Wind

Good climate news that won’t make the NZ Herald

Remember that we are supposedly in a ‘death spiral’ of ever increasing severity of storms and climate events, that will eventually lead to our doom unless we DO something.

Usually that something is paying increased taxes, because taxing something stops it, right?

Unfortunately the facts and reality aren’t fitting the narrative…the ‘death spiral’ isn’t and the ever increasing numbers of severe storms’ haven’t happened either.

The U.S. lucked out again this year, as large-scale weather catastrophes ? including devastating and deadly hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires ? were few and far between.

Not since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast in 2012 has a single natural disaster cost the U.S. tens of billions in damage, according to a report released today by CoreLogic. Sandy cost the U.S. about $70 billion. ?? Read more »

Bird mincing wind turbines are now killing umpteen bats

I hate wind farms, they are unsightly, make a huge noise, kill migrating birds and use huge quantities of rare earth metals making them not green at all…on top of that they are dreadfully inefficient and only work with huge government subsidies.

To cap all that off, they are also now killing bats.

Endangered bats are being killed by wind turbine blades because the air currents are similar to those near tall trees, a study shows.

It?s feared the legally protected mammals are dying while hunting insects that are attracted by the heat generated by the spinning blades.

Thousands of bats have been killed by wind turbines causing a population decline that could cost the farming industry billions each year.

The nocturnal creatures are welcomed by farmers across the world as they eat large numbers of insects that usually damage crops. ? Read more »

Windpower sucks cash too

Windmills were abandoned in England over the late 1800s as the world progressed and developed better technologies, most windmills have been cleverly converted into the sort of homes you see on Grand Designs.

I wonder what they are going to do with all the obsolete bird slaughtering windmills when the taxpaying public finally put a halt to the massive subsidies the renewal industries receive.

Ironically the nasty stuff that is used to manufacture these noise polluting monstrosities are so toxic it means they will have to shipped for disassembly to a place with questionable labour standards.

Windflow Technology has posted a $2.8 million half-year loss.

This is almost 50 per cent higher than the previous half-year loss of $1.9m. ? Read more »

I feel sick just watching

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The Bollocks of Wind Power

David Farrar just loves wind power…he thinks the awful pylons and turbines blotting the landscape, howling up excessive noise and smashing birds to a pulp is cool.

There are many faults, fallacies, and failures with wind power, ones the advocates refuse to discuss:

The claim: Wind Power is free.

Wind power is not free. All natural energy resources such as coal, wind and sun appear ?free? ? no one has to incur costs to create them. But turning a ?free? resource into usable electricity costs money for collecting, generating and distributing that energy. To consumers and tax payers, the real cost of wind power is very high, no matter how well it is hidden by politicians.

The claim: Wind power is reliable.

Wind power is not reliable. No one can make the wind blow when the energy is needed ? in fact, wind farms produce, on average, less than 30% of their nameplate capacity, often at times of lower demand.? Read more »

Green Taliban’s windmill fails

The UK is being carpeted with windmills, promoted by the Green Taliban but with the cash being trousered by rich toffs (which is what with happening with all of the loony Green schemes).

Well there is one less of these monstrosities in the UK today.

The ?250,000 tower, which stood as tall as a six storey building, was hit by gale force gusts of 50mph.

The structure then collapsed at a farm in Bradworth, Devon, leaving a “mangled wreck”.

Margaret Coles, Chairwoman of Bradworthy District Council, said hail storms and strong winds have hit the area and the turbine, installed just three years ago, simply could not withstand the wind.

“The bolts on the base could not withstand the wind and as we are a very windy part of the country they [the energy company] have egg on their face,” she said. “There are concerns about safety.”

The Bradworthy Parish Council, who opposed the turbine, expressed concern that there was ?nothing exceptional? in the speed of the winds.

Installed by renewable energy company Dulas it was supposed to have a life expectancy of 25 years.

How long before Meridian’s bird-blenders start falling on the locals around here?

Sucking not Blowing

Apparently severe gales are expected in Wellington overnight. Maori are claiming?the?wind, send the bill for any damage to them.

Gale force winds are expected to batter Wellington and the Wairarapa from this evening.

MetService has issued a severe weather warning ahead of the northwest blast.

Severe gale gusts of 120 kmh are expected in exposed parts of Wellington and Wairarapa tonight and early Sunday morning.

Winds of that strength may damage trees and powerlines, and make driving hazardous.

MetService duty forecaster Ian Gall said the wind in Wellington would rise steadily this afternoon.

“We’ve had quite a blustery start to spring. This bout of wind should be pretty similar to what we’ve seen in recent weeks.”

 

Give Maori the Wind

Buried deep in a report about John Key’s current visit to the Chathams?is this telling paragraph:

“Two wind turbines were installed on the island in 2010, but they have failed to reduce the cost of electricity, which was mostly diesel-powered and around four times the price of power on the mainland.”

Now you would think that this would be a perfect and controlled test of the usefulness of wind turbines.

The Chathams are windier than the Beehive during question time.? It is a controlled environment, with all costs known before and after the introduction of the turbines.

The turbines were built for the specific purpose of reducing power costs for the island.

They were installed with a Govt subsidy of $2.16 million.

And?they are a failure.

Google pops up well over a hundred references to this splendid project & not one of them – as far as I can detect – reveals that the wind turbines are an expensive flop.

So here’s the deal, we’ll do a swap – Maori can have the wind, all of ?NZ will keep the water.

The Air we breathe will be next

As predicted Ngaphui are trying on brownmail over the wind…the air we breathe will be next along with the rays of the sun for solar power:

Ngaphui have formally lodged a claim at the Waitangi Tribunal for commercial use of the wind.

Spokesperson David Rankin says the tribe is making a pre-emptive move before any wind farms are set up in Northland.

He says the wind can be classified as a protected ‘taonga’ ? or treasure ? and Maori should have a say in how it is used in commercial power generation.

“Like fish in the 1980s, and water more recently, wind will become a property right and its commercial use will be a tradable commodity,” says Mr Rankin.

He says non-commercial use of the wind will not be affected, and that any criticism of the claim is “flatulence”.

Last week?Mr Rankin told Firstline?that Maori had claim to the wind under Article 2 of the Treaty of Waitangi.

“Everything is rolling on because of the privatisation of our power companies? When there’s a commercial value placed on the wind, then we have to question who owns it.

“We can actually prove we’ve had a connection with wind since the beginning of time.”

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