Bird Choppers

The city of Boulder wants to replace their incredibly clean reliable fossil fuel power plant with these useless bird choppers. Note the raptor on the left side of the picture.

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Fortunately the blades aren’t spinning. Here is ten minutes of time lapse.

And this is our 100% reliable electricity supply, which they want to eliminate.

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29 Responses to Bird Choppers

  1. Andy DC says:

    That is just expressing their devotion to a New Age cult, while accomplishing very little that is beneficial.

  2. Steve Case says:

    Off Topic:

    Storm Hermine’s damage fueled by global warming, scientists say

    Hmmm, date is Sunday 4 September 2016 08.45 EDT

    Does the period. (08.45) instead of the colon (08:45) mean AM? Well anyway, the claim was certainly expected but I’d say a little overdue.

  3. Bloke down the pub says:

    Well at least when they’re motionless they’re not chomping birds.

  4. Steve Case says:

    It just occurred to me. Why does the left push wind farms and not residential solar? What is it about residential solar that doesn’t appeal to their world view. Well if you have a solar set-up you can if you choose be off the grid. That is to say you would be independent with respect to your electric energy. To some degree you would be free. And that boys and girls is probably what sticks in their craw. They really don’t want you to be free. They don’t want to lose control over your energy needs.

    There are a lot of positive things to say about residential solar. No need to have a long string of wires on poles leading to your place; with cell phones the poles would disappear. No power failures from lightning or wind except for a direct hit. No fear of brown outs or other interruption produced by the poor planning from the usual crowd. You would be responsible for operation and maintenance no dependence on government controlled bureaucrats. You wouldn’t have to kiss up to them to get serviced. Yeah, I think I know why residential solar isn’t pushed.

    • Analitik says:

      Rubbish. Residential solar will reduce demand on sunny days and do next to nothing when cloudy. Then there’s that pesky night time. The variations drive the utilities nuts having to cope with the demand changes. Read about the California “duck curve”

      And if you think you can overbuild and store the excess, work out the costs for enough battery storage to last a week (or even a weekend) of bad weather.

      There’s plenty of push for solar PV and again, it’s mostly profiteering by the likes of Elon Musk and his cousins.

    • Griff says:

      Look at Germany – it has both wind farms and residential solar… and it has solar farms (many on old soviet airfields and polluted military training areas).

      The UK also has both – with wind producing more in the winter and solar in summer. Nicely complementary.

      In fact the answer is, everywhere promotes both solutions.

      • Tim A says:

        Ummm….look at Germany….now there’s a progressive nightmare enacted in real time….

      • Gail Combs says:

        We HAVE looked at Germany.

        When the Germans mess something up, they do it properly

        Electricity bills are now twice the price of those in North America, and some 800,000 poor people had their power cut off because they can’t pay their bills. Despite the high prices, gas power has become uneconomic, even though it is one the best methods for dealing with the erratic energy delivered from wind and solar. Nuclear can’t save them, they will have none after 2022 when the last reactor turns off.

        Germany’s renewable energy levy, which subsidizes green energy production, rose from 14 billion euros to 20 billion euros in just one year as a result of the fierce expansion of wind and solar power projects. Since the introduction of the levy in 2000, the electricity bill of the typical German consumer has doubled.

        As wealthy homeowners and business owners install wind turbines on their land and solar panels on their homes and commercial buildings, low-income families all over Europe have had to foot the skyrocketing electric bills. Many can no longer afford to pay, so the utilities are cutting off their power. The German Association of Energy Consumers estimates that up to 800,000 Germans have had their power cut off because they were unable to pay the country’s rising electricity bill.

        Tree Theft on the Rise in Germany as Heating Costs Increase

        Wind and solar power nearly fried Germany’s power grid Sunday

        …Germany is phasing out its nuclear plants in favor of wind and solar energy backed-up by coal power. The government’s transition to these intermittent green energy technologies is causing havoc with its electric grid and that of its neighbors–countries that are now building switches to turn off their connection with Germany at their borders. The intermittent power is causing destabilization of the electric grids causing potential blackouts, weakening voltage and causing damage to industrial equipment.

        The instability of the electric grid is just one of many issues that the German government is facing regarding its move to intermittent renewable technologies. As we have previously reported, residential electricity prices in Germany are some of the highest in Europe and are increasing dramatically …. link

        Sorry dude we are not ignorant head up the rear progressives that you can toss pig feces at.

  5. Latitude says:

    Reflex cough is not uncommon after a stroke or neurological damage….

    Hillary Clinton Started To Cough Violently In Cleveland, Ohio

  6. J Graham says:

    You bet – just like this…..

