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Senator MADIGAN (Victoria) (21:07): In 2002, well before Professor Simon Chapman’s nocebo effect and five or more years before the Waubra Foundation was set up, people in the once quiet seaside town of Toora in South Gippsland started complaining about noise nuisance. They had not been visited by anybody stirring them up or telling them that one day they might feel sick. What had happened is the construction of a wind farm near this little town by the Queensland government’s Stanwell Corporation.

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Green Energy: The Rotary Dial Phone of the Future

The whole idea of green energy—renewable resources—grew out of an energy reality that was much different from today’s. It was in the 1970s, following the OPEC Oil Embargo that solar panels began popping up on rooftops and “gasohol” subsidies were enacted.

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U.K. Offshore Wind Energy a Turnoff for Investors

LONDON—A major European utility said Tuesday it would scrap a wind farm that was due to become the largest offshore wind project ever built, a sign of the struggles of the industry to attract investment needed to overcome huge costs and technical challenges.

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Are those white elephants in the water?

Pride in our offshore wind farms is wildly misplaced. They are costlier than all other forms of energy Here’s a short quiz. Question One: which source of energy is allowed to charge the highest price for its electricity? Question Two: which source of energy is expected to receive the greatest capital expenditure over the next seven years? The answer to both questions is offshore wind.

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Wind Farms: Turbines break like match-sticks in medium waves, and their capacity is “overestimated”

Not a good news week for wind power.

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Wind turbines: Birds at risk from growing wind power in Indiana

Indiana is home to one of the world's single largest concentrations of wind turbines.
But all of those giant rotors -- about 700 standing among the corn and soybeans along I-65 in Benton County -- do more than harness energy from the wind.
They also can kill birds.

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Wind farms vs wildlife

Wind turbines only last for ‘half as long as previously thought’, according to a new study. But even in their short lifespans, those turbines can do a lot of damage. Wind farms are devastating populations of rare birds and bats across the world, driving some to the point of extinction. Most environmentalists just don’t want to know. Because they’re so desperate to believe in renewable energy, they’re in a state of denial.

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1,500 accidents and incidents on UK wind farms

The wind energy industry has admitted that 1,500 accidents and other incidents have taken place on wind farms over the past five years.

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No Time to Abandon Energy Density

Policy measures to combat climate change that favour ‘green’ energy technologies go against the engineering principles that decoupled the costs of energy and human labour.

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Location, Location, Location . . . Migration, Migration, Migration

“This is truly an international problem, one that so many developers and local/state/provincial governments pooh-pooh as a NIMBY issue in order to slide the deals through. This problem runs from the arctic to the tip of South America — and that is one helluva big backyard!”

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Why the Wind Industry Is Full Hot Air and Costing You Big Bucks

The American Wind Energy Association has begun a major lobbying effort in Congress to extend some soon-to-expire renewable-energy tax credits. And to bolster that effort, the lobby group’s CEO, Denise Bode, is calling the wind industry “a tremendous American success story.”

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HEALTH WARNING ISSUED TO GOVERNMENTS

On December 10, the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) and the North American Platform against Windpower (NA-PAW) served notice to two European countries regarding health hazards associated with wind policies.

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Toxic smoke billows out. Flaming debris flying large distances. Staff evacuated.

The Ontario government has no fire fighting plan in place. The Ontario government wants to site these 550 meters or less from your home. You will be left to your own devices to protect your home and land.

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How many dead eagles?

Wind turbines harm birds in three ways: direct collision, displacement or creating a space that birds avoid, and habitat fragmentation, which means large areas needed by some birds for nesting are dissected. The biggest issue is collision, Sweanor said.

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Repowering Altamont Pass with Smoke and Mirrors

Repowering Altamont Pass with Smoke and Mirrors

A few months back it was disclosed through the media that the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area was repowering with new safer turbines. With their new turbines Altamont was going to drastically reduce the bird mortality rate by 80 percent and raptors by 67 percent.

