An energy source that is as reliable as the weather is nothing to build an economy with, and when you read Matt Ridley’s article on how little energy wind turbine’s actually contribute to the energy demands of our world economy, you might be shocked at the numbers.
“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 of steel, with concrete bases. They need about 200 times as much material per unit of capacity as a modern combined cycle gas turbine. Steel is made with coal, not just to provide the heat for smelting ore, but to supply the carbon in the alloy. Cement is also often made using coal. The machinery of ‘clean’ renewables is the output of the fossil fuel economy, and largely the coal economy.”
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And if that is not enough, this report from New York officials, hidden behind a paywall, acknowledges what anyone familiar with the science behind the alternative energy schemes has known for ages, a catastrophe is coming!
As you read all of the news above, one more ugly fact that nobody in the wind farm business wants to address is what happens to all those toxic materials used in building a turbine when the subsidies run out? Germany is a wonderful example of the complete life cycle of the wind farm pyramid energy scheme.