  7. CapitalistRoader says:

    What a waste of capital, especially considering it hit 90°F where those windmills are located, producing 0.0MW of power.

  8. Gail Combs says:

    The bat-chomping bird-slicing eco-crucifixes have one very useful characteristic. They are absolutely great at transferring wealth from taxpayers to obama’s campaign funding bundlers and the rest of his buddies. AKA the $831 billion stimulus ( $40 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs)

    As of 2010 the actual Stimulus price tag: $2.8 trillion

    Since 2009, 112 solar energy companies in the United States and European Union have declared bankruptcy, closed their doors or been acquired by competitors… To date [12/2014], 76 solar companies have “closed, gone bankrupt, become insolvent” and another 36 have “ended up in assignment for benefit of creditors, or have been acquired in less than positive circumstances,”

    (Do not forget that US bank bailout money was sent to the EU to bailout European banks too.)

    • Sparks says:

      No it wasn’t

    • Sparks says:

      How can you send money?? unless it was worthless debt!!

    • Sparks says:

      You’re not sharing the wealth, you’re spreading the debt.

      • Gail Combs says:

        The European debt was transferred from the EU to the American tax payer even though we are supposedly not part of the EU.

        June 2007 – The European Union and the United States recently announced the signing of a Framework for Advancing Transatlantic Economic Integration at a summit in Washington. Describing the agreement as “a statement of the importance of trade”, President Bush, speaking at the post-summit press conference, claimed that it was “a commitment to eliminating barriers to trade” and “a recognition that the closer that the United States and the EU become, the better off our people become.”

        MAY 2016

        US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad and European Commissioner Jonathan Hill have agreed on a common approach to harmonizing transatlantic regulations regarding the central clearing of derivatives by clearing houses, or central clearing counterparties (CCPs). This historic agreement allows market participants to utilize clearing infrastructures in both the US and Europe and assures a level playing field for US and EU CCPs.

        Prior to this agreement, US and EU regulators had been unable to unite their efforts to regulate CCPs under a unified regulatory regime….

        Slowly the ‘Trade Agreements’ are achieving the globalist goal.

        Where is globalization headed? This is probably the central question of our time.

        As globalization transforms the world — creating new wealth, new innovations, new opportunities, new dreams — it is also creating new insecurities….

        The reality is that, so far, we have largely failed to articulate a clear and compelling vision of why a new global order matters — and where the world should be headed. Half a century ago, those who designed the post-war system — the United Nations, the Bretton Woods system, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) — were deeply influenced by the shared lessons of history.

        All had lived through the chaos of the 1930s — when turning inwards led to economic depression, nationalism and war. All, including the defeated powers, agreed that the road to peace lay with building a new international order — and an approach to international relations that questioned the Westphalian, sacrosanct principle of sovereignty — rooted in freedom, openness, prosperity and interdependence.….

        So where is the world headed? Towards more globalization, not less. Towards deeper integration, wider cooperation, an even greater sharing of responsibilities and interests.

        Governing this globalized world can be messy and frustrating. But the fiction that there is an alternative is naïve and dangerous. Naïve because it ignores that we are becoming more — not less — dependent on one another. Dangerous because it risks plunging us back to our divided past — with all of its conflicts and tragedies.

        This article was adapted from Pascal Lamy’s speech, “Whither Globalization,” presented at the Council for the United States and Italy conference in Venice, on June 4, 2011

        Articles by Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organization make it very clear that Bush’s ‘New World Order’ is not a fantasy but a goal.

        • AndyG55 says:

          I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t my country to be over-lorded by a pack of third world hyenas.

          The ones we have already, are bad enough. !

        • Sparks says:

          Gail said; “European debt was transferred from the EU to the American tax payer You obviously have no concept of the word “debt” most Europeans and uk citizens like myself have never been in the red. everrrr. lol

        • Sparks says:

          Gail said; “European debt was transferred from the EU to the American tax payer”

          You obviously have no concept of the word “debt” most Europeans and uk citizens like myself have never been in the red. everrrr. lol

  9. Andy says:

    Is that someone shooting a bear in the foreground?


    • Tim A says:

      Is that supposed to mean something? OK…..we give up.From now on we’ll automatically attach moron in our minds when we see Andy. We hear your desperate cry.

      • Gail Combs says:

        Maybe that is the new “Look a squirrel!” used by the progressives to change the subject so they do not have to face reality.

      • Colorado Wellington says:

        You were both too quick to ridicule him. Boulder Progressives understand this is a serious problem. The place is crawling with cute bears but Republicans and other bad people want to go out and shoot them.

        And the prairie dogs. Especially the prairie dogs.

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