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"Renewable energy (hydropower, for example) can have horrendous impacts on fish and wildlife. But I can think of no proposed project more devastating to fish, wildlife, and the local economy than plunking a wind farm in the middle of Nantucket Sound."

—Ted Williams, Audubon Magazine (May 5, 2004).

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Canadian engineer Kent Hawkins' analysis, Integrating Renewables: Have Policymakers Faced the Realities, published by the United States Association for Energy Economics, lays bare the reality about industrial wind technology, showing particularly that the vastly subsidized costs, which are substantially more than any form of conventional generation, provice no capacity value, the most desired service for grids that seek to generate reliable, affordable, secure electricity. Moreover, it can offset little, if any, CO2 emissions and cannot significantly reduce the consumption of any conventional fuel, particularly fossil fuels, absent increases in nuclear or hydro production.


The impact of wind generated electricity on fossil fuel consumption.
By C. le Pair & K. de Groot

C. le Pair and Kees de Groot, two Dutch engineers, have examined the impact of wind generation on fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This is their latest findings.


Wind Energy: The Case of Denmark, by Hugh Sharman and Henrik Meyer


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Why Wind Won't Work


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The Wind Technology Scam


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Cost and Quantity of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Avoided by
Wind Generation

By Peter Lang

Peter Lang is an Australian engineer who provides in this paper a withering analysis of wind technology's ability to offset carbon emissions.



Link to Article Calculating Wind Power's Environmental Benefits
By Tom Hewson

Energy expert Tom Hewson published this essay in the July issue of Power Magazine: Calculating Wind Power's Environmental Benefits.

" ... wind's unpredictability means it truly has no generating capacity value, and its construction will not displace building any new coal or natural gas generating capacity. Grid reserve margins require wind-back up, and the inefficiency of quickly firing up a natural gas unit to meet erratic wind generation output means any emissions displacement is minimal. Wind is simply an additional capital cost which proves to be more than twice as expensive for the ratepayer."

Link: http://www.evainc.com/Publications/windpowerbenefit.pdf



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The Aesthetic Dissonance of Industrial Wind Machines
Jon Boone's essay, The Aesthetic Dissonance of Industrial Wind Machines, was published in Contemporary Aesthetics on September 28, 2005.


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Less for More: The Rube Goldberg Nature of Industrial Wind Development
Less for More: The Rube Goldberg Nature of Industrial Wind Development will be published next Spring by McGraw-Hill in an anthology of essays entitled, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues, edited by Thomas Easton.


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An Analysis of Whole Foods' January 9, 2006 "Wind Energy" Purchase
By Gleen R. Schleede

Glenn Schleede is an economist who has written extensively about the problems with the wind industry. In this essay, he clearly demonstrates the Rube Goldberg nature of wind technology while showing the improved effectiveness of other energy technologies.



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Wind Turbine Accident Data to December 31, 2005
Caithness Windfarms Information Forum


Environmental Effects of Wind Energy Projects in the nation’s Mid-Atlantic region
On May 3, 2007, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science, at the behest of Congress, published its conclusions after a year of study about the Environmental Effects of Wind Energy Projects in the nation’s Mid-Atlantic region. It comprehensively evaluates the problems and limitations of the wind industry over a range of issues. See especially Chapter 2 for a Context for Analysis of Effects of Wind-Powered Electricity Generation in the United States and the Mid-Atlantic Highlands.

Link: www.vawind.org/Assets/NRC/NRC_Wind.htm



Renewable and Nuclear Heresies in the International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology, Vol. 1, No.3, 2007
Jesse Ausubel, noted conservation biologist and climate change researcher, and Director for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, recently published a brief essay, Renewable and Nuclear Heresies in the International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology, Vol. 1, No.3, 2007. He discusses the importance of conserving important natural habitats on land and the oceans, shows the intrusive nature of renewable energy projects, and summarizes the continuing per capita decline in the use of carbon for energy.

Link: http://phe.rockefeller.edu/docs/HeresiesFinal.pdf



Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Estimating the Potential Contribution from Wind-Power
Britain’s David White wrote Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Estimating the Potential Contribution from Wind-Power, commissioned and published by the Renewable Energy Foundation, December 2004. It is a thorough, beautifully reasoned analysis of the limitations of industrial wind as a source of energy and as a method of reducing CO2 emissions.

Link: www.windaction.org/documents/225



Review of Wind Power Results in Ontario: May to October 2006
Tom Adam’s Review of Wind Power Results in Ontario: May to October 2006 published in Energy Probe, November 15, 2006. Adams is executive director of Energy Probe, an independent consumer and environmental research team in Canada. He provides a detailed analysis that reports accurately about the subject, despite Energy Probe’s active support of industrial wind development.

Link: www.energyprobe.org/energyprobe/articles/EPreviewofwindpowerresults.pdf



E.ON Netz GmbH Wind Report, 2004, 2005
These reports provide the most comprehensive summary of the way in which extensive wind facilities affect grid operations in Germany.

Link: E.ON Netz GmbH Wind Report, 2004: http://www.aweo.org/windEon2004.html

Link: E.ON Netz GmbH Wind Report, 2005: www.ref.org.uk/images/pdfs/eon.2005.REF.pdf

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