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Home - by - September 17, 2012 - 18:45 America/New_York - 19 Comments

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Nothing definite yet, just a hunch, but any day now I reckon, I shall be on the receiving end of a lengthy litany submitted to the Press Complaints Commission by one of the most loathsomely vile and leprous organisations it has ever been my misfortune to share a country with. I refer, of course, to the wind industry’s propaganda arm: RenewableUK.

Why am I expecting a PCC complaint? Only because it’s the kind of thing RenewableUK does, all too often, to anyone who has the temerity to tell the truth about the wind industry, which is that it’s so noisome, greedy, destructive, repellant and wrong in pretty much every conceivable way that it makes the land-mine industry look about as soft and cuddly as a firm specialising in organic, ethically-sourced teddy bears for children in Great Ormond Street hospital.

The other day, for example, I wrote an extensively researched, carefully documented article showing how – contrary to the wind farm industry’s claims – the Low Frequency Noise and intermittent whumping sounds made by wind turbines can cause serious health problems to people living even more than two kilometres away from them. I described this as the biggest public health scandal of our age – which I believe it is. RenewableUK won’t have liked this.

Nor will it have liked the article I wrote in the Spectator about the disastrous effects wind farms have on property prices – and which I shall cover in more detail in a future blog post, not neglecting to mention the role played in this shabby episode by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. RenewableUK won’t have liked this either. (I would link to the Spectator piece but now its behind a paywall this stuff is much harder to locate)

Will RenewableUK have been given due cause to make a complaint by either of these articles? It won’t need one. If past precedent is anything to go by, what it will do is simply grumble vociferously about every point raised, furiously denying that any of the outrageous claims are true. Then, once I’ve been forced to waste about two days of my working week – unpaid, of course – preparing a defence with the lawyer, demonstrating that every point is in fact demonstrably true, RenewableUK will then demand a right of a reply anyway.

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  1. Unneutral

    September 17th, 2012

    So, tell me about the hacks at RenewableUK, how close do they live to these unrealiable energy forms that are allowed to kill protected avians?

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  2. grayscape

    September 17th, 2012

    Environmentalists are destroying the planet. They hate nature…..they hate everything.

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  3. Chuck U Farley

    September 17th, 2012

    This has been going on since the ’80′s in Mexifornia.

    Nature be damned! The backward march of Luddite socialism must go on!

    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/08/16/energy-in-america-dead-birds-unintended-consequence-wind-power-development/

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  4. conservative cowgirl

    September 17th, 2012

    I had to travel to Germany this summer and happened to stay in a hotel near a G.E. plant that was manufacturing these hideous contraptions and littering them all over the pretty farmland of the area. Every German I spoke to about the wind turbines hates them and thinks they are ugly and noisy.

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  5. Xavier

    September 17th, 2012

    To make matters worse, new research on blade induced turbulence shows that the current distances between turbines needs to be at least doubled in both row and column – meaning that it will take a minimum of 4 times more land to accommodate these monstrosities than originally planned.

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  6. eternal cracker p

    September 17th, 2012

    Take a barrel of oil and set it next to one of these monstrosities. That’s about, eh, a year in equivalency, and Goliath has limited uses for the output.

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  7. Toaster

    September 17th, 2012

    I knew a few enviro-kooks in who complained that since radio towers disorient some migratory birds, local radio towers (not just commercial radio but the local Sheriff dept too) should be knocked down. They thought wind power was just great. Now they live in Palm Beach County FL and I feel sorry for the FL natives. Some Libs are like locusts.

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  8. Damn Lawyers

    September 17th, 2012

    Where in the world does the wind blow every day?

    I know Chicago sucks year round, maybe they should set them up there with modified suction blades.

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  9. Stranded in Sonoma

    September 17th, 2012

    The renewable/sustainable libtard crowd wants these bird cuisinarts and the animal protection libtards want to get rid of them.

    Unfortunately, the libtards are trying to blame them on the power companies instead of on each other as they should. And the press goes along with the libtard talking points.

    I wish just once the someone in the liberal media would call these killers what they are: useless bird killing machines. Show the pictures of all the dead birds on the ground underneath them on the 6 o’clock news. But that’s not part of the agenda. Put them up so we’ll complain about them and the politicians will try and sell us another line of BS about how they’ll take them down if they get elected.

    The liberal playbook IS transparent.

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  10. Xavier

    September 17th, 2012

    I was ready to put up a windmill as an extra electricity source a few years ago. There’s data published on average wind speeds by county across the U.S. and you can use it to figure your ROI and how many storage batteries you’re going to need.

    Then I found out the published data was supplied by the Windmill Manufacturer’s Association (or some such industry entity) and was grossly inflated. The 12 MPH average wind (minimum for turbines) we had on paper was more like 6-8 MPH (wouldn’t even turn the blades) in real world conditions and even if the wind somehow had blown constantly at 12MPH the ROI was about 25 years – longer than the expected life of the turbine.

    Lesson learned: Household wind turbines, at this point, are snake oil.

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  11. Corona

    September 17th, 2012

    That’s an American bald eagle. I don’t think they’re in the UK. So, which American wind company ponied up That bill?

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  12. "That Guy"

    September 17th, 2012

    @Corona

    It isn’t an eagle, it is a Red Kite.

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  13. Chuck U Farley

    September 17th, 2012

    Bald Eagles are not tan or buff, but born brown, to the point of almost looking black and then bald (white)at about 4 or 5 years of age.

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  14. FreeMan & Sarah on Vacation

    September 17th, 2012

    You can argure all day what it is, but I see a dead bird and that is enough for me.

    Wind can work but they have to give up on these hugh bird beaters. Many smaller mills are the way to go.

    Like this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru_4WqPzKVU&feature=relmfu

    .

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  15. FreeMan & Sarah on Vacation

    September 17th, 2012

    You can argue all day what it is, but I see a dead bird and that is enough for me.

    Wind can work but they have to give up on these huge bird beaters. Many smaller mills are the way to go.

    Jeezzzzz

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  16. Corona

    September 18th, 2012

    @”That Guy”

    Really? Damn that looks like a bald eagle. I’ve watched them for 2 years now. Same adult markings.

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  17. Corona

    September 18th, 2012

    But it does have a tinge of more ‘red’.

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  18. Corona

    September 18th, 2012

    Still, one less raptor to rip the living shit out of liberals’ faces. Sad moment.

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  19. Alpha Maser

    September 18th, 2012

    They’re making those damn turbine props out of DDT — we better warn the Rachel Carson crowd.

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