Wind Power Fails the Test

December 3, 2010

 Vance Gregory, Jr. struck a positive chord with his published Tribune letter about wind farms on Wed., Nov. 24. 

What does the future hold for wind power here in Illinois and nation-wide?  Might wind power be better described as the flavor of the day?

My county of Lake is presently drafting rules and regulations to address wind facilities.

My experience with wind farms comes from traveling Route 57 to Springfield, IL.  Frequently I’ve observed that all of the turbines stood motionless like sentries guarding a field.

Illinois politicians seem to be convinced that wind is a viable and dependable source of power to fuel future energy needs here in Illinois. Three years ago the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation mandating that 25% of all electricity be produced from renewable energy by 2025.  Seventy-five percent would need to come from wind energy, as solar power is four times as expensive to produce.

Ironic is that these same Illinois legislators have not felt the need to question Exelon Corporation about its decision to waste The Zion Nuclear Plant with its potential to produce 2,100 megawatts of green, non-polluting, safe, and low-cost electricity.

Recently the First International Symposium on the Global Wind Industry presented facts, among others, which contradict the following wind industry claim:  That sounds heard from wind turbines are no louder than whispers or a refrigerator; that they do not produce low-frequency sound; that people cannot detect infra-sound; that wind turbine noise affects few people seriously; that wind development serves the public good; that wind development saves lives by closing coal-burning electricity plants; and that Wind Energy Development is a solution to the Need for Energy. http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/symposium-delivers-facts-on-wind-energy/  

Those who invest in wind power facilities are presently relying on generous government subsidies to make it worthwhile to invest in turbines.  What will happen when these subsidies end?

The American people will realize that they have been hoodwinked into wasting taxpayer money on wind turbines that will be toppled like the statue of Saddam Hussein when government stops handing out money to investors to sweeten the pot.

Wind power fails the test   

Vance Gregory, Jr. struck a positive chord with his published Tribune letter about wind farms on Wed., Nov. 24. 

What does the future hold for wind power here in Illinois and nation-wide?  Might wind power be better described as the flavor of the day?

My county of Lake is presently drafting rules and regulations to address wind facilities.

My experience with wind farms comes from traveling Route 57 to Springfield, IL.  Frequently I’ve observed that all of the turbines stood motionless like sentries guarding a field.

Illinois politicians seem to be convinced that wind is a viable and dependable source of power to fuel future energy needs here in Illinois. Three years ago the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation mandating that 25% of all electricity be produced from renewable energy by 2025.  Seventy-five percent would need to come from wind energy, as solar power is four times as expensive to produce.

Ironic is that these same Illinois legislators have not felt the need to question Exelon Corporation about its decision to waste The Zion Nuclear Plant with its potential to produce 2,100 megawatts of green, non-polluting, safe, and low-cost electricity.

Recently the First International Symposium on the Global Wind Industry presented facts, among others, which contradict the following wind industry claim:  That sounds heard from wind turbines are no louder than whispers or a refrigerator; that they do not produce low-frequency sound; that people cannot detect infra-sound; that wind turbine noise affects few people seriously; that wind development serves the public good; that wind development saves lives by closing coal-burning electricity plants; and that Wind Energy Development is a solution to the Need for Energy. http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/symposium-delivers-facts-on-wind-energy/  

Those who invest in wind power facilities are presently relying on generous government subsidies to make it worthwhile to invest in turbines.  What will happen when these subsidies end?

The American people will realize that they have been hoodwinked into wasting taxpayer money on wind turbines that will be toppled like the statue of Saddam Hussein when government stops handing out money to investors to sweeten the pot.

Nancy J. Thorner    331 E. Blodgett Ave., Lake Bluff, IL   60044   (847) 295-1035

 

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