“When they try to express concerns [about wind turbines], farmers often face an accusation from those living far away: that they are climate change deniers….. [Q]uestioning wind energy means that ‘people will associate you with Republicans or with the Trump campaign, anti-environment, [but] nothing could be further from the truth.'”
– Leah McBride Mensching, “Wind Energy Isn’t a Breeze.” Slate, August 24, 2017.
“If this Slate article is followed by more such pieces, there will be no way to contain the civil war within the environmental movement between the grass roots and Washington, DC. One can only hope that what should have happened years ago can happen now.” (post below)
Many in the free-market movement, as well as at the environmental grassroots, have been all but amazed at the ability of Washington’s, “green” establishment to smooth over the problems of an energy source that is very land-intensive, remote, and hard-material heavy compared to the energy dense alternatives—from natural gas to nuclear power.
Industrial wind turbines at scale are hardly distributed generation like a solar panel or array of panels. They are technological monstrosities, from a small-is-beautiful, ecological perspective.
But two characteristics of industrial wind that are normally considered bad may not be bad to the forced energy transformationists (FET). Wind turbines generate more expensive power—and generate it far less reliably than consumer-chosen alternatives. But to the FETs, prices need to be higher. And any reliability issues can be solved by … making electricity more expensive still.
Leah McBride Mensching’s “Wind Energy Isn’t a Breeze” speaks for itself. Some pertinent excerpts follow:
“Farmers near wind turbines face (sometimes literal) headaches.”
“A turbine doesn’t affect just the few acres surrounding it—it has an impact on the entire farm it sits on, as well as neighboring farms.”
“Building and maintaining a turbine requires heavy equipment that damages tiles under fields, which affects drainage in surrounding fields. Drainage problems can hurt crop yields and even stop a farmer from being able to plant in the first place.”
“A turbine also makes it more difficult, or sometimes impossible, for crop dusters to fly over fields around it in order to spray pesticides that protect their crops.”
“There are also issues of shadow flicker and the noise turbines can make, which aren’t just annoying—they can even make people feel sick. (There isn’t yet much research on the potential health effects of living near wind farms, and some suggest “wind turbine syndrome” might be psychogenic—though that wouldn’t mean people aren’t experiencing real symptoms.)”
Big Media has protected industrial wind by not exposing the micro harms to those in its vicinity. For if wind power loses its halo, the supply-side strategy of the FETs crumbles. And without a viable supply-side strategy (hydro and nuclear are out), the climate alarmists are dressed up with nowhere to go.
If this Slate article is followed by more such pieces, there will be no way to contain the civil war within the environmental movement between the grass roots and Washington, DC. One can only hope that what should have happened years ago can happen now.