Windfall: Documenting the Backlash Against Wind Energy

By Robert Bryce   Energy Tribune

On January 25, I got an email from Charlie Porter, a Missouri-based horse trainer. The issue: noise from wind turbines. His emails said that in 2007, a phalanx of wind turbines had been around his family’s farm near King City and that “The overwhelming noise, sleep deprivation, constant headaches, anxiety, etc., etc., etc., forced us to abandon our home/horse farm of 15 years. We had to buy a house in town, away from the turbines and move!” Continue reading

Wind energy’s real problems (hint: it has nothing to do with the Wall Street Journal)

Note:  Robert Bryce will be speaking at the upcoming Symposium to be held in Picton, Ontario
By Robert Bryce, energytribune.com

In short, the fulminations of the wind power promoters about my Wall Street Journal article are entirely misdirected. Wind boosters want to believe that an evil conspiracy that has been created to short-circuit the push for “green” energy. The real conspiracy they are fighting is a conspiracy of basic physics and basic math.

My August 24 article in the Wall Street Journal has apparently caused some discomfort among various advocates of wind energy.(1)

Given that discomfort, it’s worth revisiting the thesis of my Journal piece. As a reminder, here’s the thesis statement: several studies have concluded that “wind-generated electricity likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon emissions – or that they’ll be so small as to be almost meaningless.” Continue reading

‘Power Hungry’ author exposes ‘myths’ of green power

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

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

Chapter 9    Myth: Wind Power Reduces CO2 Emissions

By Journalist Robert Bryce, author of Gusher of Lies and managing editor of online industry newsmagazine Energy Tribune.   In this informed, opinionated state-of-the-industry overview, Bryce contends that energy policy must be based upon four imperatives: “power density, energy density, cost and scale.” Wind and solar power, he says, fail those standards due to storage problems and the vagaries of weather.