If solar and wind farms are needed to protect the natural environment, why do they so often destroy it? May 17, 2018| Michael Shellenberger | #ChangeTheWorld Consider that: New offshore wind turbines in Germany could "lead to the extinction of individual species” including the rare, intelligent, and highly-threatened harbor porpoise, according to Friends of the Earth-Germany (BUND). Migratory bat … Continue reading If Renewables Are So Great for the Environment, Why Do They Keep Destroying It?
DISPOSAL OF WIND TURBINES PROVING TO BE A MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN 07/15/2018 Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator Thousands of aging wind turbines will eventually need to be decommissioned, but the disposal of this “green” technology could prove to be a dirty job for environmental regulators. Besides a host of problems that occur during a wind turbine’s … Continue reading Disposal Of Wind Turbines A Major Environmental Concern
Saving the Environment on one side to destroy it another way. Not so Green - Another example of how "saving the planet" with renewables, while destroying it in another way does not add up. The surging demand for base metals for use in renewable energy and Electric vehicles. The Base Metal Boom: The Start of … Continue reading How Green is this? – Renewable Energy drives demand for base metals.
As machines, wind turbines are pretty good already; the problem is the wind resource itself, and we cannot change that. It’s a fluctuating stream of low–density energy. Mankind stopped using it for mission-critical transport and mechanical power long ago, for sound reasons. It’s just not very good.
As for resource consumption and environmental impacts, the direct effects of wind turbines — killing birds and bats, sinking concrete foundations deep into wild lands — is bad enough. But out of sight and out of mind is the dirty pollution generated in Inner Mongolia by the mining of rare-earth metals for the magnets in the turbines. This generates toxic and radioactive waste on an epic scale, which is why the phrase ‘clean energy’ is such a sick joke and ministers should be ashamed every time it passes their lips.
It gets worse. Wind turbines, apart from the fibreglass blades, are made mostly…
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Study: Wind Power Increases Dependence on Fossil Fuels in EU; JUNE 25, 2018 | instituteforenergyresearch.org A study analyzing energy supply in the European Union shows that increasing the level of wind-generated electricity also increases the level of fossil fuel-generated electricity, the opposite outcome suggested by those who argue that renewable energy is necessary to “get … Continue reading Study: Wind Power Increases Dependence on Fossil Fuels in EU