We support alternative energies — but not indiscriminately

This list below was created by a New Yorker to help a community based NY citizens group fight a Lake Ontario near shore industrial wind turbine project proposed for in Niagara and Orleans counties, New York.

But it can assist most citizen groups across America, Canada, Mexico, and Central America to protect their communities which are under siege from huge IWT projects.

 Mary Kay Barton: put together the bullet-point summary on wind (below) for people whowanted a quick list of the facts. Most of the bullet points contain links to references for those who are so inclined to do further research.

I put together the bullet-point summary on wind (below) for people who wanted a quick list of the facts. Most of the bullet points contain links to references for those who are so inclined to do further research.


There are a number of good books and websites that you could add to a page for “Recommended Reading.” The one I usually refer people to to get a quick education on energy is: [1]

Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future [2]




~ Industrial Wind turbines are being sold under the pretense that they will significantly reduce CO2 emissions, and thereby help avoid Global Warming. Yet, 30 years into subsidizing the building of wind factories off the backs of taxpayers and ratepayers has proven otherwise.

~ With approximately 250,000 industrial wind turbines installed
worldwide today (45,100 turbines totaling over 60GW of installed wind
projects in the USA, according to AWEA), CO2 emissions [3] have NOT been
significantly reduced, nor has a single conventional generation plant –
including coal, been decommissioned anywhere thanks to industrial wind. (See:_ WIND TURBINES ARE CLIMATE_-_CHANGE SCARECROWS_ [4], by Robert

~ The BROOKINGS INSTITUTE reports that ” WIND AND SOLAR ARE THE WORST [5]” way to reduce CO2.

~ Due to the unreliable, erratic, and volatile nature of wind,
industrial wind turbines need constant “shadow capacity” from our
reliable, dispatchable generators – that is, if you want to be sure the
lights will come on when you flick the switch. Thus, as Big Wind CEO, Patrick Jenevein candidly admitted, “CONSUMERS END UP PAYING TWICE FOR THE SAME PRODUCT.” [6]

~ As President Obama forewarned, his ‘green’ energy policy will
cause electricity rates to “necessarily skyrocket [7],” which
ultimately hurts the poor the most. Lawmakers who support wind welfare [8] programs are in effect complicit in the president’s plan.

~ All things considered, including demand levels and import/exports -the more wind installations we add, the more we must add fossil-fueled generation.


~ Adding wind as a supplement to our conventional generating system requires so much supplementation that in many areas of the country, adding wind actually causes increased CO2 emissions in the production of electricity than would be the case with no wind at all. Iowa exemplifies this — AS IOWA’S INSTALLED WIND CAPACITY HAS INCREASED OVER RECENT YEARS, SO HAS THEIR COAL USE AND CO2 EMISSIONS [10].

~ ONE (1) 450 MW gas-fired Combined Cycle Generating Unit located at New York City (where the power is needed in New York State), would provide MORE POWER THAN ALL OF NEW YORK STATE’S 16 INSTALLED WIND FACTORIES COMBINED, AT 1/4 OF THE CAPITAL COSTS [11] — and would have significantly reduced CO2 emissions [12] and created far more jobs [13]
than all those wind farms – without all the added costs [14]
(economic, environmental, and civil) of all the transmission lines that
must be added across the state to New York City.

~ Industrial wind supplies electricity, and therefore, has nothing to
do with our “foreign oil dependence” created by gasoline and diesel fuel needs.

~ 4,000 – 6,000 pounds of rare earth elements are required per
turbine, producing disastrous ecological results [15] in China, where
the rare earth elements are being mined.

~ In many low-wind areas of the country (ie: New York State),
Industrial Wind Turbines do NOT [16] produce enough power to pay for themselves over their very short, 5 – 13 year lifespans [17].

~ The average output of many wind factories is less than 25% [18] –
many days, providing nothing at all.

~ Studies from those long-invested in wind power in Spain and
elsewhere have shown that 2 – 4 jobs are LOST [19] in the rest of the
economy, in large part due to the associated “necessarily skyrocketing” electricity rates President Obama forewarned would accompany his ‘green’ energy policy.

~ Consider GE’s Shepard’s Flat Wind Factory, at which each ‘job
created’ was shown to cost taxpayers $16.3 MILLION [20] – exorbitantly expensive jobs for a product which is neither “reliable,” nor “efficient” – two professed requirements of the “sustainability [21]” movement.

~ Wind technology has proven to be effective only as a tax shelter
generator for large corporations in need of an increased bottom line –
just as it was originally designed to do by ENRON, the trailblazer for
industrial wind in the U.S.

