What They Don’t Tell You About Industrial Wind Power…

Energy Conservation is More Effective, Affordable and Environmentally Friendly.

The massive subsidies provided to Wind Power is a wasteful use of our tax dollars. Efficiency and Conservation programs should the be the priority if significant reductions in fossil fuel use are to be achieved.

Industrial Wind Turbines Cause Real Damage.

Construction of a wind energy facility on Mars Hill, Maine. Source.
Two griffon vultures killed by turbines in Navarre, Spain. One of them has been sliced in half by the blade.

Industrial wind factories are destructive to communities and local environments. Fragile ecosystems are destroyed. Birds and bats are killed. Animal habitats are disrupted and wildlife is driven from the area. Noise and vibrations cause human health problems, including sleep problems, headaches and nervous disorders. Home values and real estate prices are reduced, with some properties becoming impossible to sell.

Wind Turbines Cause Environmental Damages:

  • Destruction of fragile ecosystems and animal habitats
    • Deforestation
    • Excavation
    • Erosion
  • Turbines kill birds and other flying animals
    • Eagles
    • Raptors
    • Hawks
    • Migrating Birds
    • Bats

Wind Turbines Cause Human Health Problems:

  • Turbine “blade thump” noise causes a health problem known as Wind Turbine Syndrome
  • Symptoms include:
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Headache
    • Ringing or buzzing in the ears
    • Dizziness
    • Vertigo
    • Nausea
    • Visual blurring
    • Rapid heart rate
    • Irritability
    • Problems with concentration and memory
    • Panic episodes associated with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering, which arise while awake or asleep

Wind Power Causes Economic Problems:

  • Homes located near wind turbines lose significant value
  • Some homes become impossible to sell and are abandoned by their owners
  • Wilderness areas lose economic value as recreational and vacation locations
  • Tourism supported businesses suffer

Supporters Say the Damage is Justified.

They say the communities that are disrupted, environments that are destroyed, and people who are made sick need to “sacrifice” for the greater good. People most severely impacted by the damages are dismissed as “NIMBYs” and accused of being selfish.

Reasons Used to Justify Damage Caused by Wind Power:

  • Dependence on foreign oil
  • Global warming
  • Clean and renewable energy
  • New “green” jobs

Are the Benefits Real? Is the Damage Worth It?

Does wind power reduce foreign oil dependence?

  • Wind turbines produce electricity, but only 1% of American electricity comes from oil.
  • Producing electricity with wind doesn’t help because electricity isn’t coming from oil.
  • Even if wind could produce all our electricity, it wouldn’t impact oil.

Industrial wind has no impact on foreign oil dependence or consumption.

Does wind power reduce carbon emissions?

  • When wind blows traditional power plants are throttled back slightly, but not shut off.
  • They are kept running to be ready when the wind slows.
  • Fuel consumption and c02 emissions continue even as wind turbines produce electricity.

Industrial wind power has no meaningful impact on carbon emissions, and zero impact in areas serviced by hydro or nuclear power.

Is wind power really clean and renewable energy?

  • Industrial wind alone cannot replace traditional methods of power generation because the wind is uncontrollable.
  • Industrial wind can only supply additional energy to the grid, it cannot supply modern reliable power.
  • Wind power provides only extra energy, it does not produce baseload electricity.

Industrial wind power is only as clean and renewable as the traditional power source it supplements.

Does wind power create “green” jobs?

  • On average 1 low-paid maintenance worker is employed for every 12-15 turbines.
  • Turbines are manufactured overseas and assembled onsite by specialized firms.

Industrial wind power creates jobs in foreign countries, but not at wind factories.

Wind power doesn’t deliver the benefits, so are the damages really justified?

Of course not.


IS THERE A BETTER WAY?
YES.

Energy Conservation is More Effective, Affordable and Environmentally Friendly than Industrial Wind Power.

 


 

Technical Problems

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Efficient Heating Systems

Upgrading a furnace or boiler from 56% to 90% efficiency in an average cold-climate house will save 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year with gas fuel, or 2.5 tons with with oil fuel. Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest […]

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Efficient Heating Systems

Upgrading a furnace or boiler from 56% to 90% efficiency in an average cold-climate house will save 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year with gas fuel, or 2.5 tons with with oil fuel. Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest […]

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Wind Power Problems

Wind Power is Technically, Economically and Environmentally Flawed. Human Health Problems Wind Turbine Syndrome is the clinical name Dr. Nina Pierpont has given to the constellation of symptoms experienced by many (not all) people who find themselves living near industrial wind turbines. Sleep disturbance Headache Tinnitus (pronounced “tin-uh-tus”: ringing or buzzing in the ears) Ear […]

