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  1. richard verney says:

    Was it a windy day?

    • arn says:

      Static windmills are the status quo where i live.
      One can say 2 out of 3 i see are not moving.

      Maybe it is a regional thing but i guess people will be “surprised” when they find out that we need 3* more windmills than experts calculated.
      Wonder where the money will come from

      • Mike McKeaney says:

        Wonder where the land will come from!

      • MGJ says:

        It would be no big surprise if they started to motorize the windmills so that they don’t appear stationary to the plebs as they pass by. All for good scientific reasons, of course.

  2. R Shearer says:

    I think 2 of the 3 of the stacks are no longer used as the Valmont Station power plant was converted entirely to natural gas a couple of years ago.

    The wind turbines are at NREL’s test facility just south of Boulder, which has variable, sometimes extreme wind. It was never meant to generate power consistently but serves as a research station.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Tony picked a misleading time for the video. It doesn’t show a single Tesla or Nissan Leaf driving past NREL on CO-128 but I saw one of each over there just a few weeks ago. Boulder progressives have not given up on the planet and they are going to save it no matter what.

      And their EVs can rescue each other. Things are looking up.

      • R Shearer says:

        Most Tesla owners have more money than brains.

        Tesla will most likely be out of business or acquired in a distressed condition. Nissan makes good cars and trucks, especially of the fossil fuel powered variety. Maybe the required battery breakthrough will happen.

        • Colorado Wellington says:

          The Tesla devotees are a weird congregation.

          German Automakers Criticized for Not Building Electric Cars ‘Half as Sexy as Tesla’

          German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier is fed up with his country only building frumpy electric cars.

          https://www.thedrive.com/news/25006/german-automakers-criticized-for-not-building-electric-cars-half-as-sexy-as-tesla

          And German automakers believe that the people should get what they want, good and hard.

          Increasing the number of electric cars on the road is pivotal to reach ambitious goals in the European Union to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and requires the expansion of charging infrastructure, VDA President Bernhard Mattes said Saturday in a statement.

          “The ramp-up of electric mobility is coming in Europe,” said Mattes, who is a former head of Ford’s German business. “Without it, the EU’s CO2 targets cannot be achieved by 2030,” he said, calling for what he called appropriate regulatory conditions across Europe.

          https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/german-industry-invest-68-billion-electric-cars-and-automation

          This will be fun to watch.

          How to Tell If Your Neighbors Are Stealing Your Electricity

          https://budgeting.thenest.com/tell-neighbors-stealing-electricity-23764.html

          • R Shearer says:

            The uneducated are gullible, but the educated are really gullible. I like the article on telling if your neighbor is stealing electricity. :)

            “Why is your clothes line plugged into this outlet of mine?”

          • Colorado Wellington says:

            I just spoke to my old German friends. Forgot to ask how is this scheme going to work.

            The government will mandate all new cars sold in Germany to be electric. The Germans will have to use their control of the EU to force all Mediterranean countries and everyone in between to build charging infrastructure so the proud new EV owners can travel and vacation there. For decades, Germany has already been running staggered summer school break and vacation schedules coordinated among the federal states so they don’t completely choke their highways during the exodus. Now they plan to create waves of electricity demand as the tourist crowds move around. The lines at the charging stations will be fun to watch.

            https://www.schulferien.org/deutschland/ferien/2019

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM8dCJB6AZA

          • R Shearer says:

            I wonder if the Germans can be persuaded to take a path that may kill millions and lead to their own destruction.

    • rah says:

      But NONE of the stacks are smoking and the air is clear.

      • R Shearer says:

        An amazing thing is that that plant was once the largest power plant in the Western U.S.

        I’m thinking that none of the 3 large stacks are used today and the natural gas stacks are hidden from view by the trees in the picture. The apparent lack of emissions is a testament to how cleanly natural gas burns.

  3. richard says:

    Off piste – again but just took a look to see how the so called extreme weather is effecting the shipping industry. Obviously at sea is a dangerous occupation.

    “Shipping losses declined by a record level of more than 50% year-on-year from 98 in 2017, driven by a significant fall in hotspots around the world and weather-related losses halving after a quieter year of hurricane and typhoon activity. The 2018 loss year is exceptional compared with the rolling 10-year loss average of 104 (down by 55%)”

    https://www.marinelink.com/news/shipping-losses-declines-466912

  4. Thomas Robbins says:

    Has anybody even thought of how all these wind energy using bohemiths, if rolled out on a scale necessary to be completely renewable, will impact winds and local weather? We already know large farms increase the temp within the local area by 1 to 2 degrees C, and alter rainfall patterns – there is no free ride for anything. Birds killed, they will never in their lifetime with construction, maintenance, and no wind periods, come close to nullifying the c02 that goes into building them, maintenance, and running cost. Almost as dumb as Bio-Fuels!!

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