~ Two of the largest wind holding corporations – GE and Florida Power & Light – have paid NO federal income taxes in the U.S. in years, in large measure because of their “investment” in wind.

~ Warren Buffett [22] candidly admitted [23], “We get tax credits if
we build ‘windfarms.’ That’s the only reason to build them. They
don’t make sense otherwise.”

~ The sprawling footprints of industrial wind factories cover vast
swaths of land, causing massive Habitat Fragmentation (habitat loss has been sited as major reason for species extinction).

~ Billionaire Texas gas and oilman, T. Boone Pickens, was a strong
proponent of building a wind energy facility with over 2000 wind
turbines in the central United States. Fast Company magazine [24]
interviewed Pickens about it.

FAST COMPANY: “And you’ll do all this on your beautiful 68,000-acre ranch?” PICKENS: “I’m not going to have the windmills on my ranch. THEY’RE UGLY. The hub of each turbine is up 280 feet, and then you have a 120-foot radius on the blade. It’s the size of a 40-story building.” _(Note: Turbines being proposed today in rural-residential areas are MUCH bigger – as high as 600 feet, with blades weighing


11 TONS each.)_

~ Mathematically, it would take more than 3000 wind turbines rated at 2 MW each, spread over 800 kilometers (approximately 500 miles), to equal the energy from one 1600 MW coal or nuclear plant. But even after covering 500 sq miles with industrial wind turbines, it still would NOT replace the need for those conventional generating units since wind turbines can produce no effective (or firm) capacity [25].

~ Wind, paired with natural gas (the most flexible generating system), can offset a mere fraction more CO2 emissions than could be achieved with the gas unit alone – without any wind at all. Wind represents redundant generation, although it would generate capital costs [26] more than triple the cost of the gas unit. With wind, the country gets one electricity production system for the cost of two.

~ Wind can neither be a functional alternative, nor additive energy
source. Wind energy is so diffuse that no machine can convert it to
modern power. (See: Understanding E = mc2 [27])

~ Studies have shown that MILLIONS [28] of birds and bats are being killed every year by these giant “Cuisinarts of the air,” as a Sierra official dubbed industrial wind turbines in a moment of candor.

~ President Obama recently gave industrial wind developers a 30 year free pass to slaughter eagles without penalty [29], while all other energy sources are fined tens of thousands of dollars and more per bird death.  of birds and bats are being killed every year by these giant “Cuisinarts of the air,” as a Sierra official dubbed industrial wind turbines in a moment of candor.

~ President Obama recently gave industrial wind developers a 30 year free pass to slaughter eagles without penalty [30], while all other energy sources are fined tens of thousands of dollars and more per bird death.

~ Industrial wind installations significantly interfere with both
military and weather radar, severely compromising both homeland security and weather advisory systems that would otherwise serve to protect American citizens.

~ Big Wind Corporations looking to cut corners have been caught using old Bethlehem Steel brown-field slag as fill in access roads which run amongst croplands in western NY.

~ Personal health [31] and property value losses [32] by those who end up stuck living within the massive footprints of industrial wind
factories ARE significant and growing world-wide, yet are being ignored by most of the media, ‘green’ enthusiasts, and over 80% of the U.S. population who live within big city limits and are oblivious to the detrimental effects being wrought on rural America thanks to the ‘green’ “Emperor Who Wore No Clothes.”

~ Suggesting proper ‘siting guidelines’ for wind factories is akin to
suggesting building larger closets for the “Emperor With No Clothes.”

~ In Wisconsin, the negative health effects associated with living too close to industrial wind factories have caused many people to actually abandon their homes, leading the Wisconsin Board of Health to declare Duke Energy’s wind turbines a ” HUMAN HEALTH HAZARD [33].”

~ Let’s be real – Would you buy and move YOUR family into a home
surrounded by 450 – 500+ foot tall industrial wind turbines, with their 164 foot-long, 11-TON, bird-chopping blades spinning overhead – only hundreds of feet from YOUR home on all sides? I have yet to meet anyone who would.

~ Studies have shown, and any realtor worth his oats will tell you,
there are significant property value losses (10% – 25% and more),
depending on the proximity to the wind turbines. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION [34]!!! Could you and your family afford to take that kind of loss on YOUR home?

~ Why would anyone in their right mind support imposing this TORTURE [35] on their fellow Americans??? It is shameful, criminal, and un-American! These peoples’ most expensive life investments – their homes, have been rendered virtually worthless.

