Glenn Schleede - Master Resource
The Wind Farm Scamby John ETHERINGTON, Christopher Booker (Foreword by)
In The Wind Farm Scam Dr Etherington argues that in the case of wind power the latter far outweigh the former. Wind turbines cannot generate enough energy to reduce global CO2
The specter of global warming and the political panic surrounding it has triggered a goldrush for renewable energy sources without an open discussion of the merits and drawbacks of each.
In The Wind Farm Scam Dr Etherington argues that in the case of wind power the latter far outweigh the former. Wind turbines cannot generate enough energy to reduce global CO2 levels to a meaningful degree; what s more wind power is by nature intermittent and cannot generate a steady output, necessitating back-up coal and gas power plants that significantly negate the saving of greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to the inefficacy of wind power there are ecological drawbacks, including damage to habitats, wildlife and the far-from-insignificant aesthetic drawback of the assault upon natural beauty and the pristine landscape, which wind turbines entail.
Dr Etherington argues that wind power has been, and is being, excessively financed at the cost of consumers who have not been consulted, nor informed that this effective subsidy is being paid from their bills to support an industry that cannot be cost efficient or, ultimately, favor the cause it purports to support.
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John Etherington was a Reader in Ecology at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Since his retirement from the University in 1990, he has devoted himself to researching the implications of intermittently available renewable electricity generation, in particular wind power. He is a Thomas Huxley Medallist at the Royal College of Science and a former co-editor of the International Journal of Ecology.
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I had a toxic electromagnetic exposure from a high powered solar photovoltaic system and this made me curious about alternate energy systems and the toxicity of them. I was not surprised to find that there were problems in wind power as well. They both use electronic inverter systems that produce harmonics. There has been little to no research done on the toxicity of electronically generated AC electricity and the human health impacts. This book does a good job of exploring the problems around wind turbines and I hope that the next edition adds a chapter on electronically generated energy, high electromagnetic fields, stray voltage/current/frequency, and the known human health effects.
This superb book shows the extreme folly of relying on wind power for reliable electricity supply. In November 2008, the Minister for Energy and Climate Change said that gas-fired and coal-fired electricity cost £50 per megawatt hour (MWh) to generate and nuclear power cost £38. By contrast, offshore wind cost £92, onshore wind £72. To keep the uneconomic option of wind power alive, the government has made us all pay huge hidden subsidies, through our electricity bills, to wind power companies. As the 2003 Energy White Paper admitted, "We have . introduced a Renewables Obligation for England and Wales in April 2002. This will incentivize generators to supply progressively higher levels of renewable energy over time. The cost is met through higher prices to consumers. . By 2010, it is estimated that this support and Climate Change Levy exemption will be worth around £1 billion a year to the UK renewables industry." Yet by 2007, Britain's 2,400 wind turbines generated just 1.3 per cent of our electricity, and even this paltry supply was not reliable. The 2008 House of Lords Select Committee on The Economics of Renewable Energy said, "To make up for its intermittency . back-up conventional plant will be essential to guarantee supply when required, to compensate for wind's very low capacity credit. Wind generation should be viewed largely as additional capacity to that which will need to be provided, in any event, by more reliable means; and the evidence suggests that its full costs, although declining over time, remain significantly higher than those of conventional or nuclear generation." So wind power cannot replace coal, gas, oil or nuclear - it depends on them 'to guarantee supply when required'. Wind power won't even save CO2 emissions. As Etherington points out, "the Government's own figure for saving of CO2 emission by renewables power generation, mainly wind, is just 9.2 million tonnes per year by 2010 . This is less than the emission from a medium sized coal fired power station." Wind farms also harm the environment, spoiling our landscapes and killing large numbers of birds and bats.