Ross McKitrick:gap between climate change models and reality widens

From the Financial Post, a special article by economic professor Ross McKitrick on the models being used to predict and report on climate change, and whether they have any basis in reality. Recent reports are that climate change models have been significantly overestimated.

IPCC models getting mushy

Ross McKitrick, Special to The Financial Post

In the next five years, the global warming paradigm may fall apart if the models prove worthless
There has been a lot of talk lately about the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, and whether it will take into account the lack of warming since the 1990s. Everything you need to know about the dilemma the IPCC faces is summed up in one remarkable graph.

Read more  here.

Environment Canada: wind turbine turbulence interferes weather forecasting

While the wind power generation lobby wishes everyone to believe that the large, industrial-scale power generators are pretty little wind  mills, beautifying the landscapes, the reality is something different.
  Environment Canada has notified everyone using their weather maps that wind turbine turbulence can interfere with the accuracy of information produced by its radar stations.
See the Environment Canada website, here: http://ec.gc.ca/meteo-weather/default.asp?lang=En&n=1D1B608B-1

Goldhawk 11:15 today: wind power project threatens gas well, water supply

Featured on the Goldhawk radio show on Zoomer Radio AM 740 Toronto today will be two Ontario citizens expressing concern about a wind power project and the threat to a gas well in the Wst Lincoln-Hamilton area, and the local water supply. Ed Engel and Anne Fairfield will be on the show at 11:15 to discuss.
 
“This is about a Gas Well situation on Sixteen Road that was properly installed many years ago near the Road Allowance.  Now the HAF Wind Energy Project wants to bury the Electrical Collector Line within 5 metres of one Gas Well,” says Anne Fairfield.  “The MNR Policies and Regulations say that nothing should be installed within 75 m of a Gas Well, and the proponents have no Engineer’s Report (required) to say otherwise, nor were they asked to produce one.
“The problems are these:
This case has reached the point where the Health and Safety of a very densely populated rural area of West Lincoln and Hamilton is threatened if no immediate action is taken.  There are 244 homes and families (not just receptors) within 2 km of these five Industrial Wind Turbines.
“Members of our community told the Ministry of the Environment last year in the commenting process about our gas wells concern, yet the proponents and the Ministries granting approval have not been held to account.”
Non-commercial natural gas may be odorless, tasteless, and colourless, Fairfield explains.  A private gas well may also produce gas containing hydrogen sulphide, which is poisonous and should be treated with caution  It is fatal to humans in small concentrations and causes rapid corrosion of pipes.
“These gas well pipes are very old, and do not need to be corroded any more.  They also connect to a house.   When we can smell sulphur at our water taps, it is a good indication that hydrogen sulphide is around.The very fact that we have gas wells in West Lincoln, and most of us rely on our water wells, indicates to us that we have a very short term problem now and a longer term problem ahead with fracking for the gas.”
Tune in and call in with your questions or concerns to 1-866-740-4740 or 1-416-30-0740 to Dale Goldhawk on Zoomer Radio Am 740 after 11 a.m. Listen LIVE at zoomerradio.ca

Boone Pickens: “lost my ass in the wind business”

Before we bring you this article on US billionaire Boone Pickens, we would like to preface it by saying we heard Mr Pickens interviewed perhaps three years ago on the CBC on the topic of wind power and his foray into Ontario. We thought he was the most honest wind power developer we had heard from: he never mentioned people dying, nevr mentioned climate change or the need to “save” the environment—investing in wind power, he said, was all about the money. He came to Ontario because of the generous subsidies but he also allowed as to how wind power was really all about natural gas.
  We are also reminded in reading this story of a remark made by media personality Kevin O’Leary on the Lang-O’Leary Exchange, also on CBC, that as an investor, he wouldn’t “touch wind with a ten-foot pole.”
   “Anything that relies on subsidies isn’t a real business,” he snapped.
   Here now, several years on, is the fate of Mr Pickens and wind power.

