Recent Energy and Environmental News

Posted on Mon 02/14/2011 by


John Droz JrBy John Droz, Jr.

This is the current issue of my informal, free collection of recent electrical energy-related developments. Since citizens are daily inundated with material coming out on this topic, I am trying to present a digest summary of the most pertinent applicable information. My bias is for articles that are: scientific, independent, informative, constructive, and/or well-written. (I would STRONGLY recommend that you SAVE these emails, as you might need links to some good articles in the future.)
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What this translates to is that the policy statement of any true environmental organization should be the following:
1)  We believe that we have environmental and energy issues, and
2)  We believe that these matters should be resolved by applying the Scientific Method.
The Scientific Method consists of a comprehensive, objective, independent, transparent and empirical-based assessment. Anything less would amount to promoting a political policy rather than a science oriented one. Citizens should insist on nothing less from organizations they belong to.

We are in the process (finally) of coming up with an international PR campaign. We have a few key people who are now on a team to craft a plan. We would like to add a European person plus a Down Under individual — so please contact me with the name of a volunteer with PR experience, ASAP.
For US citizens this is extremely important to contact their House Representative. In one fell swoop the US wind industry could be crippled. Is that worth making a phone call or sending an email??? <<>>.
Talking points: a fine discussion of the section 1603 tax breaks given wind energy, and why they are a waste <<>>.
Also related: “The Corporate Welfare Bar” says it all about wind energy
More on economics: how many years before wind power will break even? We have no idea, says high level government official <<>>.
“Holland Shuns Wind for Nuclear” is a sign of things to come: <<>>.
Welcome news: “Ontario Rules Out Offshore Wind Projects” until more Scientific work is done <<>>. By FAR the most important part of this is their reason: that there is not adequate Science to support offshore wind! Once they have acknowledged this, it is a very small step to say the same for onshore wind.
This is a really good article about Greenwash that puts our energy challenges into proper perspective <<>>.
Beware: The current Obama energy plan is worse that Cap & Trade
Here is an update report of worldwide wind turbines accidents: very well done <<>>.
Testimony about the acoustics of wind turbines at the ongoing Canadian trial <<>>.
Another good science-based assessment of turbine related noise <<>>. Also see the very good Dean report released last year <<>>.
A new study about concerns for EMFs (which happen with wind turbines) <<>>.
Another good report on the adverse impacts of wind turbines on home values, by appraiser Mike McCann
Our education system is dropping like a rock. Here is another example, where a school district endorsed a “training” session paid by AWEA <<>>. That such indoctrination is supported is beyond the pale.
A welcome improvement: The American Bird Conservancy now publicly admits that prior guesses of turbine related bird mortality is likely to have been significantly underestimated <<>>.
A new English blog site about wind energy that has a slew of original wind related cartoons <<>>.
A likely sign of things to come “Bribes for communities to Accept Wind power”
“Jobs vs Rural Way of Life Debated at Wind Hearing” (Wisconsin): <<>>.
This is a test to see how many people are actually reading these items. If you would like me to continue with this newsletter, send me a simple email saying so. If a majority does not reply in the affirmative, this will probably be the last one.
More evidence of the health impacts resulting from the sleep impacts of wind turbines
Parts of Australia now have turbine setback requirements of 6000 feet <<>>.
A comprehensive argument against the pie-in-the-sky advocacy of “sustainability” <<>.
A good commentary about the importance of preserving open spaces
The Putting Some Balance To It Department —
A really good piece outlining what is happening to governments, world wide
This is an interesting attempt to mediate the global warming dispute
Yet another study by scientists that casts doubt on the global warming hypothesis <<>>.
An interesting graph seeming to show that as temperature collecting stations were closed down, the average temperature reported went up
A superior slide presentation by David Archibald regarding global warming
Another good quote from Ronald Reagan —
No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

John Droz, Jr.
Physicist and Environmental Advocate
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