Not only do wind farms kill off high-profile bird species like golden and bald eagles and California condors, the farms also cause global warming.


After hundreds of millions in blown taxpayer money and thousands of dead birds the latest research shows that wind farms cause warming.
Reuters reported, via Free Republic:

Large wind farms might have a warming effect on the local climate, research in the United States showed on Sunday, casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power…

…The world’s wind farms last year had the capacity to produce 238 gigawatt of electricity at any one time. That was a 21 percent rise on 2010 and capacity is expected to reach nearly 500 gigawatt by the end of 2016 as more, and bigger, farms spring up, according to the Global Wind Energy Council.

Researchers at the State University of New York at Albany analysed the satellite data of areas around large wind farms in Texas, where four of the world’s largest farms are located, over the period 2003 to 2011.

The results, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, showed a warming trend of up to 0.72 degrees Celsius per decade in areas over the farms, compared with nearby regions without the farms.

“We attribute this warming primarily to wind farms,” the study said. The temperature change could be due to the effects of the energy expelled by farms and the movement and turbulence generated by turbine rotors, it said.

“These changes, if spatially large enough, may have noticeable impacts on local to regional weather and climate,” the authors said.

But the Democrats will continue to dump billions into the costly energy source anyway. It makes them feel good.




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  1. But the Democrats will continue to dump billions into the costly energy source anyway. It makes them feel good.

    Only as long as it’s inefficient and expensive.
    If someone came up with a way to make wind energy efficient enough to compete with nuclear, coal or oil, they would come up with anything they could to ban it. Same with solar and algae, it’s only interesting to them as long as it cost a lot and wont actually produce much.

  2. That is too funny, I guess we will have to attach air conditioners to each windmill in order to cool things down. Or maybe Obama will have to act more “Cool” …… hahahahahahahahaaha

  3. The report neglected to mention that the turbines catch fire thus producing the extra heat. :)

  4. What’s the big problem? I’m sure all those Eagles and Condors are just lowly conservative raptors. The liberal raptors are way to “smart” to fly into the blades. You know, “smart birds”.

  5. Weird science at work…Wind turbines by design are energy extractors and following simply laws of physics the ambient temp should go down instead of up. The authors at Albany college do not have to take physics 101 apparently, and not encouraged to examine data that is irrational

  6. Jim, you absolutely nailed the lefties with that last line, “because it makes them feel good.” It’s all about the ego massage, and any powers of objective judgment they might have had disappear in the presence of that powerful, addictive emotional hook. (Sad but true. And I’m speaking as a former lefty myself.)

  7. #8 – No device is 100% efficient. There is waste heat energy generated in the conversion process.

  8. @Greg – Wind mills do not extract energy, they convert it. That process is not 100% efficient and produces heat. Maybe you should review physics 101 yourself.

  9. bird choppers

  10. It’s called entropy and it’s not surprsing. The story smells like a red herring. The real issue is how it compares to the heat generated (either directly or indirectly) by other technology? And many other factors.

  11. “…The world’s wind farms last year had the capacity to produce 238 gigawatt of electricity at any one time. …”

    Clever waffling on the part of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

    Query: Did the GWECcies bother to measure and report actual production as opposed to theoretical capacity? Did they reliably quantify the steadiness of production without the need for backup from other sources? Those would seem to me to be THE important parts of any report on wind power.

    Anything else is just, well, breaking wind.

  12. #11 April 30, 2012 at 8:17 am – HisDivineShadow

    Temperature rise is credible. This is a thermodynamics problem, not essentially a physics problem. As you say, slowing the air mass converts energy. Some goes into spinning the blades, the rest goes into heat (usually). I don’t know that there’s enough to cause this effect, but if someone less lazy than me would do the calculations, you could see what the heat release would amount to.

    Because the blades deflect the air mass that strikes them, the mass will then collide with adjacent air in the stream. One would have to calculate the effects of that as well. As someone stated, that creates turbulence (or at least additional turbulence) and that usually upchucks some energy in the form of heat by converting linear momentum into collisions.

  13. A bit OT, there was a tv program about a couple in the UK that built a new home, and spent lots of money on it. One thing they really wanted was to make it “sustainable”, and one of the key features of the house was a new “innovative” wind turbine, that had “a gear system that produces more energy for the same amount of wind”.
    My BS alarm went off right away, and sure enough, at the end of the episode when the show went back to see the result a few months later they had taken it off line, since it turned out the gear system actually used more energy than the turbine produced. They actually had to pay for electricity to keep the turbine running.

    It’s amazing how people can fall for “free energy” promises over and over again.

  14. UN employees seen placing temperature monitoring devices around wind farms…

  15. Seventy-two hundredths of a degree warming in a decade?

    That number is within the margin of error for an individual temperature reading, and therefore says that the temperature is unchanged.

    Once again, observational “scientists” are trying to get meaning out of experimental noise.

  16. Our local electric company had a short-run promo advising its customers to sign up for wind power. I never understood how they were going to direct this wind power to individual homes, but what do I know. What they didn’t tell you in the promo, but you could learn from their website, it was going to cost you more as a customer. Don’t know if there were any idiots who signed up for this blatant attempt at skullduggery.

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