Recent Energy and Environmental News – January 2012

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John Droz JrBy John Droz, Jr. ~

Friends:

“The Dark Side of Green Energy” is a superb assessment   http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/12/05/terence-corcoran-the-dark-side-of-green-energy/

Two additional suggestions from readers for alternatives to the “wind farms” term:

1) Subsidy Farms

2) VIPERs (Vertical Industrial Polluting Electrical Rackets).

More reports about greed energy economics:

A MUST read “Why the Wind Industry is full of hot air..”    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/12/20/fossil-fuel-industry-big-business-cashing-in-big-on-renewable-subsidies/print#ixzz1h7yPkV00

“Electricity Costs – the Folly of Wind Power” by Civitas Institute:   http://www.civitas.org.uk/economy/electricitycosts2012.pdf

“Making Sense of Levelized Costs” is a good discussion of a very important matter   http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/2011/12/22/making-sense-of-levelized-costs/

“Defining Green Jobs for the Colorblind “   http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2011/12/20/definining-green-jobs-for-the-colorblind/

More reports about turbine health matters:

In Australia, the State Government of New South Wales has issued proposed new tougher wind siting rules   http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3397280.htm

“Wind Turbines and Proximity to Homes: The Impact of Wind Turbine Noise on Health”  http://www.windvigilance.com/about-adverse-health-effects/resource-centre

Here is a short (too short) video showing a bit how infrasound works   http://science.discovery.com/videos/dark-matters-sound-of-death.html

This video is longer, but interviews residents near a wind project about their health experiences   http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=71DxuicwCXw

Miscellaneous energy reports:

A MUST read “No Time To Abandon Energy Density” is written by an engineer, and is remarkably on target   http://www.ingenia.org.uk/ingenia/articles.aspx?index=740

This book was recommended and I’m passing it on as it applies here: “The Tyranny of Good Intentions”   http://www.amazon.com/Tyranny-Good-Intentions-Prosecutors-Constitution/dp/0307396061/

“Nothing is Sustainable” is an excellent discussion of a new buzzword   http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/12/22/nothing-is-sustainable/

“A Sustainable Depression” is a good commentary on the economics of wind and renewables   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/6/a-sustainable-depression/?page=all#pagebreak

Why Renewable Energy Hype is Just That   http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2011/12/27/why-the-hype-surrounding-renewable-energy-is-just-that/

“Wind Farms Blasted” (note the key comment about science):   http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3425246

Wind Project projected Capacity Factors are grossly exaggerated   http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2012/wind-turbine-output-a-lie-vermont-ny/

An interesting story about a company in the wind energy business, and how their marketing claims appear to have diverged sharply from reality   http://www.wbjournal.com/news50523.html

“Why Do Environmentalists Support the Destruction and Pollution Caused by Wind Energy“   http://tomremington.com/2012/01/09/6557/

“Will the Winds of Change Finally Blow These Eye Sores Away?”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2084204/Will-winds-change-finally-blow-eye-sores-away.html

A small ray of hope for NYS citizens about Article X   http://palltimes.com/articles/2012/01/05/news/doc4f0267cf8a6d7268564001.txt

The NYS Attorney general is putting on a push for towns to have higher ethical standards (which would greatly help with the wind energy matter)   http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/AG-presses-town-ethics-2411236.php#ixzz1gyiJk1O1

A new generation of nuclear power plant (this one by Westinghouse) was just approved by the NRC. This is a major regulatory hurdle cleared.   http://www.dowjones.de/site/2011/12/nrc-approves-westinghouse-ap1000-nuclear-reactor-design.html

I’m a fan of geothermal energy. Here is a page of information, with two good (short) videos on EGS   http://www.google.org/egs/

A good article about shale gas — which is necessitated by wind energy   http://www.energytribune.com/articles.cfm/9497/A-Shale-Fuelled-Economic-Miracle-for-2012   It comes down to the same issue: all of our technical policies should be thoroughly scientifically vetted.

A good behind-the-scenes discussion of the Solyndra debacle   http://bangordailynews.com/2011/12/26/politics/solyndra-politics-infused-obama-energy-programs/

Some recent global warming articles of interest —

The fact that the EPA is considering expanding their “authority” is an absurd power grab that cries out for a strong pushback http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/19/epa-ponders-expanded-regulatory-power-in-name-sustainable-development/?test=latestnews

“Unified Theory of Climate” could have important implications   http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/12/29/unified-theory-of-climate/

“Questioning Climate for Policymakers” is a good review of the global warming situation   http://www.trevoole.co.uk/Questioning_Climate/Climate_Facts_for_Policymakers.pdf

Here is a good, simple perspective on global warming   http://keithburgess-jackson.typepad.com/blog/2011/12/the-great-climate-hoax-2.html

“Global Warming – a Modern Day Myth”   http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/6220264/Global-warming-a-modern-day-myth

“The World’s Slowest Learners”   http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2011/12/31/the-worlds-slowest-learners/

“What Financial Meltdowns tell us about the IPCC”   http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2012/01/05/what-financial-meltdowns-teach-us-about-the-ipcc/

The truth about sea level rise, from an expert   http://www.spectator.co.uk/essays/7438683/rising-credulity.thtml

Some other recent articles of general interest —

“Americans Stumble on Math of Big Issues”   http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203471004577144632919979666.html

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Thank you for your support.

John Droz, Jr.

Physicist and Environmental Advocate

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