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8/31/2013
The main thing being produced by UK offshore Wind Farms - RUST....and CO2
The main thing being produced by UK offshore Wind Farms - RUST....and CO2
 
Excerpted from the article:  
 
A source close to the matter comments:

“When UK Wind Farms started going offshore, much of the same mast technology (and where and how it is attached to the base) that was used on land, was just scaled up for the bigger ones out at sea.  The sea and spray has already proved considerably more corrosive than was anticipated, which will either lead to massive additional maintenance costs, or a much shorter life for these offshore wind farms.  In either case, it will do no good at all to the viable economics of generating electricity from offshore wind farms.”

Metal experts are giving evidence to the latest piece of arbitration about offshore in London this week. This is what I have been able to dig up thus far about the case: corrosion protection is always the last step during a turbine production process. The early versions for the North Sea are woefully under-protected (thanks to Sir Humphrey) and the second wave was skimped – thanks to the EU: with the dash to get our renewable numbers up, pressure was, it seems, applied to the paint process to make up for lost time.

At that time, the Environment Secretary was none other than….Ed Miliband. As it happens, I actually attended the key Commons debate with partners in crime Anna Raccoon and Old Holborn. Mr Miliband told the media at the time that “opposition to wind farms is socially unacceptable” – another bit of classic New Labour pc assertion.

The Secretary of State concerned today, badger-gassing Owen Paterson, is in no doubt at all about inland viability. He told Farmer’s Weekly last year that such developments don’t work because “there is no wind there”. Owen didn’t get where he is today without knowing a flaw when he sees one.
“I don’t personally think that inland wind farms are effective at reducing carbon,” he continued, “I don’t even think they are effective at producing energy.".............

Read the entire article at:  http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/exclusive-the-main-thing-being-produced-by-uk-offshore-wind-farms-rust-and-co2/
8/30/2013
APOV: 'Chasing after the wind' a net loser
As we witness another Wyoming County town being turned into an industrial wind factory, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors has informed us that "Wyoming Co. has ‘little choice’ but to waive NY’s property tax cap." (Story, Aug. 14.)

This confirms what state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli pointed out in a May 2, 2012, news article: Giving multi-billion dollar corporations Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes agreements (PILOTs), "effectively shifts the burden of taxation onto local residents and small businesses."


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Mr. DiNapoli was exactly right. Invenergy and their ilk are smiling all the way to the bank, while the rest of us get to pick up their share of the tab.

If that wasn’t bad enough, state Comptroller DiNapoli also pointed out that these multi-millions of dollars in "tax breaks have not been effective in creating jobs."

No new jobs. Higher property taxes. No sense of community due to the "Hurray me — tough luck for you" mentality evident in the wind debacle. Is it any wonder many people are leaving New York state?

When one of the Big Wind salesmen was overheard to say in a local restaurant in Wyoming County years ago, "We’re going to get rich off of these hicks," they were right. Big Wind is getting richer, while we are all getting poorer — thanks to the help they’ve received from elected officials at every level who are selling out our towns and their residents from within.

Perhaps it’s time citizens demanded their local officials first pass a math and reading comprehension test before being allowed to run for office. "Public servants" in charge of spending our money first need to know how to morally and competently run a successful business — which means knowing how to balance the books without having to sell the entire town out for what amounts to a complete fraud!

The Reality of New York Wind
Consider the readily available information we’ve been sharing for years:

The actual output (capacity factor) of New York state’s 16 wind factories in 2012 was 23.5 percent. Any other piece of equipment that had such an abysmal performance record would have been dubbed a lemon and relegated to the trash heap a long time ago.

Consider the fact that one single 450 MW gas-fired combined cycle generating unit located near New York City (where the power is needed in NYS), operating at only a 60 percent capacity factor, could have supplied more electricity than all of NYS’s wind factories combined — at approximately 1/4 of the capital cost of the wind factories, and without the added costs of transmission lines to NYC.

