But… But… But I thought wind power would save the planet!

Posted by: Phineas on February 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Apparently they don’t do well in harsh winters, which isn’t good for their customers:

A $200-million wind farm in northern New Brunswick is frozen solid, cutting off a supply of renewable energy for NB Power.

The 25-kilometre stretch of wind turbines, 70 kilometres northwest of Bathurst, has been shut down for several weeks due to heavy ice covering the blades. GDF Suez Energy, the company that owns and operates the site, is working to return the windmills to working order, a spokeswoman says.

“We can’t control the weather,” Julie Vitek said from company headquarters in Houston.

No, really?

Let’s see. Wind power has been sold to us by the Green Statists as one of the perfect solutions for a problem that does not exist, anthropogenic global warming. Trouble is, wind turbines are no good when the wind is too slow or too fast. They still require old-fashioned electrical power stations to be online constantly as backups. They are sound neither from an economic nor an engineering standpoint. The need lavish subsidies to turn a profit at all.

And now they can’t keep the heat running when you need it most.


via Fausta

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “But… But… But I thought wind power would save the planet!”


  1. Carlos says:

    Of course it’s genius. How else to get all the fools that believe anything the Goracle says, than by making it sound like genius?

    I don’t have a clue what it will take to convince people that there is no such thing as AGW, but I suspect it will border on glaciers cutting through Manhattan…

  2. Old Goat says:

    At least these green jobs mean jobs for Americans… except of course that the windmills are only assembled here.

    Not to mention that the wind farms cause problems with creating their own air turbulence.

    These things break down frequently. Yeap, great eye-deer.

  3. notsofree says:

    $200 wind farm will only produce 50 million worth of electricity over 20 years. Subtract the $500,000 per year maintenance cost your down to $40 million. Great investment. You only loose 160 million for raping the earth of precious metals, littering the landscapes with eye pollution, killing birds, and stringing wires all over our neighborhoods (more precious metal).

    A $200 million investment in oil will employ 500 people to make 50-60k per year plus it will pay off and make the “evil” oil company some $$ so they can reinvest in more discoveries to fuel the success of our country.

    Always remember he who has the most energy wins!!!!

  4. Carlos says:

    Heck, if the danged things are freezing up, just send Algore up there – I’m sure one of his speeches would be enough to warm them all up (might raise sea levels 2 feet, though!).

    And heck, what with his genius, if the things break down he’d be right there and could figure out how to fix them, too! After all, he invented the internet.