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T. Boone Pickens Admits Windmills Are a Waste of Money

From Moonbattery:

Even in a time when people can be arrested just to placate Al Sharpton and his mob, sometimes there is justice. T. Boone Pickens, who hoped to exploit green hysteria to make a crony capitalist fortune through inefficient but politically correct windmills, has lost his shirt — or as he puts it, his a**:

Oilman T. Boone Pickens made a statement on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday that should make every green jobs advocate including Barack Obama, Al Gore, and Van Jones sit up and take notice.

“I’ve lost my a–” in wind power.

But what about the mythical “green jobs” Obama gave Van Jones $60 billion of our money to create?

“The jobs are in the oil and gas industry in the United States. I mean, that’s where it is. You have an industry that is superb in comparison of oil companies around the world. They are the best.”

Pickens continued, “They found the oil the cheapest, they found the gas the cheapest for you and all, and you have somebody saying, ‘Hey, they’re not paying their fair share, and they make too much money, they need to be taxed more.’ Hey, they’ve gone out and done exactly what you wanted. They got jobs for you, they got the oil and gas cheaper for you.”

Their thanks: to be denounced by demagogues, looted by thieves, and driven out of business by lunatic ideologues.

The objective, as revealed by prominent Democrat Maxine Waters, is to nationalize the energy sector. After that happens, we will have plenty of windmills, but when we flip the switch, the lights won’t come on.

Windmill Fail

Money up in smoke.

Labor Union Meddling in Whitley County Wind Debate

It looks like Big Labor has decided to join Wind Capital in fighting for industrial wind in Whitley County!

See the message below from WCCC.

Check it out for yourself at

http://www.windaction.org/documents/34285

This is a big enough controversy without outsiders meddling in Whitley County business.  We don’t need unions interfering in our affairs.

Please come to the Plan Commission Meeting tomorrow night.  The meeting is in the lower level of the Government Building, 220 West Van Buren.  Park in the parking lot on the north side.  The meeting starts at 7PM, but let’s get there about 6PM to get seats.

Let’s show Big Labor that we don’t need their help in making decisions for the future of Whitley County.

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Hello all –

Below is an article posted on the Industrial Wind Action website today.   It concerns Whitley County and the Plan Commission meeting coming up on Wednesday, February 15,  2012.   It appears that the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Carpenter’s Union has been encouraged to attend the Plan Commission Meeting.

We will need to be mindful to do our best to be cordial,  and make sure that our conduct and our attitude remains above reproach.

Article Title: Regional labor unions press for unsafe turbine setbacks in Indiana
Article Link: http://www.windaction.org/documents/34285

Come EARLY (6pm?) to get a seat.
And. . . don’t forget to wear BLUE !

IF WE DON’T GET SEATS  –  THAT’S OK  –
WE’LL BE MORE VISIBLE IF WE’RE STANDING

Whitley County Patriots Official Response to the “Reasonable permit” Wind Article

As many of you know, on February 1st, the Post and Mail published a front-page story that was heavily biased towards the proposed industrial wind turbine installation in Whitley County.  It portrayed the three primary benefactors of the project as “second-class citizens” who were being deprived of the use of their land.

Whitley County Patriots is opposed to industrial wind energy due to the incredible about of tax subsidies and abatements that must be poured into it to make wind energy viable.  We took offense to the blatant use of the newspaper’s resources to plaster an OPINION all over the front page, and make it look like NEWS.

This is our official response.  This article was printed on the opinion page of the Post and Mail on February 8th.

Winners and losers…

Whitley County Patriots would like to respond to the article “A reasonable permit” published as the headline story in the Post and Mail on February 1, 2012, in which three Whitley County farmers were given this newspaper’s resources to put forward their point of view supporting the proposed industrial wind turbine project in southern Whitley County.