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Campaigners want halt to ‘scourge’ of wind farms

The time for the denial of the serious adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines on nearby residents globally is well and truly over. There are now hundreds of case reports in Australia, the UK, Europe, Canada, the US and New Zealand of people who have been seriously affected: some have left their homes, some their farms as well.

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Wildlife, offshore wind turbines a bad mix (Texas)

If hundreds of wind turbines are erected in the Gulf of Mexico within proximity of Padre Island, then baitfish will be drawn instinctively to the protective structure in the same way they are drawn to oil and gas platforms. And in turn the birds will follow.

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The EU dream has turned into a nightmare

It was hard to know – as the danse macabre of the euro spirals towards its devastating denouement – which of last week’s utterances and events was the maddest.

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Wind Power II: The Wind-farm Eruption

Those of us who drive in the Midwest or Southwest are often startled to see a plethora of wind turbines sprouting like overnight mushrooms in an area we remember as farms or grazing lands.

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Dairy cattle getting Wind Turbine Syndrome? Stray voltage? (Japan)

(340m from cow barn to the turbine). This family has been dairy farming (breeding and raising cattle) for over 40 years. Recently, some calves suffered from swelling of shoulder and knee joints.

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In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale

This toxic lake poisons Chinese farmers, their children and their land. It is what's left behind after making the magnets for Britain's latest wind turbines...

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Wind farm paid £ 1.2 million to produce no electricity

A wind farm has been paid £1.2 million not to produce electricity for eight-and-a-half hours. The amount is ten times greater than the wind farm's owners would have received had they actually generated any electricity.

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“One-third of the dairy herd died since the turbines began operation” (Wisconsin)

What if siting massive 50-story industrial wind turbines close to peoples’ homes harms them, kills animals and disrupts lives?

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Wind farms: the monuments to lunacy that will be left to blot the landscape
Our planning system is to be rigged even more shamelessly than before, to allow pretty well every application to cover our countryside with wind turbines – along with thousands of monster pylons, themselves up to 400 feet high, marching across Scotland, Wales, Suffolk, Somerset and elsewhere to connect them to the grid.
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Wind energy: The “least sustainable energy option”

In reality, wind energy may well be the least sustainable and least eco-friendly of all electricity options. Its shortcomings are legion, but the biggest ones can be grouped into eight categories.

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Wind farms accused of concealing deaths of protected species

According to reports, bird toll census numbers are being rigged by burying or otherwise concealing mutilated bird carcasses rather than reporting them.

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Flawed green scheme costs households £120

Every household in Britain has been overcharged an estimated £120 in utility bills as a result of an environmental initiative that is not working, an investigation by The Times has found.

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Feeding The Masses On Unicorn Ribs

Obama promised to create 5 million green jobs within ten years. Investors' Business Daily has a list of that plan's successes so far.

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Duke of Northumberland: an unlikely hero in the fight against wind farms

Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, has emerged as the unlikely people's hero in the fight against wind farms spreading across Britain.

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Terence Corcoran: Ontario burns up more green cash

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA), a euphemism for the Liberal Cabinet of Premier Dalton McGuinty, said it has signed contracts worth $3-billion with suppliers of wind and solar power.

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Energy in America: Dead Birds Unintended Consequence of Wind Power Development
Wind power is the fastest growing component in the state's green energy portfolio, but wildlife advocates say the marriage has an unintended consequence: dead birds, including protected species of eagles, hawks and owls.
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WIND FARMS, ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS

It is a very noble gesture of these environmentalists wanting to protect the natural beauty and preserve the wildlife in the area, but what no one sees is any concern from them about the projected wind farm in this same area.

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Blowing money in the wind

Wind power is green, right?

It helps keep the air clean, doesn’t it?

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EDITORIAL: GOLDEN EAGLES FALL PREY TO WIND INDUSTRY

The controversy surrounding wind farms in America has been brewing for over 25 years. The debate centers around the use of the deadly propeller style wind turbines and the large death toll to what are supposedly protected species. One of these species, the federally protected golden eagle, has been at the forefront of this debate from the beginning.

