April 30, 2012
For decades they have been touted by green warriors and global warming believers as the lynch pin of their brave new utopian future. Now it seems that something is truly rotten in the state of Denmark, or the great state of Texas in this case.
After years of searching, it appears that scientists have finally identified an actual cause of climate change… wind farms.
Critics have previously cited industrial wind turbine farms as a massive blot on the landscape, as well as accusing them of causing environmental and economic damage. Reports of bird and bat mortality, local deforestation, as well as negative effects on peat bogs in the UK – have all been cited in relation to the operation of wind turbines. Economic concerns include homes located near wind turbines losing significant value with some homes being impossible to sell and abandoned by their owners. Above all of this, the fact still remains that wind farms, like solar farms, cannot produce any significant amount of power required to feed the minimum base-load to electrify a small city.
Supporters and green lobbyists for the wind industry claim that these damages are justified in order to move society off of fossil fuels. Despite their sketchy green credentials, industrial wind farms have still been awarded generous subsidies from governments in North America and Europe.
But all these drawbacks pale in comparison to the latest bombshell to hit this once-celebrated symbol of Al Gore and the IPCC’s new green revolution. Now it’s official: wind turbine farms cause real climate change.
London Telegraph reported yesterday:
“Usually at night the air closer to the ground becomes colder when the sun goes down and the earth cools.
But on huge wind farms the motion of the turbines mixes the air higher in the atmosphere that is warmer, pushing up the overall temperature.
Satellite data over a large area in Texas, that is now covered by four of the world’s largest wind farms, found that over a decade the local temperature went up by almost 1C as more turbines are built.
This could have long term effects on wildlife living in the immediate areas of larger wind farms.
It could also affect regional weather patterns as warmer areas affect the formation of cloud and even wind speeds.”
There you have it. Global warming collectivists, backed by activist scientists have pushed hard for the last two decades, have breached academic ethics, routinely rigged temperature data, and even perverted the trusted pier review process – all in the drive to promote the idea of anthropogenic ‘climate change’ caused by man’s CO2 contribution to the earth’s atmosphere.
No other green technology has racked up such a poor record in terms of environmental damage and the huge sums of public money spent on it as wind farms.
According to a government study commissioned in 1998, by the Norwegian Ministry of Energy on wind power in Denmark, it was concluded that turbine farms have “serious environmental effects, insufficient production, and high production costs.”
The study continues: “Denmark (population 5.3 million) has over 6,000 turbines that produced electricity equal to 19% of what the country used in 2002. Yet no conventional power plant has been shut down. Because of the intermittency and variability of the wind, conventional power plants must be kept running at full capacity to meet the actual demand for electricity. Most cannot simply be turned on and off as the wind dies and rises, and the quick ramping up and down of those that can be would actually increase their output of pollution and carbon dioxide (the primary “greenhouse” gas). So when the wind is blowing just right for the turbines, the power they generate is usually a surplus and sold to other countries at an extremely discounted price, or the turbines are simply shut off.”
Wind energy was also envisioned by warmists as a central plank in their new global Carbon Trading scheme backed by Wall Street and City of London financiers hoping to cash in on a new fictional trillion dollar global market. Unlike most real markets, the carbon market was created by banks and governments so that new investment opportunities could seamlessly dovetail with specific government policies.
Its failure has been pushed along by the 201o collapse of Al Gore’s Chicago Climate Exchange - the fantasy casino based on the IPCC’s pure science fiction.
The global warming and climate change mythology continues to spiral down into irrelevancy – much like a toilet bowl.