What’s the difference between Obama giving your tax money to Solyndra and giving your tax money to Wind Capital?  One made solar panels, and one erects wind turbines.  One filed bankruptcy (Solyndra), and one company (NTR PLC., parent of Wind Capital) currently has a stock price of 0.30 Euro.  In America, we call that a “penny stock”.  I don’t know what a Euro penny is called, do you?  In America, this stock would get delisted from both NYSE and NASDAQ.

Have you heard that it is a right-wing agenda that prevents wind turbines from operating at 100%?  Republicans have been accused of killing asthmatics with pollution from coal-fired generators by keeping the wind from blowing 400 feet from ground level.  I guess Mother Nature must be a Republican.

Before government can give money to anyone, it must take money from everyone in the form of taxes.  It really doesn’t grow on trees.  When did it become the job of government to pick winners and losers?  By giving our tax money to greedy corporate farmers, government is making them winners, while making the rest of us losers.  We losers keep on emptying our pockets for the winners.  Mr. Sickafoose says that “the farmers got screwed.”  Who is really getting screwed?

These so-called “wind-farmers” already receive millions of dollars from the USDA as farm subsidies.  Why do we need to give them more money to farm wind?  It seems like they are farming more in tax subsidies than agriculture.

Wind-created electricity is the most expensive power available.  It’s a shame that the REMC can’t buy that high-priced electricity, eliminate the need for coal-fired plants, and triple the electric bills of these “Solyndras of agriculture” without also tripling the bills of us losers.  Are the “winners” going to help with the “green power” electric bills they helped to create?
Aren’t our elected Commissioners and appointed Plan Commission supposed to consider the “quality of life” impact of their decisions for the entire county, not just the special interests?  Is the Plan Commission supposed to pick the winners and losers for Whitley County?  How can they justify creating 150 winners, while creating 33,000 losers? Maybe they need to hear the voices of more potential losers.

Why is wind energy so important?  Has anyone named an economic benefit from wind energy?  Our farming friends claim it to be in the form of lease payment windfalls, tax revenue, and lower tax rates for all.  These are nothing more than the money moving from losers to winners.  Economic benefits are realized when a product is produced at a profit.  There is no economic benefit when government forces consumers to pay inflated prices to the winners.

Let’s talk about the Whitley County budget.  When you look at the 10-year numbers in the Umbaugh report, you will find that the total “windfall” from this project is actually less than 1.5% of the current county budget.  How can we say that Whitley County will collect that revenue when the “facts” that went into the report came directly from Wind Capital?  Even if we assume the numbers are good, just five new $250,000 homes each year in Jefferson Township will have a larger impact on county revenue.  It’s a crying shame that nobody builds those kinds of homes in the middle of an industrial wind installation. It’s also a shame that the falling property values in the area will destroy any hope of lowering the property tax rates for us losers.

Mr. Reiff and Mr. Trier claim that the county is “confiscating 1,500 feet” of their property from “future economic development.”   This is simply a case of a new shoe being on the winners’ feet rather than the losers.  Were this boondoggle project to be allowed to continue, the winners would lose no sleep over the casting of shadows, throwing of ice, and sweeping noise onto the property of the losers to whom they sold a home parcel a few years ago.

Government has been taking control over land and labor for years.  Now, when the winners are at the pointy end of the stick, they cry “foul”.  I haven’t heard of any farmers coming to the aid of the landlord in Ogden Dunes who was fined $40,000 for renting his single-family home to a single family.

In closing, I don’t see any difference between one who says “I’m not too proud of my county”, and one who says “I have never been proud of my country.”
So, winners and losers, what good are 16 miles of new roads that dead end at wind turbines?

Terry Smith
Whitley County Patriots

Astroturf Arrives! “Citizens for a Progressive Whitley County” Buys Newspaper Ad

A group calling themselves “Citizens for a Progressive Whitley County” have purchased an ad promoting all of the benefits of the proposed industrial wind turbine facility.

We suspect that this ad wasn’t “paid for by hundreds of concerned citizens” as it claims…anybody smell astroturf?