Furthermore, that ONE single 450 MW gas-fired combined cycle generating unit would have significantly reduced CO2 emissions and created far more permanent jobs in New York State -- WITHOUT all the civil discord, environmental degradation, negative human health impacts, massive bird and bat mortality caused by these giant "Bird Cuisinarts," and the property value losses that sprawling wind factories create - both at the ‘wind farm’ sites, and due to all the added transmission lines that must be added to NYC.

Wind’s unreliable, diffuse energy provides no modern power — period. As William Tucker explained in his essay, "Understanding E = mc2":

"The release of energy from splitting a uranium atom turns out to be 2 million times greater than breaking the carbon-hydrogen bond in coal, oil or wood. Compared to all the forms of energy ever employed by humanity, nuclear power is off the scale. Wind has less than 1/10th the energy density of wood, wood half the density of coal and coal half the density of octane. Altogether they differ by a factor of about 50. Nuclear has 2 million times the energy density of gasoline ... Our energy future largely depends on grasping the significance of this differential."

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If our state and local "representatives" goal is to chase more people and businesses out of New York state by:

1. destroying the natural beauty and wildlife of rural NYS;

2. ignoring the health, safety and welfare of area citizens;

3 devaluing NYS citizens’ most expensive life investments — their homes; and

4. "skyrocketing" our tax and electricity rates ...

Pursuing the "green" energy boondoggle of wind power is a sure means to that end. Consider your mission accomplished. Such a senseless, crying shame!

As wise old Solomon told us in Ecclesiastes, "Surely this also is vanity and chasing after the wind."

Mary Kay Barton lives at Silver Lake.


8/29/2013
The devil went down to Orangeville
The Devil Went Down to Orangeville, by Cathi Orr - Clear Skies Over Orangeville

"The Devil went down to Orangeville. He was looking for souls to steal ... He was in a bind because he was way behind and he was willing to make a deal ..."

He came upon the Orangeville politicians and they were willing to sell their town for personal financial gain ... and so the backroom deal started with several Town Board members, Planning and Zoning Board officials, friends and families. The Devil knew of the oaths of public office ... to protect health, safety and welfare of the taxpaying landowners of Orangeville ... so a Devil’s Deal would be made all the sweeter if he could get these public officials to turn their backs on their oaths of public office ... and on the very people who trusted them with their vote. And a Devil’s Deal was struck ... very sweet indeed.

Congratulations to Councilman Tom Schabloski whose personal real estate is now home to several 43-story-tall industrial-scale wind turbines........
Read the entire article
8/27/2013
Buffalo News: Could Ohio’s Lake Erie windmills renew effort here? - See more at: http://citizenpowerallianceblog.blogspot.com/#sthash.OklEKRIZ.dpuf

Buffalo News: Could Ohio’s Lake Erie windmills renew effort here?

An environmental riddle is brewing off the shores of Lake Erie, and its answer is blowing in the wind.The planned launch of a wind turbine demonstration project seven miles off of Cleveland’s lakeshore in Ohio – the first of its kind on the Great Lakes – has politicians, developers and labor there on board. That’s a totally different vibe from what took place in Buffalo Niagara in 2009 and 2010, when the New York Power Authority gauged...
8/23/2013
“Chasing After the Wind” A Net LOSER for Wyoming County, and ALL American Taxpayers & Ratepayers
8/25/13 Warsaw Penny Saver - Page 6/7:  


“Chasing After the Wind” A Net LOSER for Wyoming County,
and ALL American Taxpayers & Ratepayers

As we witness another Wyoming County Town (Orangeville) being turned into an industrial wind factory, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors has informed us that "Wyoming Co. has 'little choice' but to waive NY's property tax cap.

This confirms what NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli pointed out in a May 2, 2012 news article:  Giving Multi-Billion dollar corporations Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes agreements (PILOTs), "effectively shifts the burden of taxation onto local residents and small businesses." (See more at: http://tinyurl.com/d6t2aps)

Mr. DiNapoli was exactly right. Invenergy and their ilk are smiling all the way to the bank, while the rest of us get to pick up their share of the tab. 

If that wasn’t bad enough, NYS Comptroller DiNapoli also pointed out that these Millions of Dollars in “tax breaks have NOT been effective in creating jobs.”