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A New Study Takes The Wind Out Of Wind Energy
For years, it's been an article of faith among advocates of renewables that increased use of wind energy can provide a cost-effective method of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The reality: wind energy's carbon dioxide-cutting benefits are vastly overstated.
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Now we pay the real price for clean power

The energy executives shuffled into the cramped Westminster room like chastened schoolchildren. After Scottish Power uncorked a record 19% increase to gas last month, the company and its competitors were called in for a ritual flogging.

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Windfarm shut down after mystery death of young bullock in field

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: One of the turbines in the Glens of Foudland windfarm which has been shut down pending an investigation into a bullock’s death.

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Vast wind energy proposal could kill endangered birds

The Obama administration is evaluating a plan to allow a 200-mile corridor for wind energy development from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico that would allow for killing endangered whooping cranes.

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Wind energy's broken promises

Congressional lawmakers arguing over how best to rein in spending, have set their sights on eliminating ethanol subsidies and oil and gas tax breaks. Renewable energy subsidies are also under pressure. Earlier this year, the Department of Energy's Section 1705 loan guarantee was cut.

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Forest fires and wind turbines: The danger no one is talking about

Despite all that has been written about wind power, a vitally important issue has barely been mentioned. When turbines fail, blades may fall to the ground or send fragments that land up to a mile away. Turbines often catch fire, and when they do they often send flaming shards into fields and forests.

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‘Green' jobs: Shrewd PR, bad economics

A common feature of many environmental programs is the idea of “green jobs”: the employment opportunities generated by a given set of proposals are presented as an additional benefit of the policy agenda. This is also a common mistake.

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The Gas Is Greener

In April, Gov. Jerry Brown made headlines by signing into law an ambitious mandate that requires California to obtain one-third of its electricity from renewable energy sources like sunlight and wind by 2020.

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Wind power turbines in Altamont Pass threaten protected birds

Scores of golden eagles have been killed after striking the thousands of wind turbines in the Bay Area, raising questions about California's move toward alternative power.

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Threatened species of owls disappear from Wolfe Island

The short-eared owl, listed as a species of special concern in Canada, has all but disappeared from the west end of Wolfe Island.
A noted Kingston-area birder says the decline has everything to do with the construction and startup of wind turbines on that part of the island two years ago.

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Michael Townsend doubts viability of offshore wind farms

New York Power Authority board chairman Michael Townsend questioned Monday whether the authority's offshore wind farm proposal should go forward.
"From my perspective, I don't think that project is very viable at this time, politically or economically," said Townsend, a lawyer with the Perinton-based law firm Harris Beach.

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Wind energy's viability in question

Onshore wind energy has typically been something that has attracted opposition from local communities due to the size and perceived ugliness of the turbines used to harness the energy. The counter argument has often centered on their supply of renewable, clean energy and the UK's need to move towards a decreased dependence on non-renewable sources

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New figures show the lights may go out sooner than we thought

Our coal-fired power stations are closer to extinction than predicted, and wind power stubbornly refuses to fill the gap.

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Offshore Drilling

On the one-year anniversary of the BP PLC oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmentalists are redoubling their efforts to stop what they say is an overlooked threat to marine animals: noise.

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Wind power: Even worse than you thought

A new analysis of wind energy supplied to the UK National Grid in recent years has shown that wind farms produce significantly less electricity than had been thought, and that they cause more problems for the Grid than had been believed.

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A Reality Check for Wind Power Investors

Everybody knows that wind power is variable, which can be troublesome for a society that needs reliable power all day, every day. When inquiring minds ask whether wind power can ever be a reliable energy source for the U.S., we're soothed by calm assurances that better transmission networks and wider geographic dispersion can overcome the variability with no fuss, muss or bother.

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Lawmakers oppose Power Authority windmill project

The Niagara County Legislature voted, 14-4, Tuesday to oppose the New York Power Authority’s Great Lakes wind power project.

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Europe's Green Subsidies

Green energy is becoming unaffordable and may cost as many jobs as it creates. But the real victims are the investors who bought into the dream of endless, clean energy financed by the taxpayer. They forgot that governments often change their minds.

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