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Biden To Ruin Thousands Of Miles Of Land For Green Energy Scheme


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The Biden administration has announced plans to despoil thousands of miles of land throughout the United States with new corridors for wind and solar transmission lines. In addition to stretching across thousands of miles of land in length, the Department of Energy reports the transmission-line projects may be up to 100 miles wide. The transmission lines, which are necessary to deliver wind and solar power from rural wind and solar projects to distant population centers, will destroy an enormous amount of open spaces and wildlife habitats. The Energy Department is tapping into $4.5 billion to make the project happen.

States whose lands will be affected include Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Much of the land will be in migratory bird corridors and sensitive ecological habitats.

The scope of land development for these projects highlights some of the many environmental shortcomings of wind and solar power. Land conservation used to be a primary component of environmentalism. However, wind and solar power are the worst offenders among energy sources. Scientists at Harvard University report that converting existing electricity generation from conventional sources to wind power would require covering one-third of America’s landmass with wind turbines. That number would grow to one-half of America’s land mass under the Biden administration’s plans to electrify transportation vehicles. Necessary transmission lines, like the ones just announced by Biden’s DOE, would defile immense amounts of land in addition to the wind turbines themselves.:snip:

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44,000-lb. wind turbine blade busts loose while in operation and careens to the earth—media wonders if the industry has a ‘quality’ problem

 

This doesn’t seem cosmic, but if a 44,000-pound chunk of fiberglass/epoxy resin that’s as big as a 747 airliner breaks off the tower of a wind turbine and comes hurtling down to earth while in operation, something is very wrong.

Apparently though, that wasn’t as obvious to the journalists in the mainstream media as it was to me.

From a report by Mari Novik and Rachel Millard and just published at the Financial Times:

 

A turbine blade fell off in Norway. Does the wind industry have a quality problem?

Kim Jonny Karlsen was at home last month when a 20-tonne turbine blade the length of a Boeing 747 broke off its tower at the nearby Odal wind farm and crashed into the fir trees below.

No one was harmed. But the 163-megawatt development in remote eastern Norway, whose turbines are made by German group Siemens Gamesa, has remained offline since the incident, its second major technical fault this year.

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