No new jobs. Higher property taxes. No sense of community due to the “Hurray me – Tough luck for you” mentality evident in the wind debacle.  Is it any wonder many people are leaving New York State? 

When one of the Big Wind salesmen was overheard to say in a local restaurant in Wyoming County years ago, "We're going to get rich off of these hicks," they were right.  Big Wind is getting richer, while we are all getting poorer - thanks to the help they've received from elected officials at every level who are selling out our Towns and their residents from within.

Perhaps it’s time citizens demanded their local officials first pass a math and reading comprehension test before being allowed to run for office.  "Public servants" in charge of spending OUR money first need to know how to morally and competently run a successful business - which means knowing how to balance the books without having to sell the entire Town out for what amounts to a complete FRAUD! 

The REALITY of New York Wind

Consider the readily available information we've been sharing for years:
 
The actual output (Capacity Factor) of NY’s 16 wind factories in 2012 was 23.5%.  Any other piece of equipment that had such an abysmal performance record would have been dubbed a LEMON and relegated to the trash heap a long time ago.

Consider the fact that ONE single 450 MW gas-fired combined cycle generating unit located near New York City (where the power is needed in NYS), operating at only a 60% capacity factor, could have supplied more electricity than all of NYS's wind factories combined - at approximately 1/4 of the capital cost of the wind factories, and WITHOUT the added costs of transmission lines to NYC.
 
Furthermore, that ONE single 450 MW gas-fired combined cycle generating unit would have significantly reduced CO2 emissions and created far more permanent jobs in New York State –

WITHOUT all the civil discord, environmental degradation, negative human health impacts, massive bird and bat mortality, and the property value losses that sprawling wind factories create - both at the 'wind farm' sites, and due to all the added transmission lines that must be added to New York City.

Wind's unreliable, diffuse energy provides NO modern power - period.  As William Tucker explains in his essay, Understanding E = mc2:

 Wind has less than 1/10th the energy density of wood, wood half the density of coal and coal half the density of octane. Altogether they differ by a factor of about 50.  Nuclear has 2 million times the energy density of gasoline.... Our energy future largely depends on grasping the significance of this differential."
(See more at:  http://tinyurl.com/lr4lprb , www.WiseEnergy.org/ , and www.EnergyPresentation.org/)

If our state and local “representatives” goal is to chase more people and businesses out of New York State by: 

1.)
destroying the natural beauty and wildlife of rural New York State;
2.) ignoring the health, safety and welfare of area citizens;
3.) devaluing NYS citizens' most expensive life investments - their homes; and
4.) "skyrocketing" our tax and electricity rates.......

Pursuing the ‘green’ energy boondoggle of wind power is a sure means to that end.  

         Consider your mission accomplished. Such a senseless, crying shame!

As wise old Solomon told us in Ecclesiastes,
“Surely this also is vanity and chasing after the wind.”

Mary Kay Barton

Mary Kay is a life-long NYS resident, small business owner, retired Health Educator,  
Friend & Supporter of the citizens of ‘Clear Skies Over Orangeville’
Don't believe claims about wind power
Here is the link to an article posted at the Erie Times today.  I have pasted my original entire submission below, as it includes links, and important point about the added costs of transmission lines that were edited out.http://www.goerie.com/article/20130823/OPINION08/308239986/Guest-Voice%3A-Don%27t-believe-claims-about-wind-power

Guest Voice: Don't believe claims about wind power

Chasing after the wind a costly, futile effort

Matt Walker made many claims about problems caused by "fracking," and benefits he believes are inherent with "renewables," in his 8/12/13 opinion piece,
"Erie should focus on clean energy," while not providing a shred of evidence to back up any of his claims.  While it is true that there are problems that come along with the development of any energy source, wind is no exception.  And while it may come as a surprise to those in the Alarmist camps, the fact is that there is a direct correlation between improved health and longevity in the United States, and the availability of reliable, affordable power here in the U.S. (ie: coal, natural gas, nuclear and hydro). 

