10 Reasons Wind Power is not a Plausible Fracking Alternative to Oil or Gas.

Via on May 11, 2012

“But mommy, why can’t I fly my kite today?”

“Because they don’t want you to have happy memories, dear!” mom looks up at camera, a single tear rolling down her cheek. Fade to black with the sound of hundreds of children crying.

Is this what you want for your future, America?

Breaking, via Alternet:

Conservative Think-tanks Launch Campaign to Turn Americans Against Wind Energy: Documents show for the first time that local anti-wind groups are co-ordinating and working with national fossil-fuel funded advocacy groups to wreck the wind industry.

We don’t like Alternet, much, they’re too partisan for us. So here’s a link to the Guardian. And here’s the original memo.

10 Main Reasons Wind Power Sucks:

1. Only downside to wind power is it doesn’t work if there’s no wind.

2. That and sometimes birds get killed.

3. Oh! And the big downside is that it’s inexpensive and may lower your energy bill, that’s a very negative downside.

4. Don’t forget the two biggest drawbacks: No operation waste and

5. unlimited energy supply as long as winds exist. (Our wind is running out! We need to find new energy sources! Drill baby drill!)

6. Wind Spills. Think of all the messed-up hairstyles and knocked-over umbrellas! Won’t somebody please think of the umbrellas?!?

7. Don’t forget to mention it’s slowing down the rotation of the earth!

8. Given the same kind of subsidies Big Oil gets (Exxon made record profits last year, We the People still gave Big Oil $10 Billion), wind would be a viable “arrow” in America’s domestic job-creating, clean, renewable energy independence “quiver.” And that’s not to mention “the massive f*cking negative externalitiescaused by mining and burning coal,” which if taken into account make wind far more attractive. Another note on subsidies: “Imagine nuclear power having to compete with other energy sources without gigantic government research, subsidies and investment. Things don’t come out of nothing.”

9. As for accidents (fatalities), when compared to digging coal, and drilling for oil, how do the numbers compare?

Energy Source Death Rate (deaths per TWh) Coal – world average 161 (26% of world energy, 50% of electricity) Coal – China 278 Coal – USA 15 Oil 36 (36% of world energy) Natural Gas 4 (21% of world energy) Biofuel/Biomass 12 Peat 12 Solar (rooftop) 0.44 (less than 0.1% of world energy) Wind 0.15 (less than 1% of world energy) Hydro 0.10 (europe death rate, 2.2% of world energy) Hydro - world including Banqiao) 1.4 (about 2500 TWh/yr and 171,000 Banqiao dead) Nuclear 0.04 (5.9% of world energy) 

10. Personally, the biggest downside to wind power is the assassins the oil companies send after you.

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Suggests for why Windpower just won’t cut it come via Reddit, mostly. Click over there for a robust, fact-based/funny argument re the merits of wind power.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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14 Responses to “10 Reasons Wind Power is not a Plausible Fracking Alternative to Oil or Gas.”

  1. Mr. Science says:

    You forgot that wind farms cause cancer in people who live near them, and that it takes more energy to build and place a windmill than it will produce in it’s lifetime, and the recent studies linking wind power to . . . wait for it. . .

    Climate Change.

    (all you have to do is google wind energy linked to climate change, or some such, and you will find several articles)

    Maybe a little less conversation and a little more(think) action.

  2. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Mr. S poses an extremely relevant question, non P.C. tho it is…

    How much energy does it cost to build, ship, and install an energy producing machine? Mr. S says a windmill will give you back only as much energy as it takes to build it in the first place. Which, of course, means building it is meaningless.

    Is this true? I hop on the net to check.

    According to "Green Home Source," it takes 6-15 years to pay back a small energy system; 15-30 years to pay back a large system (even with the subsidies that Green Home tells us about). Seeing as how the economic cost is likely a fairly good approximation of the energy cost, and seeing as how it takes quite a long time to pay it back, Mr S's assertion would seem to at least be in the ballpark.

    Rather than MORE subsidies, as this article proposes, how about fewer? Toss out crony capitalism (loved by both Ele liberals and oil conservatives) and let all energy sources compete on their own. No govt help for oil, gas, nuclear, wind, or solar. Let the price of energy rise (or fall) to market levels which, if they are high, will incentivize the cleanest source of all: conservation.

  3. Sang Wadlington says:

    Hi Michelle Just curious what you mean by A quick skim shows that at least a dozen law firms are “investigating” the deal’ … how do you identify this?

  4. Mr. Science says:

    Admttedly, the Climate Change one was a bit of a red herring. I have yet to be convinced by that particular theory.
    But here is the point. It is important.
    Once we begin to self-identify with a particular group, environmentalist, Republican, Democrat, Buddhist(as anathema to the point as that can be, it happens all the time)
    it is very easy to stop thinking critically about the individual issues and situations that arise.
    We begin to take on the mindset of the group.
    So when an ‘alternative’ energy is put forward we cheer for it.
    Anyone critical is anti-earth.
    So we wind up with pointless wind farms, ethanol subsidies and a bunch of things that do not further the true cause.
    Take for example, aluminum recycling. It uses more energy than mining aluminum. (Plastic does much better)
    We must not fall victim to group think,or the us and them mentality. This is what caused the anti-war movement to disappear when Obama was elected.
    The anti-war team(group) was in charge, so it no longer mattered if the wars actually ended.
    We must be more critical of the actual results of policies and act accordingly.
    Elephant unfortunately is a huge hometown for group think, yet it is clear that the readers very genuinely care about the world.
    That is why I keep coming back, while we often disagree, we are on the same effin team.

  5. mark ledbetter says:

    Mr. S, every line is so good! Oz has been talking recently, here and there, about groupthink, too. Well, can't be helped. it's the way of the species. And much as 'they' (the majority here) might doubt it, 'we' (the skeptical but respectful minority) keep coming back because we ARE on the same effin team. And all y'all in-the-majority people out there, you are such nice people!! But still I suggest you take a think on each of Mr. S's non party line points here.

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  11. Jake says:

    Wind turbines make a horrible 'beating' sound, they're ugly, kill many birds and bats and consume power when they are not turning.

  12. Jesse says:

    Why doesn't the number one drawback tell you wind is a crappy form of energy? Oh, fine lets invest millions in an energy source which either pays for itself slowly or not at all.

    Instead of investing in wind turbines, we should invest in molten salt reactors. These produce only about 2% as much waste as light water reactors. This waste is thousands of times less radioactive than that produced by light water reactors. A type of molten salt reactor called the waste annihilating molten salt reactor can be fueled by the waste produced by light water reactors and as its name suggests. it destroys much of this waste. Because the fuel in a molten salt reactor is all ready molten, a meltdown is impossible. These types of reactors don't need active cooling because they operate at high temperatures yet low vapor pressures.

    Wind turbines have pathetic outputs of up to 7 megawatts a piece. Nuclear power plants can be 1+ gigawatt a piece in terms of power output. What's more is, nuclear fuels are one million times as energy dense and fossil fuels.

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