June 15th has been declared by wind energy rent-takers as “Global Wind Day”. This is just another orchestrated media event designed to distract taxpayers, electricity consumers and wind turbine victims from the follies of wind energy.

The only people celebrating will be turbine owners getting subsidies, propped-up prices and guaranteed markets; lucky landowners getting rich on compensation; and green zealots promoting a UN Agenda.

But neighbours of turbines driven mad by the noise of the thumping blades are not celebrating; neither are the birds and bats being sliced by the spinning sickles; nor nearby property owners who see their property values slashed; nor true environmentalists concerned to see the destruction and uglification of their landscapes and hilltops with a spider-web of turbines, transmission lines and access roads; nor electricity consumers facing expensive and increasingly unreliable power supplies.

Future generations will look back in wonder at a whole generation of westerners whose mis-directed religious zeal wasted billions of dollars to create industrial and environmental destruction, while insisting without evidence that it would create a cooler climate.

Those who sow the wind will reap the whirl-wind.

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snorkler
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snorkler

Another great article ,Viv. But even here, you are mostly preaching to the converted.One needs to get these stories out to the ignorant masses, probably on Facebook etc. There are so many ignorant misinformed idiots there, it’s mind boggling !

Bargeass
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Bargeass

I think future generations in Australia of Muslims wont care, they have the only plan that is slowly working and they don’t give a damn about the environment!

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Wind turbines upsets the Earth’s magnets in the region .. studies have shown that a significant increase in infertility of invertebrates and a significant depletion of saprophytic soil microorganisms resulting in poorer soil fertility …

Windmills are deadly things indeed …

Minkers
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Minkers

Amen, Viv.

debowen
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debowen

If “private”enterprise paid for and maintained these eyesores, like nuclea energy, there would be none. The same goes for solar power, remove the subsidy and whala, nor panels. Oh well the government has to spend taxpayers money somewhere of no value or they would balance the budget. Not in the best interests of the money lenders.

Libertarian
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Libertarian

Speaking of wind, the Pope is due to come out today with a pronouncement of the evil of humans, causing global warming and the destruction of mankind.

The silly old goat should stick to his knitting and focus on the evil of paedophile priests

BillBates2
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BillBates2

Monuments to socialist stupidity and ignorance.

Doggone
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Doggone

I read somewhere last week that in its whole working life (of about 20 years) a wind turbine will NEVER even generate the amount of electricity that was consumed in the process of making it. HOW CRAZY IS THAT? (He was a scientist but I don’t know his name). And we laugh at the way sheep all follow one another.

alio
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alio

It seems to me that whatever we do in Australia now, regarding carbon emission, we’ll now fulfil the carbon emissions quota, whatever it is. Those carbon emitting manufacturing factories that made Australia strong and prosperous are all closing down or will be closing down soon. Factories that make cars, steel, aluminium, pumps, engines, etc., etc., are going, going gone. We are living on borrowed time and money. Wake up Australia! We are going down the drain quicker than we think. This anthropogenic global warming scam will be shown, hopefully soon, to be greatest scam since the advocacy of the world… Read more »

Dynamite
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Dynamite

Too late. Virtually everyone has been sucked in to Wind as one of the “renewables”. Then Solar as No. 2.

projob
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projob

These bloody windmills make such a mess of the landscape. I wonder how that sits with the Green’s environmental philosophies.

kwilley50
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kwilley50

I would have to ask how that would happen Tman? I am no fan of solar energy replacing conventional coal fires or nuclear powered generation of base load electricity but having had some experience with solar energy I fail to see how a solar panel could cause that confligration on a home roof. If you have something that I don’t know I would appreciated you telling me about it..

Brendo
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Brendo

All the renewable energy crap drives me up the wall..

alio
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alio

Michael Mackey: If wind turbines were competitive why does the government need to subsidise these machines in the tune of $billions each year. Take that lifeline away, then see if they really competitive.

alio
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alio

Wonder why?

