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

“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.


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.

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alphareign Sep 15, 2015 6:44pm

1. The fact that wind turbines sometimes don't spin even during windy conditions.
2. The fact that if the wind blows too fast, it will destroy a wind turbine.
3. The fact rare earth metal are used to make wind turbines (and they aren't renewable).
4. The fact that wind turbines have pathetic energy density.

Jesse Aug 16, 2014 12:02pm

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.

Jake Oct 4, 2013 3:21pm

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

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