And, while we’re on the subject…the numbers quoted in the ad don’t add up.

  • When the effect of many people leaving an undesirable place to live, and no one moving into an industrial wind turbine facility…the schools could end up losing Federal funding which is based on student population.
  • All of the estimates of income are most likely based on the turbines operating at full capacity, and that Whitley County doesn’t have enough wind to drive these turbines at full capacity.
  • Even if Whitley County had a constant 30 mph wind speed, the energy produced isn’t always needed on the grid…remember that there can be no storage of this electricity.  It must be consumed at the time of generation.  That means that if the grid doesn’t need the power, the turbines will be OFF, generating $0.00 in revenue.
  • All of those numbers also assume that Wind Capital Group will actually PAY the property taxes instead of trying to get them cut in half.

I guess ‘progressive’ would be a good word for this “group”…Our current ‘progressive’ Administration constantly uses fuzzy math to come up with numbers that just don’t add up.  And the best they can come up with when is didn’t work is “it would have been worse”.

The US Government has blown TRILLIONS of dollars out of our economy with their fuzzy math…do we really need more fuzzy math right here in Whitley County?

I say NO.  Stop spending money on the most expensive form of energy available.

 

Report: Hidden Expenses Associated With Wind Farming Cancels Out ‘Green’ Benefits

From The Blaze:

Civitas, an independent think tank, recently published a report by British economist Ruth Lea — director of the manufacturing renewal project at Civitas and an economic adviser to the Arbuthnot Banking Group – that concludes the expense of wind farms and need for backup energy makes harvesting wind “inordinately expensive and ineffective at cutting emissions.”

According to the U.K.’s Climate Change Act, signed in 2008, greenhouse gas emission goals set a 20 percent reduction by 2020 compared to 1990 levels and an 80 percent cut by 2050. Such drastic reductions fundamentally change the way many businesses operate and require adoption of renewable energy or carbon-cutting technology. Since generation of electricity alone accounted for nearly a third of the U.K.’s CO2 emissions in 2010, according to the report, this is clearly an area where the government is seeking to make improvements.

The Telegraph reports that the U.K. plans to build as many as 32,000 wind turbines in the next two decades. This initiative is part of a goal set by EU’s Renewables Directive to have 15 percent of the energy produced in the U.K. come from renewables by 2020.

The Civitas report states that while wind power looks like a competitive option for alternative energy, additional costs associated are not being considered and may in fact negate the carbon-saving benefits:

The costing of wind-power electricity generation is clearly very complex. But one conclusion can safely be drawn and that is that wind-power is expensive – especially offshore. Under these circumstances it seems unwise to be embarking on a huge programme of investment in wind generated electricity, especially when the country is facing grave economic challenges. This analysis also ignores the perceived environmental costs of wind-power, especially onshore wind turbines.

According to the report, Lea finds that the expense of maintaining backup forms of energy for periods of unreliable wind power could mean that “energy users pay twice: once for the window-dressing of renewables, and again for the fossil fuels that the energy sector continues to rely on.”

The Telegraph reports that skeptics of this research consider evidence in the report “outdated and inaccurate.” According to The Telegraph, Dr. Gordon Edge, director of policy at the lobby group RenewableUK, said the information in the report was developed by “anti-wind cranks” and went on to explain that wind power is meant to supplement existing fossil fuels not replace it all together.

Although Edge considers the data evaluated by Lea as outdated, most of her analysis is based on the U.K.’s Department of Energy and Climate Change 2010 report on electricity generation costs of the major technologies, which includes wind turbines, nuclear, and use of traditional fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage.

UK Report Says Wind Farming Ineffective at Cutting EmissionsThis table from the Civitas report evaluates costs of different energy producing technologies in the near term.

Lea also makes note of a 2011 BBC report that states in periods of intense cold, when coal- and gas-fired power stations are relied upon the most, analysis of the weather has shown little to no wind available to generate power.