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Efficient Cooling Systems

A combination of proper insulation, energy-efficient windows and doors, daylighting, shading, and ventilation will usually keep homes cool with a low amount of energy use in all but the hottest climates. Ventilation is the least expensive and most energy-efficient way to cool buildings. Ventilation works best when combined with methods to avoid heat buildup. In […]

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Environmental Problems

Wind turbines destroy ecosystems, kill birds and bats, and disturb wild animals. Photos of environmental destruction from turbine construction. Local Environmental Impacts Wind plant infrastructure creates an industrial nightmare in wild and natural settings: Construction of 70ft wide access roads Installation of new transmission lines Construction of power substations Excavations and concrete for turbine foundations […]

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Air Sealing and Insulation

Air Sealing and Insulation The most effective way to reduce a building’s heating and cooling costs is through proper insulation and air sealing techniques. In addition to making buildings more energy efficient, these techniques also make them more comfortable. Proper moisture control and ventilation strategies will improve the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation, and […]

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Energy Efficient Doors and Windows

New and replacement doors and windows Energy efficient doors and windows are an essential component of thorough insulation and air sealing. Replacing old doors and windows of existing buildings is the most complete method of lower heating and cooling costs and more efficient energy use. If you’re building a new home, you should consider buying […]

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Energy Conservation is a More Effective Solution.

Energy Conservation is the Best Option for Solving Our Environmental and Energy Challenges. Reducing the amount of electricity and oil consumed is the most effective and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions, pollution, and dependence on foreign oil. Industrial Wind Power only adds energy to the system, it does not replace the fossil fuel burned […]

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Energy Conservation is a More Effective Solution.

Energy Conservation is the Best Option for Solving Our Environmental and Energy Challenges. Reducing the amount of electricity and oil consumed is the most effective and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions, pollution, and dependence on foreign oil. Industrial Wind Power only adds energy to the system, it does not replace the fossil fuel burned […]

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Energy Efficient Doors and Windows

New and replacement doors and windows Energy efficient doors and windows are an essential component of thorough insulation and air sealing. Replacing old doors and windows of existing buildings is the most complete method of lower heating and cooling costs and more efficient energy use. If you’re building a new home, you should consider buying […]

0 comments

Air Sealing and Insulation

Air Sealing and Insulation The most effective way to reduce a building’s heating and cooling costs is through proper insulation and air sealing techniques. In addition to making buildings more energy efficient, these techniques also make them more comfortable. Proper moisture control and ventilation strategies will improve the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation, and […]

0 comments

Environmental Problems

Wind turbines destroy ecosystems, kill birds and bats, and disturb wild animals. Photos of environmental destruction from turbine construction. Local Environmental Impacts Wind plant infrastructure creates an industrial nightmare in wild and natural settings: Construction of 70ft wide access roads Installation of new transmission lines Construction of power substations Excavations and concrete for turbine foundations […]

0 comments

Efficient Cooling Systems

A combination of proper insulation, energy-efficient windows and doors, daylighting, shading, and ventilation will usually keep homes cool with a low amount of energy use in all but the hottest climates. Ventilation is the least expensive and most energy-efficient way to cool buildings. Ventilation works best when combined with methods to avoid heat buildup. In […]

0 comments

Wind Power Problems

Wind Power is Technically, Economically and Environmentally Flawed. Human Health Problems Wind Turbine Syndrome is the clinical name Dr. Nina Pierpont has given to the constellation of symptoms experienced by many (not all) people who find themselves living near industrial wind turbines. Sleep disturbance Headache Tinnitus (pronounced “tin-uh-tus”: ringing or buzzing in the ears) Ear […]

0 comments

Efficient Heating Systems

Upgrading a furnace or boiler from 56% to 90% efficiency in an average cold-climate house will save 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year with gas fuel, or 2.5 tons with with oil fuel. Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest […]

0 comments

Efficient Heating Systems

Upgrading a furnace or boiler from 56% to 90% efficiency in an average cold-climate house will save 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year with gas fuel, or 2.5 tons with with oil fuel. Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest […]

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Biomass

Biomass is plant matter such as trees, grasses, agricultural crops or other biological material. It can be used as a solid fuel, or converted into liquid or gaseous forms, for the production of electric power, heat, chemicals, or fuels. Sources of Biomass Wood The most common form of biomass is wood. Wood was the main […]

0 comments

Technical Problems

Industrial Wind Power does not reduce dependence on foreign oil Industrial wind produces only electricity. Roughly 1% of American electricity is generated through oil, less than 2.5% through petroleum-based sources. Even if 100% of our electricity could be generated by wind, it would have no material impact on foreign oil dependence. Industrial wind can never […]

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