A recent article in the US&J, “NY looks to the wind” by Joe Mahoney, was full of half-truths and misinformation.
There is nothing “free,” “clean,” or “green” about industrial wind. Quite the contrary, the true costs of industrial wind development are astronomical. Yet, the wishful thinking of Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and “green” ideologues who benefit from this massive taxpayer and ratepayer rip-off have been repeatedly unquestioned by many in the media for years.
Mahoney’s article highlighted Cuomo’s approval of the proposed offshore wind factory off Montauk, saying, “The offshore ‘wind farm’ could be a symbol of how the state can meet Cuomo’s ambitious goal of getting half of New York’s energy from carbon-free sources by 2030. Now, those sources represent about 23 percent of the state’s energy draw.”
That statement is inaccurate. New York’s hydropower supplies about 23 percent by itself, and emissions-free nuclear power supplies another 30 percent. “Other Renewables” (i.e. wind, solar, biofuels, geothermal, etc.) provide another 3 percent.
Clearly, current hydro and nuclear power supplies alone in New York are already exceeding Cuomo’s emissions-free target of 50 percent, but for some reason, emissions-free nuclear is not counted toward the “emissions-free” goal.
Most infuriating for taxpayers is the fact that the state was already getting about 50 percent of its electricity from emissions-free sources back in 2000 — before Cuomo & Co. began throwing billions into the wind, plastering rural New York with these bird-slaughtering lemons, as reported at masterresource.org.
As government officials continue to throw billions more into the wind, the question that needs to be asked by everyone is: Where is the scientific proof that wind energy is a net societal benefit?
The answer is that there is no such scientific proof. None. However, there is much proof that development of sprawling, unreliable, industrial wind factories has been detrimental across the nation, and the world. President Obama even had to approve 30-year eagle kill permits to accommodate the bird-slaughtering wind industry.
Cuomo’s pie-in-the-sky “green” energy policy is bereft of any realistic assessment of the expensive lessons already learned in Europe and elsewhere. Results include “skyrocketing” electricity rates, industries fleeing, two to four jobs lost for every “green” job created, destroyed habitats, birds and bats slaughtered, property devaluation, etc.
Yet, Cuomo, President Obama and Hillary Clinton continue to push the same “green” mess. They demonize fossil fuel and promise to rid us of it, while the truth is the availability of reliable, affordable power thanks to fossil fuels is directly correlated with improved health and longevity in the U.S., as explained by Alex Epstein in his book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.
Why do they continue to push such an obvious failure? Simple. “It’s all about the money.”
Manhattan Institute scholar Robert Bryce reported that the wind industry has garnered $176 billion of crony-capitalism in the U.S. No wonder the American Wind Energy Association spends over $20 million a year lobbying for more. Big wind and the big banks that back them are playing the system to tap into taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ wallets, while the crony-politicians who enable the deal get hefty “campaign donations” in return. The greatest Ponzi schemes of all time pale in comparison to the eco-heist these “Green Gangsters” are pulling off.
Industrial wind was initiated in the U.S. by Enron as a tax-shelter generating scheme. Nothing about that has changed. Big Wind enriches the .01 percent at taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ expense. Just ask Warren Buffett, who said, “We get tax credits if we build ‘wind farms.’ That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credits.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was correct when he said in regard to our nation’s economic demise, “America is being auctioned off to the highest bidder.” The industrial wind blight across America exemplifies this sad reality.
Contact your elected representatives and tell them to stop wasting our money on the environmentally destructive consumer fraud that is industrial wind. If they won’t, vote the bums out.
Mary Kay Barton