COST!!!
RELIABILTY!!!
CONTINUITY OF POWER!!! for a start.

alio
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alio

I’m a retired professional mechanical engineer, I’m certainly willing to learn more.

Please enlighten me on how this country can continue to prosper with a reliable cost-effective generation of power on a 24/7 basis.
Both coal-fired and nuclear-fired power stations rely on the same steam technology as that of the Titanic. The main difference is the use of steam turbines in lieu reciprocating triple expansion engines.

AdamLad
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AdamLad

Squawk … squawk … Mackey is the cuckoo … cuckoo Mackey … sccccrreeeeccchh

NoosaDuck
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NoosaDuck

These things are bloody great…watcha onabout…..Just ask the Germans they will tell you how great wind turbine power generation is…Arghhhhhhh!

Shotgun
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Shotgun

Michael see if you can find someone who has wind turbines near their property and ask them if you can live there for a week. Unless you like walking around with earphones on all the time listening to music the noise they make will get to you.

Shotgun
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Shotgun

Exactly right Tman and when coal is no longer being mined we will be having power outages hence we have bought a big generator which will run the whole house. Wind and solar have been no good up this way this week with the rain, fog and lack of wind.

Phantom999
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Phantom999

Officially it is 19 years on October 1st this year, but some accounts vary.

ThePragmatist
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ThePragmatist

Having walked up the base of a wind turbine at Mt Millar on Eyre Peninsular in public viewing area, I was amazed at the noise and the speed of the 30 metre long blades.

aggie
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aggie

Wind energy is “Back up” to coal, as is Solar.
Sort of like “Mother Thumb and her 4 daughters, when the Missus is away.”
We will always need a “Base Generator”

RudolphHucker
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RudolphHucker

I’m not sure I agree, I’ve seen figures for a turbine in England that was/is incredibly efficient. As for the uglification, they probably said the same about the original wind mills and a plethora of other (now) iconic structures.

AFT
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AFT

Thanks Viv great article. I hope our politicians are taking note!

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Coal is re-cycled back to timber … a gloriously natural process

Forget bloody socialist windmills !
(unless you live on a sailing boat)

STJOHNOFGRAFTON
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STJOHNOFGRAFTON

Viv, excellent post. Sounds like these moonbats have been eating a lot of baked beans lately.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Coal is re-cycled back to timber … a gloriously natural process

alio
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alio

WIND FARMS LINKED TO TEMPERATURE INCREASE By Science Online’s Stuart Gary, staff Posted April 30, 2012 11:32 Air turbulence from giant turbines causes air temperatures to rise around wind farms, scientists say. Researchers including Associate Professor Liming Zhou from the State University of New York examined conditions around 2,358 turbines at four Texas wind farms. Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Professor Zhou and colleagues reported a temperature increase of up to 0.72 degrees Celsius per decade at wind farm locations, compared to nearby areas. They also found the effect to be greater at night than during the day.… Read more »

igiveup
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igiveup

Hate to say it but you are up against the Pope now. I suppose it’s not all bad at lease they admit Global Warming is a religion.

@screwedtenancy
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@screwedtenancy

Good article as usual Viv. How about an analysis of how much energy is generated by a windmill, compared to the energy required to make it ? Including the smelting of the steel required, the fuel used for the access roads, etc. all the inputs. And also allow for de-commissioning and returning the landscape to original, once the service life of the wind mill is used up. No one seems to factor in decommissioning after useful service life. Hence the forests of dis-used windmills all over the place. A real eye sore.

Begeezus
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Begeezus

Does Russia have wind power turbines? Or any form of carbon dioxide abatement programs? Just wondering.

whitecane
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whitecane

Jesus product lifecycle has lasted 2000 years. Do you really think the climate religion will go away?

While I am at it, Melbourne’s 3AW yesterday interviewed a windfarm landlord about how wonderful they were.

Having regard to 3AW’s ownership, and Ross’ long term left relationships, are we seeing the politicisation of breakfast radio?

walleroo
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walleroo

As always, Viv, another common sense article. Thank you.