Recent Energy and Environmental News – Febuary 2012

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John Droz JrBy John Droz, Jr. ~

Friends:

“Why I Turned Against ‘Green’ Windpower”  http://www.masterresource.org/2012/01/turned-against-windpower

More reports about greed energy economics:

“Electricity Costs – The Folly of Wind power” http://www.civitas.org.uk/economy/electricitycosts2012.pdf

A superior three part series about the economic (and otherwise) foolishness of wind and solar http://www.aei.org/policy/energy-and-the-environment/alternative-energy/

A good commentary about the foolishness of wind subsidies http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/maritanoon/2012/02/05/toppling_tax_dollars_for_turbines/page/full/

“We need wind subsidies like we need VHS subsidies” is on the mark  http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/02/we-need-wind-subsidies-like-we-need-vhs-subsidies/

Taxpayers take a hit subsidizing renewables  http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/01/26/layoffs-bankruptcies-epidemic-gov’t-subsidies-industry-aka-renewables

A wonderful, must read article about wind energy  http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/01/20/against-the-wind-the-pursuit-of-clean-energy-has-relegated-ordinary-people-to-the-status-of-collateral-damage/

Redefining green jobs  http://bangordailynews.com/2012/01/24/opinion/contributors/time-to-redefine-green-jobs-in-community-context/

Over 100 British lawmakers formally object to wind energy  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9061997/101-Tories-revolt-over-wind-farms.html  Here is there letter (of course it actually applies even more to offshore, which is far more expensive) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/9061554/Full-letter-from-MPs-to-David-Cameron-on-wind-power-subsidies.html

India To End a Tax Break for Wind Energy  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-17/india-may-end-tax-break-for-wind-farms-this-year-official-says.html

Bonneville Power agrees to pay wind developers for electricity not received  http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/02/bonneville_power_administratio_3.html

If Germany goes through with their foolish plan to phase out nuclear energy, this independent report concludes that it will cost them over Two Trillion dollars  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/17/us-siemens-energy-idUSTRE80G10920120117  Speaking of nuclear, please read this three part series (written by high school students!)  http://www.gonuclear.net/blog/01062012-1042pm/lifting-veil-nuclear-paranoia-part-3

More reports about turbine health matters:

Superior article about the origins of turbine setbacks  http://www.masterresource.org/2012/01/wind-ordinance-offset-debate/

A good film with Dr. McMurty re turbine health consequences   http://www.windtaskforce.org/video/video/show?id=4401701%3AVideo%3A35891&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_video

Miscellaneous energy reports:

A massive critique of Germany’s failing energy policies by a PhD insider   http://www.eike-klima-energie.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/Bilder_Dateien/Keil_Energiewende_gescheitert/2012_01_09_EIKE_Germa_energy_turnaround_english.pdf

The largest manufacturer of Wind turbines  in the World, the Danish company, Vestas reports on massive layoffs   http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-12/vestas-to-cut-2-335-jobs-worldwide-more-at-risk-in-u-s-this-year.html

“Could Nuclear Power Solve Global Warming: the Affirmative Case” is an interesting technical paper in a peer-reviewed journal http://bravenewclimate.com/2012/01/14/nuclear-solve-greenhouse/

This was written to supplement another good paper (different author) “Could Renewables Solve Global Warming: the Negative Case” http://www.notechmagazine.com/2011/05/can-renewables-power-consumer-societies.html

“Charles Manson Energy Butchery” (about turbine wildlife kills)   http://www.masterresource.org/2012/01/killer-energy-wind/

“Environmental Radicals: Go Home”   http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/kathryn-marshall/joe-oliver-letter_b_1195805.html   This is an interesting dustup where a government official is taking on environmentalists   http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media-room/news-release/2012/1/3520

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture speaks out against wind energy   http://www.ofa.on.ca/uploads/userfiles/files/ofa%20position%20statement%20on%20industrial%20wind%20turbines.pdf

A fine article about an Australian wind project   http://papundits.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/wind-power-australia-the-musselroe-wind-farm-travesty-in-tasmania/

“EPA’s Sustainability Gambit “   http://dddusmma.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/epas-sustainability-gambit/

Three good new reviews about WindFall, including one by Roger Ebert   http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120201/REVIEWS/120209994,   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/j-michael-welton/windfall-documentary-laura-israel_b_1246824.html  and  http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-02-01/film/windfall-film-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+articles%2Ffilm+%28Village+Voice+Film%29

A good article about ABC’s position on turbine bird kills   http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/110202.html

America is getting close to energy independence, and it has nothing to do with wind energy  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-07/americans-gaining-energy-independence-with-u-s-as-top-producer.html

“Offshore turbines ‘will pose a threat to nuclear subs fleet’”   http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/offshore_turbines_will_pose_a_threat_to_nuclear_subs_fleet_1_2099457

Some recent global warming articles of interest —

“How Green Zealots Are Destroying the Planet”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096277/Global-warming-James-Delingpole-claims-green-zealots-destroying-planet.html

Germany’s top environmentalist turns skeptic is a significant development. See   http://thegwpf.org/best-of-blogs/4867-germanys-top-environmentalist-turns-climate-sceptic.html   and  http://tinyurl.com/76nc5wn

“Global Warming? No Natural Predictable Change”   http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/01/10/global-warming-no-natural-predictable-climate-change/

“How To Think Seriously About The Planet “   http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/green-philosophy-how-to-think-seriously-about-the-planet-by-roger-scruton-6288591.html?printService=print

Some superior testimony from experts about AGW  http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=612

Global Warming — here is the take by 16 scientists   http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577171531838421366.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

Please pass this information on to other open-minded, science-oriented people.

Thank you for your support.

John Droz, Jr.

Physicist and Environmental Advocate

Fellow: American Tradition Institute (http://www.atinstitute.org)