Minnesota Throws $Billions at Wind Power: But CO2 Emissions Barely Budge


‘Green’ energy fails every test
Watts Up with That?
John Hinderacker
18 October 2017

The sad story of Minnesota’s green energy failure is one that no doubt is being replicated around the country. And one of the ironies of green energy is that it is terrible for the environment.

Liberals will tell you that Minnesota is one of the nation’s leaders in “green” energy, so its experience represents a good test: can green energy fulfill the extravagant promises made by its backers?

The answer is a resounding No, according to a blockbuster paper by our own Steve Hayward and Center of the American Experiment’s Peter Nelson. The paper, titled “Energy Policy in Minnesota: the High Cost of Failure,” can be read or downloaded at the Center’s web site.

Minnesota is a poor place for solar power, so its renewable policies have focused on wind. Minnesota has gone whole hog for…

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Blackouts Loom: National Energy Guarantee Aims to Keep Australia’s Lights On When the Wind Stops Blowing


With reliable power in short supply this coming Summer (and beyond), PM, Malcolm Turnbull was bound to act. In yesterday’s post, we detailed how the National Energy Guarantee is meant to work, what it does and what it will not do.

At the heart of the NEG is a simple objective: keep everyone’s lights and air conditioners on, when temperatures rise along with the demand for power.

Australia will go down in history as the Nation with the most abundant energy reserves on the Planet and, paradoxically, the most expensive and unreliable delivery of electricity in the world.

The NEG might be said to be too little, too late.

STT sees the NEG as heavy-handed government intervention, the consequence of earlier heavy-handed government intervention, being the Federal government’s Large-Scale RET.

How the NEG operates in practice, and whether it achieves its objective, is down to the Energy Security Board…

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Why Racism Isn’t Wrong

Just Thinking...for Myself

In surveying the current socio-cultural landscape in America, it seems increasing numbers of individuals are either identifying as social justice activists or aspire to be one.

What began with the protestations of one individual over perceived systemic “racial” injustices being perpetrated against black people, primarily by those who occupy certain positions of authority (e.g. police officers), has morphed into a global movement with other notable athletes and celebrities remonstrating in solidarity.

Now, before I go on, I want to confess that the reason I placed the word racial in quotations above is because, unlike most social justice activists, I happen to not subscribe to the idea of “race” as an aspect of human identity. In fact, my personal perspective on the subject is more closely aligned with that of the late anthropologist Dr. Robert Wald Sussman, author of The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea who…

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Victorian Police Perplexed: Furious Neighbours Continue to Shoot-Up Noisy Wind Turbines


The photo above was cooked up a couple of years ago by wind industry stooge, Andrew Bray. The stories below, though, are real enough.

‘Could result in death’: shots fired at Waubra wind turbines
The Courier
Derrick Krusche
27 Sep 2017

Police suspect a long-arm gun such as a rifle was used to shoot turbines at the Waubra Wind Farm northwest of Ballarat recently.

Detectives have launched an investigation after technicians found bullet holes on several of the big structures, which are located on private farms.

The offence could have occurred at any time from late last year before the damage was discovered by renewable energy company Acciona.

There have been six similar incidents since the wind farm opened in 2010.

Detective Senior Sergeant David Hermit said Acciona employees were at risk as they were regularly inside the turbines performing maintenance.

“This kind of reckless behaviour could result in the…

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Germany’s Energiewende ‘Blown’ Away: Mutti Merkel’s Mauling Threatens Doom for Subsidised Wind & Solar


FDP win means an end to the chaos is in sight.

Germany’s love affair with wind turbines and solar panels has clearly turned sour.

During the winter just gone, with a total collapse in wind and solar power  output, Germany had to scramble to keep its lights on using coal-fired power plants, resurrected to deal with a grid on the brink of collapse and nuclear power imported from France.

Rocketing power prices have also taken their toll on the German sense of humour.

As with every community forced to live with these things, Germans are just as hostile: constant exposure to turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound is enough to rattle the resolve of even the most stoic.

And now that the victims realise that the whole thing is an enormous fraud, the political tide has turned.

No longer do vanity signalling Greens hold sway. Now, it’s the Free…

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Does your neighbor ‘really’ have the right to install BigWind next to you? Maybe not…


Thank you, Mr. Pickerill, for a refreshing dose of common sense!  Unfortunately, it will probably take someone willing to spend the $$$ and sue a neighbor- but this is it, this is the foundation of any complaint.  We, as Ohio and American citizens, have a right to live in peace, without the torment of infrasound entering our homes…without the monetary property devaluation…without sleeplessness nights and headaches. How is the encroachment of BigWind in our countryside, a positive for anyone? We know that it raises electricity rates and area taxes, because BigWind distorts the grid and doesn’t pay taxes(see previous blog!).  We know that some people suffer adverse effects. Why would we do this to our neighbors? The BigWind sprawl across America is like a plague, fueled by greed…. 

There has been discussion recently over a possible wind farm in my county. Residents close to the proposed turbine towers are concerned about…

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Imagine Escaping a Hurricane in a Tesla

Watts Up With That?

Image from Tesla’s website

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

First I want to make it clear that I think Tesla responded to Hurricane Irma with exemplary good faith, sacrificing their future profits to send drivers of cheaper Tesla models a free range upgrade, to help them escape Hurricane Irma. But the urgent Florida hurricane evacuation may have inadvertently highlighted an unexpected and potentially catastrophic risk associated with government policies which seek to switch drivers to electric vehicles.

How did Tesla make some of its cars travel further during Hurricane Irma?

The electric-car giant gave customers a lifeline by remotely boosting their vehicles’ battery capacity. But this act of kindness also highlighted that it had been selling identical cars at different prices

Tesla drivers who fled Hurricane Irma last weekend received an unexpected lesson in modern consumer economics along the way. As they sat on choked highways, some of the electric-car…

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