who say wind farms are ruining the countryside and forcing up energy bills. (end of excerpt)

Modern wind power someday will be remembered as something that man experimented with around the turn of the millennium but then rejected.  The windmills will eventually all be torn down and their steel and copper will be melted down and re-used somewhere else. Only their concrete footings will remain for future archeologists to ponder and to wonder how mankind could have been so stupid.

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