~ Would you take your family to vacation amongst the footprint of
industrial wind factories? Neither would most anyone else – which ruins the tourism trade many scenic rural areas across rural America depend on, especially in this flailing economy. The only ones getting rich in this scenario are the multi-national wind developers. The rich are getting richer at the rest of our expense for a useless product.

~ Besides rendering these folks’ homes virtually worthless, the fact
that American citizens are being assaulted with their own taxpayer and ratepayer dollars (which are subsidizing the building of these wind factories to the tune of 80% of the total costs), is blatant theft of both their money and their Constitutional private property rights [36]. Again I say – It is shameful, criminal, and un-American!

~ Corporate cronies push the “All of the Above” nonsense, while what U.S. taxpayers and ratepayers really need is an ” ALL OF THE SENSIBLE [37]” energy policy. Industrial Wind does NOT make the cut!

_Mary Kay Barton is a retired health educator, New York State small business owner, Cornell-certified Master Gardener, and is a tireless advocate for scientifically sound, affordable, and reliable electricity for all Americans. She has served over the past decade in local Water Quality organizations and enjoys gardening and birding in her National Wildlife Federation “Backyard Wildlife Habitat.”_


[1] http://www.amazon.com/Power-Hungry-Myths-Energy-Future/dp/1586489534/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329410947&sr=1-1
[2] http://www.amazon.com/Power-Hungry-Myths-Energy-Future/dp/1586489534/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329410947&sr=1-1
[3] http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/exclusive-the-main-thing-being-produced-by-uk-offshore-wind-farms-rust-and-co2/
[4] http://www.nationalreview.com/nro-energy/364885/wind-turbines-are-climate-change-scarecrows-robert-bryce
[5] http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2014/6/19/wind-and-solar-are-worst.html
[6] https://www.masterresource.org/grassroots-opposition/new-york-wind-wars/
[7] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlTxGHn4sH4
[8] https://www.masterresource.org/promises-versus-reality/end-wind-welfare-advocacy-campaign/
[9] http://thedailynewsonline.com/opinion/article_a3fcdb1a-bbe7-11e2-bff7-0019bb2963f4.html
[10] http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/01/11/iowa-carbon-emissions-despite-wind-industry-growth
[11] http://www.masterresource.org/2013/08/beyond-wind-spin-miami-herald-rebuttal/
[12] http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/2013/07/16/green-energy-subsidies-do-nothing-to-curb-co2-emissions/
[13] http://www.americanenergyalliance.org/2013/03/report-big-winds-bogus-jobs-numbers/
[14] http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2012/12/21/why-its-the-end-of-the-line-for-wind-power/
[15] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1350811/In-China-true-cost-Britains-clean-green-wind-power-experiment-Pollution-disastrous-scale.html
[16] http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20130214/OPINION04/702149967/1018/OPINION
[17] http://www.windtech-international.com/articles/prognostics-extends-wind-turbine-life
[18] http://www.masterresource.org/2013/09/new-york-wind-wars/
[19] http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/uploads/Calzada-Spain-jobs-renewables.pdf
[20] http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/279802/america-s-worst-wind-energy-project-robert-bryce
[21] http://www.masterresource.org/2013/03/new-york-energy-plannin/
[22] http://nlpc.org/stories/2014/05/21/how-warren-buffet-fleeces-consumers-taxpayers-through-wind-energy
[23] http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/06/warren-buffett-i-build-wind-turbines-to-lower-my-corporate-taxes/
[24] http://www.fastcompany.com/849689/texas-oil-tycoon-tackles-renewable-energy
[25] http://www.masterresource.org/2010/09/wind-not-power-iii/
[26] http://www.masterresource.org/2013/08/beyond-wind-spin-miami-herald-rebuttal/
[27] http://www.energytribune.com/2771/understanding-e-mc2#sthash.5sNBbdf4.CM2WBBB6.dpbs
[28] http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/us-windfarms-kill-10-20-times-more-than-previously-thought.html
[29] http://www.nationalreview.com/article/386394/bye-bye-birdie-jillian-kay-melchior
[30] http://www.nationalreview.com/article/386394/bye-bye-birdie-jillian-kay-melchior
[31] https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013/07/26/wind-turbines-are-a-human-health-hazard-the-smoking-gun/
[32] http://www.northnet.org/brvmug/WindPower/REValues.pdf
[33] https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2014/10/16/duke-energys-shirley-wind-turbines-declared-a-human-health-hazard/
[34] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3348084/Homeowners-living-near-windfarms-see-property-values-plummet.html
[35] http://vimeopro.com/user8792371/windwise
[36] http://americanpolicy.org/2012/11/07/private-property-rights-defined/
[37] http://www.wiseenergy.org/

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