The Civitas report also points out that work published by the Dutch physicist C. le Pair in October 2011 that found even on “normal windy days” in the Netherlands use of wind turbines actually increased fossil fuel consumption and therefore increased CO2 emissions. It should be noted that this research was published on le Pair’s website and has not been peer reviewed, according to The Guardian. The Guardian states this is not to say the research should be discounted, but that it should be vetted by other experts in the field before holding to this claim.

The Huffington Post UK reports that a spokesperson for the DECC said that the department acknowledges some of the upfront costs associated with wind turbines, which it is working to reduce, but still considers wind power is still a viable source of energy now.

Plan Commission discussing wind energy at the December meeting!

Whitley County Concerned Citizens has asked for our help to show our Plan Commission that WE ARE WATCHING…

All –

We have just recently learned that wind energy will be discussed at the December Plan Commission meeting.   It was our understanding from the November meeting that the topic of wind would not be discussed again until January.  Apparently, that has changed!

The meeting will be held Wednesday, December 21st @ 7pm.    The agenda lists the location as the Whitley County Government Center, Lower Level meeting room,   220 West Van Buren St., Columbia City.

Let’s pack that room with a sea of Whitley County Concerned Citizens, wearing BLUE (and your anti-wind buttons if you have one).

While we are frustrated that they have not followed their own decision,  we are extremely thankful to have caught this information in time to gather a crowd.    Gather your friends, neighbors and family members – let’s shoot for 100 people.    Let’s let our government officials know that we are holding them accountable –  after all,  they work for us.

Come and help keep our rural countryside free of turbines –  there is strength in numbers.

Please keep in mind that Whitley County Patriots also opposes the development of industrial wind turbine installations due to the stimulus money that keeps the wind industry alive.  We must stop pouring our tax money down the ‘green energy’ hole.  Let these ‘green’ technologies stand on their own in the free market.

Please show your opposition to industrial wind turbine installations by coming to the Plan Commission meeting discussed above.

1603 Wind Subsidies are DEAD! (for now…)

This letter comes to us from Lisa Linowes, Executive Director and spokesperson for the Industrial Wind Action (IWA) Group:

Hi Everyone —

Special thanks to all of you for the fantastic response received on the letter sent to Congress. Over 1600 names were collected from 25 different states. The list of participating states is below. My contact on Capitol Hill has informed me that the letters were impacting arriving at the right time. The message was clear that regular people were watching the House and that a price would be paid if they supported any extension to the Section 1603 cash grant program.

Participating States: Arizona California Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Kansas Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New York Ohio Pennsylvania South Carolina Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin

And for the very good news … The Senate was UNABLE to attach an extension of Section 1603 or the production tax credit to the version of the payroll tax bill voted on today. The bill goes back to the House on Monday where it will almost certainly pass.  We know the House and Senate will be back at this after the new year. So we must remain vigilant.

But for now, AWEA gets a lump of coal from the American Taxpayers.

I will be back in touch in the coming weeks with information on how to approach the next round.

Thank you everyone! Have a wonderful and safe holiday. Please email if you have questions or wish to have a copy of the letter sent from your state or any of the others.

Kind regards,
–Lisa

(PS: Please share this letter with others. Thanks!)

ACTION ALERT — Eliminate Wind Subsidies!

Joan Null sent us this opportunity to help END wind subsidy 1603 grants…

WCCC has been asked by Lisa Linowes, Executive Director of Industrial Wind Action Group, to take part in a national campaign to send the letter below to Congress asking that Section 1603 grants be allowed to expire.     The 1603 grants are one of the main subsidies available to wind developers, and wind lobbyists are pushing for a 4 year extension.

If you would be willing to co-sign this letter –  just send your name and address to Lisa Linowes at llinowes@windaction.org and say “include my name on the 1603 letter”.    Please also include the name of the congressman from your district.    For Whitley County residents that is Marlin Stutzman.

