[Wind power] is, like so many other strange environmental ideas, a fantasy, a delusion that sounds rational right up to the moment you begin to look at it closely. When you do that, the vision of hundreds of wind towers producing miniscule amounts of electricity-and only when the wind is blowing-seems, well, nuts!
The pity is that playing politics with electricity to garner green votes is likely to endanger reliability.
Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them
This mucking around with turbines all adds to the cost of something that is nothing more than a hoax, which would all be pretty funny if it wasn't subsidised by the public purse
Throwing large amounts of money at unreliable sources of energy when others with much greater reliable potential are simply starved of investment is poor economics and appalling practice and will not be followed by any other country governed with good sense. Wind farm policy is simply gesture politics at its worst.
People who say 'You can't tell me what to do with my property' are in actuality signing away the control of their property to wind companies in signing these leases.
There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.
This countryside - ‘incredibly beautiful, dangerously finite and infinitely precious' - will continue to change, as it always has. But the speed and scale of the change we are now seeing as a result of the proliferation of wind turbines is immense and threatens to damage the character of many landscapes for at least a generation.
Bill Wilson, president for Americans for Limited Government
Whenever the government picks winner and losers by its choosing to fund various programs, in this case wind farms, taxpayers' money ends up wasted and more harm is done than good.
Wind turbines generate much more cash than they do electricity.
Let's get real. This is not about climate change or even electricity generation. It is purely about money.
If there is vandalism in any of this, it is on the part of those developers who would industrialize our ridge lines.
Brian Kelly, Supervisor USF&WS Wyoming field office
Constructing wind farms in core areas, even for research purposes, prior to demonstrating it can be done with no impact to sage grouse, negates the usefulness of the core area concept as a conservation strategy and brings into question whether adequate regulatory mechanisms are in place to protect the species.
If wind were a perfect resource, it would blow all the time. It doesn’t. That’s one of the principal flaws of this initiative.
In years to come the summit [Badenoch Corbett] could well offer close-up views of the pointlessly spinning giant turbines, the windmills of a spin-addicted government that chooses to ignore the growing evidence that this kind of renewable is next to useless in terms of combating carbon gas emissions
Carol A. Overland
What the wind gives, line loss taketh away
If this were strictly a utilities invoice saver, then this whole project wouldn't have made sense," said Dagenais. "It's a very expensive way to offset 25 per cent of our energy needs. Rather, the project is meant to demonstrate the viability of wind power.
All these schemes are notoriously inefficient and none of them would be constructed were it not for the government chucking huge sums of money at them in subsidies. They will have an adverse effect on house prices and there is the destruction of the countryside to consider - they are a noisy eyesore. If they were out to sea where people can’t see the damn things or as part of an industrial complex that would be OK.
Christine Real de Azua
You really don't count on wind energy as capacity. It is different from other technologies because it can't be dispatched.
Alas, despite all the practical evidence to show why wind power is one of the greatest follies of our age, those who rule our lives, from our own politicians and officials here in Britain to those above them in Brussels, seem quite impervious to the facts.