Daily Caller News Foundation

  

Wind investments blow Pickens off the Forbes 400 list

5:28 PM 09/16/2013
Breanna Deutsch

Businessman T. Boone Pickens was dropped from the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans after losing much of his fortune in the wind farming industry.
According to Forbes, Pickens’ fortune dropped below the $ 1 billion mark for the first time since 2005. His net worth once amounted to an estimated $2 billion, but now it sits at around $950 million.
He told the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he had “lost [his] ass in the [wind] business.” He added, “the jobs are in oil and gas.”
In 2008, Pickens debuted his “Pickens Plan,” which aimed to increase the nation’s use of wind energy and decrease America’s dependence on OPEC oil. With the help of investors he spent 80 million dollars on TV ads to promote his plan and $2 billion on General Electric wind turbines. Pickens hoped that once the wind farm was constructed, it would be the largest in the world.
The plan collapsed after natural gas prices fell and selling wind power was no longer economically feasible. He lost $150 million of his personal fortune on the failed wind plan.
After his failure in the wind market, Pickens revamped his Pickens Plan to focus on the use of natural gas as well as any other American-based energy source.
He has made moves to convert all trucks from using gasoline to natural gas. As part of this effort, he has encouraged Obama to use subsidies in order to incentivize the trucking industry to make the switch.
Pickens says that this new endeavor is mainly an effort to “end America’s addiction to foreign oil,” though critics also speculate that although the former billionaire is now 84, profits are driving his interest in energy policy.
The American energy man wants the world to know that he will be able to survive living off of his mere $950 million. When ESPN’s Darren Rovell confronted Pickens over Twitter about his new status as a millionaire, Pickens tweeted, “Don’t worry. At $950 million, I’m doing fine. Funny, my $1 billion charitable giving exceeds my net worth.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/16/wind-investments-blow-pickens-off-the-forbes-400-list/#ixzz2fFEtzLiR

Belwood to Premier Wynne: quiet country roads no more

To The Honourable Kathleen Wynne:
This is how it went last night in Belwood.  A group of neighbours met at the wpd wind turbine construction site after work and as a courtesy called the OPP Liaison Team to let them know we’d be there.
After about 20 minutes of gathering, a police cruiser stopped by and the officer asked how long we were going to be protesting.
We explained we weren’t protesting and asked if it was ok to stand on the road and park our cars on the side.  The police officer was very helpful and said this was no problem.
He left and another cruiser went by.  Both parked in the IWT host landowner’s driveway until we left an hour later.  We have no issue with the OPP and hold the liaison team in highest regard. 
As Premier of the Province and Minister of Agriculture, I thought you should know what transpired.   You are responsible for destroying the democratic rights of rural people through your Green Energy Act.  You have put us in harms way for adverse health impacts and property devaluation.  Now, you’ve imposed a police state on us.  You’ve created an environment where it is not permissible to stand at the side of a country lane without interference.  With all respect Premier, your policies favouring wind industrialists and your high level redirection of police services to focus on concerned rural citizens, is nothing short of harassment.

Premier Wynne, we still live in a democracy.

Janet Vallery,
Oppose Belwood Wind Farm

Property values “plummet” near wind power projects

Studies Show Land-Based Wind Turbines Cause Property Values to Plummet; Wind Wise Massachusetts Claims Study Showing Otherwise is Misleading

Published Monday, Sep. 16, 2013


FALMOUTH, Mass., Sept. 16, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A national study that claims there is “no statistical evidence” that real estate prices near wind turbines are negatively impacted is misleading because it lumps homes close to the turbines with those miles away, according to Wind Wise Massachusetts (WWMA).
“The report’s own data found that homes located within one mile to the turbines decreased in value by 28 percent compared to homes located within 3 to 10 miles from the turbines,” according to Virginia Irvine, president of WWMA (windwisema.org), a statewide alliance of grassroots environmental groups and individuals.
“The study’s authors are just perpetuating the myth that wind turbines are not responsible for significant property losses,” she said.
“The report is also comparing apples with oranges as less than 2.5 percent of the more than 50,000 home sales analyzed in recently released Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study were within one mile of the turbines and some were as far as 10 miles away,” Irvine said.  
In the widely publicized report, the authors stated in the abstract that “…we find no statistical evidence that home values near turbines were affected in the post-construction or post-announcement/pre-construction periods.”
The report -– A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States –- was published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in August.
Irvine said independent, comprehensive appraisals have found that land-based wind turbines can cause property values to plummet within two miles by 15 percent to 40 percent.
“There is a major difference between turbines in a power plant 10 miles from homes in the country to those that are less than one mile from homes in residential communities,” Irvine said.
“But the sad fact is that whether a wind turbine is near a solo home in the country or in a more heavily populated area, the homeowner is going to see a significant loss in the value of his home,” she added.
“Wind turbines near residential areas are devastating to home values,” according to Michael McCann, president of McCann Appraisal of Chicago.
He said his paired study analysis of homes near wind turbines in more than two dozen communities throughout the country “consistently have found homes losing 25 to 40 per cent of their value.
Contact:  Barry Wanger for Wind Wise Massachusetts, Wanger Associates, 617-965-6469, Barry@WangerAssociates.com
SOURCE Wind Wise Massachusetts

Is it “green” to destroy a forest?

