Reading this article will make your head spin:
Solar Flare Ups
A fight over the future of clean energy is pitting environmentalists against one another.
True or false: California's plan to generate massive amounts of clean, sustainable solar power is a win for everyone—liberal or conservative, environmentalist or business executive.
Answer: True ... but only in principle.
In practice, the state's new solar gold rush is generating far more conflict than current. At issue is not whether we should green the grid, but how to do so: Should we build massive solar-powered generating plants deep in the Mojave Desert on ecologically sensitive public lands to take advantage of some of the most sun-drenched landscapes on earth? Or would it be just as effective, with less impact on the environment, to deploy thousands of smaller solar arrays closer to civilization—on abandoned farms, urban "brownfields," and rooftops?
When environmentalists clash with giant utilities on such questions, no one is surprised. But what is surprising is how much this issue is pitting environmentalists against each other.
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Great comment posted there:
One of the reasons that the utilities won't commit to only using the transmission lines for renewable energy only is that they would have to reveal the deeply held secret... that they generate very little and since they are intermittent in nature, need a lot of "back up" power from conventional sources. In essence, the utilities need the same amount in back up or spinning reserve as installed capacity. This is a DUPLICATION of energy that we the rate and tax payers have to pay along with bankrolling their transmission lines! The bottom line is that "we the people" are getting fleeced for this useless energy, that because of its unpredictability cannot be used as base load, cannot be called on upon demand. Note that the developers always only state their installed capacity, not how much they generate and the times of generation. Wind power is most notable for this. For instance, all the windmills [close to 600 MW]in the San Gorgonio Pass only generate an average of 100-/+ MW per year, of which 6 MW are generated at peak need time and the rest, 61% off peak and 33 MW mid peak. the wind is only good enough for them to generate 14-20% of installed capacity. To put this in context, Edison uses over 13,000 MW per year. And this will do what to enhance our power supply? For years we have been fed their propaganda and misleading information that is never checked by the news media for accuracy. I have yet to see any reporter ask them for their production records. I managed to obtain 15 years of these records from Edison that backs up my assertions as well as I live here, where I can see when they work and mostly don't. The only green transmission has been the $'s from the tax and rate payers into theirs! Anyone interested in obtaining these records can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.orgThe young lady who wrote that is the one who's been trying to get me some info on that Palm Springs wind
To continue that discussion....apparently there was a widely-disseminated WSJ article on bird-blenders, aka wind turbines, only a couple of months ago:
On Aug. 13, ExxonMobil pleaded guilty in federal court to killing 85 birds that had come into contact with crude oil or other pollutants in uncovered tanks or waste-water facilities on its properties. The birds were protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which dates back to 1918. The company agreed to pay $600,000 in fines and fees.
ExxonMobil is hardly alone in running afoul of this law. Over the past two decades, federal officials have brought hundreds of similar cases against energy companies. In July, for example, the Oregon-based electric utility PacifiCorp paid $1.4 million in fines and restitution for killing 232 eagles in Wyoming over the past two years. The birds were electrocuted by poorly-designed power lines.
Yet there is one group of energy producers that are not being prosecuted for killing birds: wind-power companies. And wind-powered turbines are killing a vast number of birds every year.
A July 2008 study of the wind farm at Altamont Pass, Calif., estimated that its turbines kill an average of 80 golden eagles per year. The study, funded by the Alameda County Community Development Agency, also estimated that about 10,000 birds—nearly all protected by the migratory bird act—are being whacked every year at Altamont.
I've also discovered, that the windmill blades are very toxic, they catch fire quite often emitting said toxins, and that firemen/maintenance can't really do anything to extinguish them. In fact the composition of these blades is so toxic....look how they have to be produced:
Real organic....real green, huh?
And I also learned, from this video, that the blades are so toxic, they cannot be *recycled* in any way shape or form. At the current course of proliferation, we're looking at a future mountains of hazardous scrap metal from this eco-pagan initiative.
That source also profiles a family living in proximity to the Palm Springs wind
Summing it up, we have:
Fire hazards, toxic waste, bird genocide, no economics,....
Oh yeah, and wind turbines are hideous to look at.
Our government is doing so many things, so profoundly wrong at the moment - I submit it all but guarantees imminent financial collapse.