IMPORTANT –  send your name and address ASAP (by Monday if possible) as they are pushing for a vote before the holidays.

Help us cut government subsidies for big wind – thanks so much!

Joan Null, WCCC


Rep. Marlin Stutzman
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative(s) Stutzman,

As residents of Indiana we urge you to vote NO on any further extensions of Section 1603 grants due to expire this year.

While the goal of Section 1603 is to increase the use of renewable energy, including utility-scale wind, the high costs and limitations of this program cannot be ignored.

High Cost: Eighty-percent of the $9.8 billion in Section 1603 cash grants went to wind energy developers. This represents a more than 10-fold increase in federal subsidies to the industry over what it received prior to the program’s adoption. As an open-ended subsidy there are insufficient safeguards for taxpayers. Since the grants are not made public until projects are placed in service, taxpayers will not know the true cost of 1603 until 2013 or later. Total outlays for wind alone could reach nearly $20 billion with no extension.

Exaggerated Job Claims: It takes only 0.1 jobs per megawatt to operate a wind facility. Of the 12.3 gigawatts installed with 1603 funds, only about 1200 permanent jobs were created. Most of the 75,000 jobs claimed by the industry are temporary construction positions. Many of the manufacturing plants/jobs cited by wind industry proponents build components for industrial uses and are not wind-specific.

No production accountability: The Treasury assumes that 1603-funded wind projects operate with a 30% capacity factor (that is, produce 30% of the projects’ potential production levels) but many projects do not meet this assumption. Five wind facilities in New York, for example, received $300 million in grants and operated 25% BELOW this level in 2010. Section 1603 imposes no performance criteria, and imposes no penalty for projects that under-perform or do not meet developers’ claims. This lack of accountability shifts performance risks to taxpayers.

Inflated Turbine Pricing: Upfront cash grants provide minimal incentive to negotiate lower prices with suppliers. In fact, the higher the capital costs the greater the 1603 grants. With turbines representing 55+% of project costs, manufacturers are encouraged to keep prices high.

There are cheaper, more effective opportunities for achieving clean energy goals that will also help the economy. Direct cash outlays go in the wrong direction by rewarding higher construction costs, higher energy pricing, and marginal to poor performance. It’s time for Section 1603 grants to expire.

Respectfully,

 

cc:

How much setback is enough for a burning wind turbine?

The wind industry routinely promotes a 1000-foot setback from homes…these pictures indicate that may not be enough…

From The Daily Mail UK:

A £2million, 100metre-tall wind turbine caught fire in hurricane-force winds at Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, Scotland, during severe weather.

Burning: The flaming debris from the wind turbines flew off into nearby fields due to the wind.

Of Windmill Pushers and Pinwheel Hats: Wind Lobby Blows Hard to Keep its Welfare Intact

From Big Government:

As a repository of reader insight adding context to or exposing flaw or omissions of a paper’s news and editorial pages, the letters section of the Wall Street Journal is typically unmatched among other outlets.

I have spent some time on the phone and in correspondence with the Letters editor to conclude he is thoughtful and on the ball, though exceptions to the page’s excellence occur. While we do not expect perfection here on earth, sometimes these exceptions are so ridiculous as to demand ridicule. Saturday’s Letters page is a case in point.

Wind’s taxpayer lifeline is expiring, and you can feel it in the air. Responding to a piece touting shale gas, a windmill enthusiast wrote to defend the honor of his beloved pinwheels against gas, a proxy for abundant, reliable (they always work, so you can actually run an economy on them…wind, well, not so much) fossil fuels:

The energy to service a wind farm is free. For gas generation you need water, steel, energy, labor, chemicals and food stocks…

If there is a point here it must be to imply that wind energy is cheaper. It is a twist on the old line spouted by “renewables” pushers, “the wind and the sun are free!”, ignoring that wind and solar power are bloody expensive.

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