We are many who for years marveled at how so many prominent industrialized countries in the world, especially in North America and Europe, have let themselves be seduced by such an obviously inadequate and expensive energy source like wind power. Every year, for 35 years, wind power proponents promised you the moon if only a few years, thanks to wind power. The prophetic visions have never been realized.
On the contrary, the negative effects have only become more obvious. The most obvious problem with wind power from a technical point of view, of course, is that it is intermittent, ie that it can only deliver energy when the wind blows just enough. This creates great technical strains on electricity grids and the production of emergency power that must be mobilized at times when wind power does not deliver. Basically, we need as much standby power (fossil and hydroelectric power) as the installed capacity of wind power. Otherwise the electrical system is rendered useless in a modern industrial state where we need a steady and reliable supply of electricity.
Certainly, the cost of each wind generator could reduce a bit over time, thanks to mass production. And some have been able to increase the efficiency of some generators. But at the same time, the cost of a functioning electricity grid and to have baseload on stand-by has increased dramatically. Everything has to be subsidized forever .
For environmental and health Friends, wind power is a nightmare. With twice as many wind turbines is also many times more accidents; in installation, maintenance and operation. But what is most discussed in terms of health effects is how damaging the infra low noise is. In several medical studies have shown that people who have the misfortune to live near the wind gets injuries and discomfort of various kinds: Insomnia, depression, tinnitus, dizziness, and even heart problems. A presentation in German of the stated medical effects are given in a lecture by John Mayer. An English summary here . Per Welander has been written about the health hazards of infrasound here .
Among the polluting effects might impact on the landscape is the most tangible. They claimed to be those who think that wind farms in the natural environment is more aesthetically pleasing than the natural environment as such. Of course it is an aesthetic issue, but I do not belong to yourself those who enjoy watching a lot of wind turbines dotting the landscape.
It is also well known that wind power is killing millions of birds and bats every year. Maybe some that we have too many birds and bats in the wild? But given that most people who call themselves environmentalists like wild birds, it is the least contradictory to the same time fervently advocates wind that kill and maim even the most endangered birds of prey.
In an interesting blog post stands Paul Driessen and Mark Duchamp asked how infrasound from offshore wind really affect sea animals such as whales. They argue that wind power infrasound can disturb and frighten those animals in large pieces orient themselves using the right infrasound. Is it the wind farms in eg the English Channel with whales that are increasingly becoming stranded in shallow water?
With all these negative effects of wind, it is well soon only the Green Party and SNCC still are eager for further expansion.
The resistance is growing from all sides. Not only the people who live in the country and directly affected by wind power protest. Even the industry in countries like Germany, England and Sweden now dares to write articles about their countries need cheaper and more reliable energy to continue to exist. Jobs, welfare and the environment are in danger.
Should not the politicians listen some more to what people really think about living near wind turbines? They should not put themselves more in the technical, economic, health and environmental impacts of this devastating form of electricity generation? And we may soon see the beginning of the end for wind disaster?
(Translation to English using Google Translate)