'Experience overseas suggests that, apart from hydro power, renewables are unreliable, uneconomical and very unfriendly to the environment they are claimed to protect. Evidence from places investing heavily in renewables such as Denmark, Germany and California demonstrates they are intermittent power generators needing back-up from conventional energy sources.'-John Mikkelsen
The underlying problem with solar and wind is that they are too unreliable and energy-dilute. Solar and wind farms require between 400 and 750 times more land than nuclear and natural gas plants. As we approach the limits of renewables, it seems inevitable that, over time, Democratic politicians will increasingly point to nuclear energy as the centerpiece of their plans for saving the climate, not solar panels and wind turbines.
Suddenly, previously taboo questions are being heard. For example, are the emissions released in the building and installation of turbines ever really offset? Given their major impact on bird mortality and possible links to childhood leukaemia, should the spread of overhead powerlines be limited? And with an estimated 43 million tonnes by 2050 of unrecyclable blade waste, who will pay the cost of decommissioning?
A Big Surprise to the Wind Commissioner and the Wind Industry Cabal? For an expenditure of some $1 million or more of taxpayers’ funds over the last three years the Wind Commissioner has been able to keep those country Australians with serious complaints about adjacent wind farms under “control,” whilst allowing the industry to siphon … Continue reading So Wind Farms Really are Health Hazards? (World Health Organisation Report, 10 October 2018)
Except for warfare, our society does not tolerate machinery that damages the public. In the case of wind projects the non-impacted public has been led to believe that harm done by wind projects is not real and therefore needs no correction. The Minister for Energy, Angus Taylor, is focussed on energy costs. Those matters are discussed in our post: Dealing with Excessive Power Costs. It was noted when Taylor took on the Ministry, that health matters deriving from wind turbines would not be the Minister’s responsibility. This is a pity.