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Alice Supplied this informative article

A former engineer provided the info below. This is the type of info that needs to be broadcast country-wide.

That little yellow thing is a CAT-9 bulldozer.  It is burying windmill blades used for green energy.

Why?  Because these blades need to be disposed of and there is presently no way to recycle them. That’s how

Who knew?  Maybe the people that make them knew.  Why would they let that cat out of the bag.  After all they are government subsidized with tax payer money.  After all it’s all about the money every time!  Just like the oil industry powers every electric car.


Also politicians do not want those huge eyesores in their backyard.

Right now the average wind farm is about 150 turbines.  Each wind turbine needs 80 gallons of oil as lubricant, and we’re not talking about vegetable oil, this is a PAO synthetic oil based on crude… 12,000 gallons of it.  That oil needs to be replaced once a year. It is estimated that a little over 3,800 turbines would be needed to power a city the size of New York… That’s 304,000 gallons of refined oil for just one city.   That’s 25+ Turbine FARMS. Now you have to calculate every city across the nation, large and small, to find the grand total of yearly oil consumption from “clean” energy.

Where do you think all that oil is going to come from, the oil fairies?    Well, thanks to Biden it now comes from our enemies in the Mideast.  Not to mention the fact that the large equipment needed to build these wind farms runs on petroleum.   As well as the equipment required for installation, service, maintenance, and eventual removal.  And just exactly how eco-friendly is wind energy anyway?

Each turbine requires a footprint of 1.5 acres, so a wind farm of 150 turbines needs 225 acres. In order to power a city the size of NYC, you’d need 57,000 acres; and who knows the astronomical amount of land you would need to power the entire US.  All of which would have to be clear-cut land because trees create a barrier and turbulence that interferes with the 20mph sustained wind velocity necessary for the turbine to work properly (also keep in mind that not all states are suitable for such sustained winds).  Boy, cutting down all those trees is gonna upset a lot of green-loving
tree-huggers.

Let’s now talk about disposal.

The lifespan of a modern, top quality, highly efficient wind turbine is 20 years.  After that, then what? What happens to those gigantic fiber composite blades?   They cannot be economically reused, refurbished, reduced, repurposed, or recycled so guess what..?  It’s off to special landfills they go. And guess what else..?  They’re already running out of these special landfill spaces for the blades that have already exceeded their usefulness.  Seriously!  Those blades are anywhere from 120 ft. to over 200 ft. long, and there are 3 per turbine.  And that’s with only 7% of the nation currently being supplied with wind energy.  Just imagine if we had the other 93% of the nation on the wind grid… 20 years from now you’d have all those unusable blades with no place to put them… Then 20 years after that, and 20 years after that, and so on.   Hello there, how green is that?

Oops, I almost forgot about the 500,000 birds that are killed each year from wind turbine blade collisions, most of which are endangered hawks, falcons, owls, geese, ducks, and eagles.  Apparently smaller birds are more agile and able to dart and dodge out of the way of the spinning blades, whereas the larger soaring birds aren’t so lucky.   I’m sure the wildlife conservationist folks are just ecstatic about that.  I’m so glad the wind energy people are looking out for the world.

Here’s another little problem with windmills-
The generator and switching equipment operate at high power and voltage.  Everything in the windmill nacelle (look it up) is compact due to limited space, so there’s danger of arcs and electrical fires.  This is prevented by putting all the electrical equipment in a pressure vessel filled with sulfur hexafluoride, a synthetic gas that has dielectric properties that suppress arcs and fires.   Problem is, windmills leak this gas, something around a pound each per year.  SF6 has an atmospheric lifetime of 3,200 years and is 22,800 times more effective as a greenhouse gas than carbon.

Think about it!

THIS IS ANOTHER ITEM THAT FALLS INTO THE CATEGORY OF, ‘WE DIDN’T THINK THIS THROUGH’

6 COMMENTS

  1. I can remember driving through parts of California ()north east) in the late 70s and seeing the derelict wind turbines then. I have no idea what it looks like now. I hope they have been removed. The talk at the time was they were just a tax dodge for the wealthy professional people.

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  2. The only economic use for wind mills are for those remote buildings and usage where it would not be economic for connection to the main grid power grid. Everything else requires some sort of subsidy to enable it to work. That’s not what I call sustainable.

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  3. I always thought tidal was a better idea. They were going to try it on the Kaipara a while back but the greenies put a stop to it. I know a bloke who invented one a few years ago, he got hold of 2 pontoons about 30 feet long and put a paddle wheel between them and a shed on it for the generator. He had it sitting in a channel up the Whangarei harbour, he had it tied to a mooring with an anchor tethering it so it could only swing one way when the tide changed. Apparently it was quite successful but I haven’t seen him for a few years so I’m not sure what happened to it.

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    • Tarquin, it was not only the Greenies but the local IWI who mainly objected. It was a great idea that would basically work 24 hours per day 365 days of the year. It was to be sited at the Graveyard at the entrance to Kaipara Harbour (the largest navigable harbour in the southern hemisphere) and took up little area. But no, the early settler obviously did not get any coin out of it so it was goodbye to a good idea.

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