Environmental Movement Hijacked

The Rawhide Generating Station in Northern Colorado is scheduled to shut down by 2030, and be replaced by “green energy.”

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I used to ride my bicycle up there regularly when I lived in Fort Collins, and it was surrounded by miles of prairie and Pronghorns.  That prairie has been destroyed and replaced by solar panels.  This what the area looked like this morning – massive arrays of solar panels covered in snow at -10F. The coal fired plant was putting out a small amount of water vapor under spectacular blue skies.

There has been no wind here for days, so the residents of Northern Colorado have been completely dependent on coal power to stay alive during the record cold.  Just across the border in Cheyenne, we had our coldest Valentines Day on record and coldest afternoon ever this late in winter.

Three days ago,  the Biden administration was bragging about wind power in Texas.

Wind power produced up to two thirds of Texas’s energy output in 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration. In total, the Lone Star State generated about 29,407 MWs of wind power, installing 2,197 MWs in 2020 – meaning that if Texas were a country, it would rank fifth in the world for wind power capacity, some estimates say.

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Today they have millions of people without power because of reliance on wind .

“Nearly half of Texas’ installed wind power generation capacity has been offline because of frozen wind turbines in West Texas, according to Texas grid operators.”

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I took these pictures over the Midwest on January 7, 2018 during the coldest start to a year on record. The wind turbines were motionless, and the steam from the power plants was rising vertically due to dead calm winds.

Washington DC got down to -17C and was frozen solid.

Wind power also fails during the hottest times in summer.

Britain Has Gone Nine Days Without Wind Power – Bloomberg

Green energy is not reliable and is also very destructive.

U.S. to give 30-year wind farm permits; thousands of eagle deaths seen – Reuters

Center For Biological Diversity

I went to a talk at an Audubon bird rescue facility in Phoenix on January 13, 2019, and pressed them about wind farms killing thousands of eagles. They acknowledged it was true and provided some details, but said it was a tough trade off between “clean energy” and dead birds.

I then asked why hunters go to jail for killing eagles, and wind farm operators don’t – and they of course blamed President Trump for choosing jobs over the environment. So I responded with “are you saying President Trump is promoting wind farms?”  They quickly changed the subject.

Here are some of the birds they rescued.

  

Coal fired power plants used to generate a lot of pollution in the US, but we resolved that problem 50 years ago.

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Solar and wind are not reliable. And there is one more piece to the green energy equation – hydroelectric.

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Sixty years ago, hydroelectric power was the number one target of environmentalists. The building of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River destroyed one of America’s most spectacular locations.

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The building of Glen Canyon Dam inspired Edward Abbey to write “The Monkey Wrench Gang” – a fictional story about a band of eco-warriors who target industrial development in the southwest, and Glen Canyon Dam in particular.

Wind farms, solar farms and hydroelectric dams would all have been considered unacceptable by environmentalists 60 years ago – but a campaign of fearmongering about CO2 hijacked the environmental movement and turned them against all their core values. Environmentalists used to fight against actual air pollution, but now they campaign against harmless water vapor and invisible CO2.

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11 Responses to Environmental Movement Hijacked

  1. G W Smith says:

    It’s all in the way it’s promoted which brainwashes people to vote the way they do. Science be damned.

  2. Michael Spencer says:

    A fantastic compilation of nasty facts exposing fantasy Tony! The big problem is that climate change ‘believers’ will refuse to look at this collection of evidence, and would rather condemn you as a ‘denier’! (Fingers in ears, with eyes closed, singing: “La! La! La! La! I can’t hear you!”)

    And then there’s this possibility: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/media/SaveThePlanetStart.pdf which has been banned in Australia for years, due to ignorance and political stupidity (not that you have any of those qualities in the U.S.!). But we can’t have that – can we? (Or the pipeline from Canada? Oh, no, no, no, no!)

  3. Conrad Ziefle says:

    So what happens when a city contracts for renewable energy, and in the middle of the winter it doesn’t get delivered? I guess after a week of freezing, having all your water pipes burst, and not being able to flush the toilet. maybe you would question what your community leaders got you to buy into and you might organize a mob to attend the next city council meeting. Foolish leftist extremists began to believe their own press about global warming and felt they could shut down fossil fuels for real. They forgot the main principle of such scams, which is : Never quite get in control of the thing you are protesting, because then you become responsible for what happens next.

    • DM says:

      Ask Georgetown’s (TX) municipal electrical utility customers. The utility went “100% renewable” years ago. Doing so caused rates to soar. Perhaps freezing in the dark, listening to pipes burst and watching children suffer now will cause the community to DEMAND–finally–a more reliable energy mix.

  4. rah says:

    14 states now with rolling blackouts or having them pending. Thank you unreliable “green energy” and those that shut down reliable fossil fuel plants.

    The way things are going I have decided to pull the trigger on something I have been considering for the last few years, I will get a whole house generator running on NG. If things get real stupid it’s not that difficult to convert to propane.

    BTW Joe Bastardi sure nailed this one. He was forecasting what is happening now long before any of the weather models were showing any hint of it. As soon as he saw the large and strong area of stratospheric warming he was on it!

  5. Gamecock says:

    ‘Wind power produced up to two thirds of Texas’s energy output in 2020’

    How’s that working out for you?

    ‘according to the Energy Information Administration.’

    OMG. The EIA, of all people, don’t know the difference between ‘energy’ and electricity generation.

    Windtards tout their peaks. Electricity service needs to be reliable, or people will die. Windmills are sold on peaks, while people will die on the valleys.

    Wind power can never be more than supplemental. Intermittent production can’t serve continuous demand.

  6. czechlist says:

    The Energy Resource Council of Texas has some some ‘splainin’ to do. This weather has been forecast for a week yet they had too much generation capability cold iron. My power has been on a 10% duty cycle the last 36 hours with 8 hour outages. I have family who have been without power the entire period.
    I recall reading an ERCOT report four years ago that predicted that “green” energy distribution would steal the revenue which would normally be used to maintain and keep traditional power plants on line. ERCOT saw it coming and were still not prepared. They are the Andrew Cuomo of the Texas power grid.

  7. DM says:

    Total electricity generation in TX rapidly dropped 15-20% solely because bad weather slashed wind turbine & solar panel output, per ERCOT.

    Bad weather also limited replacing lost renewable output by firing up more natural gas fired generators. Why? Frigid, windy weather drives up the quantity of nat. gas burned to heat homes & other structures. That, in turn, limits the amount available to generate electricity. Watermelons have known for years about this problem. That shows how much watermelons disdain public welfare.

    Tony, compliments on another great post.

  8. hotwire says:

    My father use to say, be careful what you wish for because you might get it. When you take orders from children the future is filled with the mistakes of the past.

  9. oeman 50 says:

    I saw Rawhide as I was driving up I-25 from Denver to Cheyenne. Because I live on the east coast I was fascinated by everything out west and I came dangerously close to taking too many looks at Rawhide to try to figure how it was laid out.

  10. gregole says:

    And dear leader Jhou Xi-den pledges to get rid of fossil fuels. Good luck with that! Nat gas, clean coal, Nuclear and hydroelectric. We had it all and petroleum independence for a short while under Trump. Now? I wonder if we the people are connecting all the dots yet…

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