It's unfair to assume, I think, that there's no environmental effects from wind (energy). Until we get some firm data, the problem is, people are making multimillion-dollar investments with insufficient information.
Joel Link, Chicago-based Invenergy
"People have to realize that a 25 percent renewable energy standard by the year 2025 in Illinois amounts to thousands of wind turbines."
John-Marc Bunce, Ambrian Partners
In places like the UK there was never really enough land anyway and the government was crazy thinking anyone would want to have a wind turbine next to their house.
Euan C. Blauvelt, research director ABS Energy Research
“The environmental benefits of wind are not as great as its champions claim. You’ve still got to have backup sources of power, like coal-fired plants.”
In very simple terms, if wind farms are the answer, the question must be: how can we waste the most money in an utterly useless exercise?
[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!
Wind needs to be part of that solution. But a critical question is this: How far do you go in trying to save the planet by destroying it? Plastering Pennsylvania's ridgetops with massive wind turbines, to the possible decimation of bats, raptors and migrating songbirds, coupled with the visual impairment inflicted on these green mountains, erosion of thin mountain soils and the loss of public access, suggest to us that we need to find more suitable sites for wind and invest in less environmentally problematic solutions to climate change.
David Howell & Carole Nakhle
“Wind power may have a small place in the long-term energy future, mostly at the household and residential level. But its impact on the near-term security scene will be minimal and the enthusiasts (and lobbyists enriched by subsidies) who have rushed into extensive wind farm developments will be seen in due course to have taken public opinion for a colossal ride, although this may take some years to emerge.”
Wind power is a problematic energy source, requiring constant back-up from conventional generation as fluctuating winds vary output by up to 70 per cent. It produces a third of installed capacity at best.
Policies or political platforms that seek to constrain the development of a safe and reliable Australian uranium industry - and which rule out the possibility of climate-friendly nuclear energy - are not really serious about addressing climate change
The fact is that the Scottish people - as opposed to their politicians - are waking up to the realisation that wind power is one of the greatest hoaxes of our age.
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
Wind is like having a car that's out of fuel when you need it the most
It would be impossible -- i-m-p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e -- to run a contemporary electric grid on wind power alone. Its role will remain marginal and supplementary. At bottom, wind is still a medieval technology.
If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later to be found out
There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.
Wind farm, that’s a spin term. I call them wind turbine industrial zones.
Matthew L. Wald
...wind turns out to be a good way to save fuel, but not a good way to avoid building plants that burn coal. A wind machine is a bit like a bicycle that a commuter keeps in the garage for sunny days. It saves gasoline, but the commuter has to own a car anyway.
The pity is that playing politics with electricity to garner green votes is likely to endanger reliability.
Industrial wind is almost the perfect enterprise for our era, as it produces no meaningful product or service but is subsidized up to 80 percent by rate and tax payers. Like many "celebrities," it is famous for being famous, not for its actual performance.