Let’s consider the results to date of the $Billions of dollars that taxpayers and ratepayers have been forced to fork over to Mr. Walker's’ favored “wind power” sector.

First of all, people need to realize that it is the same big, "bad" oil, coal, gas and nuclear corporations who own industrial wind factories (many of whom have not paid any taxes in the U.S. in years) - ie: GE, BP, FPL, AES, E.On, Iberdrola, etc.  Initiated by ENRON in the U.S., industrial wind is most useful to these giant corporations as a tax shelter generator.

Because wind is NOT reliable, predictable, or dispatchable, it provides virtually NO Capacity Value, or firm capacity (specified amounts of power on demand).  Thus, wind needs constant "shadow capacity" from our reliable, conventional power sources, and can NOT replace conventional generators. With approximately 200,000 industrial wind turbines installed worldwide today, wind has NOT significantly reduced CO2 emissions - anywhere.  Rounded to nearest whole number, the total worldwide electric generation from wind today is ZERO!  That's right - ZERO! 

Consider New York State’s experience with wind to date. 

I live in Wyoming County of Western New York State - not far from Erie. There are already 250 industrial wind turbines sprawling throughout entire towns here, with another 59 going up this summer.  Contrary to Mr. Walker's claims, NO meaningful permanent jobs have been created here, and nobody is getting free, or reduced rate electricity either. In fact, quite the opposite is true.  New York State has been cited as having the most expensive utility rates in the continental U.S.

Much of what used to be one of the most beautiful areas in New York, has been turned into a sprawling industrial wind factory.  Many of my friends’ homes have been rendered virtually worthless.  Let's be real - Would you buy and move your family into a home with 430+ foot-tall towers and their 7-ton blades spinning overhead - only hundreds of feet from your home???  I have yet to meet anyone who would. 

And what have we gotten for all this environmental and civic degradation?

NY's 16 installed wind factories produced an average 23% Capacity Factor (actual output) in 2012.  Which one of you would buy a car that only operated 23% of the time? You wouldn't. You couldn't afford to.  It's that simple.  Any other piece of equipment that had such an abysmal performance record would have been dubbed a LEMON and relegated to the trash heap a long time ago.

Consider the fact that ONE single 450 MW gas-fired combined cycle generating unit located near New York City (where the power is needed in New York State), operating at only a 60% capacity factor, could have supplied more electricity than all of New York State's 16 installed "wind farms" combined. AND, that ONE single 450 MW gas-fired combined cycle generating unit would significantly reduced CO2 emissions -- with only about 1/4 of the capital cost of the wind factories -- 
WITHOUT the unwarranted civic and environmental degradation, negative human health impacts, massive bird and bat mortality caused by these giant "Bird Cuisinarts," and the property value losses that sprawling wind factories create - both at the "wind farm" sites, and due to all the added transmission lines that must be added to NYC. 

Furthermore, that ONE gas-fired plant would actually create REAL, full-time jobs -- unlike the "wind farms," which have been figured to cost $11.45 Million per job created, and as a result, cost over 4 jobs lost elsewhere in the economy.

If that's not enough proof for you, now consider the fact that offshore wind has been estimated to cost 3x - 4x more than onshore wind.
If you want to chase people, businesses, and industries out of Pennsylvania by defacing the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and "skyrocketing" your electricity rates, pursuing the ‘green’ energy boondoggle of wind power is a sure means to that end. 

People need to educate themselves about these energy issues if we hope to maintain reliable, affordable power for all Americans.  We need
sound scientific, economic, and environmental energy policies based on facts, not fear

A good place to start is by reading "
The Wind Farm Scam," by Dr. John Etherington (http://www.amazon.com/Wind-Farm-Scam-Independent-Minds/dp/1905299834), and by visiting the science-based website, Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions at 
www.WiseEnergy.org/

Mary Kay Barton
 
Mary Kay Barton is a retired health educator, a small business owner in New York State, and a tireless advocate for scientifically sound, affordable, and reliable electricity for ALL Americans.  She has served over the past decade in local Water Quality organizations and enjoys gardening and birding in her National Wildlife Federation “Backyard Wildlife Habitat.”
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