Growing up, I spent much of every summer and later, fall and winter in Lowell, Vermont and so have a certain interest in the 452′ wind towers the state has installed on nearby Lowell Mountain. When I heard yesterday that the project was a complete failure, I was unsurprised but intrigued.
So I looked it up:
Everyone involved, except Vermont tax payers, has made out like bandits, with subsidies, tax credits and handouts (little sleepy Lowell is being paid $500,000 a year so their cows will feel better about having windmills on the horizon, though neighboring towns get nothing).
Renewables aficionados, legislators, renewables vendors, project developers, financiers and others clamoring for wind energy appear to have no idea regarding the costs and the impacts on the quality of life (noise, visual, psychological and health), property values and the environment due to reorganizing the New England electric grid towards accommodating wind energy and balancing energy in a such major way.
I understand that windpower enthusiasts were surprised and disappointed that so many people ended up feeding richly at the trough, and they blame “corporations” for that – they’re partially right, but everybody piled into this boondoggle that produces no useful energy but passes cash around to the more-equal pigs. Friends of Obama aren’t the only ones who have flocked to the Green Mountain State with hands outstretched, but they certainly led the way. What the propeller beanie crowd doesn’t understand, yet, is that the green energy movement is run by and for the benefit of the powerful, and uses useful idiots like them to whoop through their projects thorough on their way to the bank.
Religion trumps reason, always, and it’s the priests who grow fat.