The editors at NetNewsLedger are asking that question…how “green” is it to erect huge invasive wind turbines?
  Read the editorial here:

Excerpt:

Thunder Bay–editorial–James Murray
Ontario has an electricity surplus. That is the word coming out from Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli.The Ontario government is set to pay wind farm producers not to produce energy.
In Thunder Bay, an old growth Maple Forest is in the process of being destroyed to put in a wind farm.
The irony is incredible.
Northwestern Ontario, and the Thunder Bay District, was able to supply electrical power to run all the grain elevators at full capacity along with several paper mills in our area. There isn’t a shortage, well, at least a not shortage of electricity.
Common sense, however?
Maybe the shortfall is there.
…The real issue is silence.Virtually no one is effectively standing up for the trees.Part of that is that city councillors who are opposed to the proposed project are virtually gagged. If they speak out, the city will not cover their legal fees.

Please see the rest at the NetNewsLedger website
Note the comment made by pro-wind blogger Mike Barnard.

Destruction of Maple Forest for Green Energy

THUNDER BAY – Editorial – Ontario has an electricity surplus. That is the word coming out from Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. The Ontario Government is set to pay wind farm producers not to produce energy.
In Thunder Bay, an old growth Maple Forest is in the process of being destroyed to put in a wind farm.
The irony is incredible.
Northwestern Ontario, and the Thunder Bay District was able to supply electrical power to run all the grain elevators at full capacity, along with the several paper mills in our area. There isn’t a shortage, well, at least not a shortage of electricity.
Common sense however?
Maybe the shortfall is there?
At issue appears that no one locally is willing to stand up for the future of the hardwood maple forest. The process forward is in the hands of the Ontario Government.
The real issue is one of silence. Virtually no one is effectively standing up for the trees. Part of that is that city councillors who are opposed to the proposed project are effectively gagged. If they speak out, the city will not cover their legal fees.

Is it ‘Green’ to Destroy a Forest?

There are many who would say that to knock down a hardwood forest taking out about an acre for the base of each turbine, and kilometres of roadways, isn’t really green.
Having been to the work site, it is easy to see that what is happening is wrong. Trees are being knocked down in what is said to be for testing – what is really happening is pre-construction preparation work.
Likely there will be a day off in the distant future, twenty or thirty years from now when these turbines are going to be de-commissioned, that some future Thunder Bay taxpayers are going to look at the cost, and wonder, what kind of thought process put the community into the position they will inherit.
Thunder Bay has entered into a bad deal, and it sadly seems nothing can be done to stop the destruction.
There likely are real solutions, but with no one ‘allowed’ or willing to talk, those solutions are not likely to happen.
Ontario taxpayers will be left holding the bag once again.
That of course is just my opinion, as always, your mileage may vary.
James Murray
– See more at: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2013/09/15/green-destroy-forest/#sthash.gOtrnMvk.dpuf

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Thunder Bay Maple Forest
Right now an old growth Maple Forest is under ‘attack’, right here in Thunder Bay on the Nor’Westers.

Destruction of Maple Forest for Green Energy

THUNDER BAY – Editorial – Ontario has an electricity surplus. That is the word coming out from Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. The Ontario Government is set to pay wind farm producers not to produce energy.
In Thunder Bay, an old growth Maple Forest is in the process of being destroyed to put in a wind farm.
The irony is incredible.
Northwestern Ontario, and the Thunder Bay District was able to supply electrical power to run all the grain elevators at full capacity, along with the several paper mills in our area. There isn’t a shortage, well, at least not a shortage of electricity.
Common sense however?
Maybe the shortfall is there?
At issue appears that no one locally is willing to stand up for the future of the hardwood maple forest. The process forward is in the hands of the Ontario Government.
The real issue is one of silence. Virtually no one is effectively standing up for the trees. Part of that is that city councillors who are opposed to the proposed project are effectively gagged. If they speak out, the city will not cover their legal fees.

Is it ‘Green’ to Destroy a Forest?

There are many who would say that to knock down a hardwood forest taking out about an acre for the base of each turbine, and kilometres of roadways, isn’t really green.
Having been to the work site, it is easy to see that what is happening is wrong. Trees are being knocked down in what is said to be for testing – what is really happening is pre-construction preparation work.
Likely there will be a day off in the distant future, twenty or thirty years from now when these turbines are going to be de-commissioned, that some future Thunder Bay taxpayers are going to look at the cost, and wonder, what kind of thought process put the community into the position they will inherit.
Thunder Bay has entered into a bad deal, and it sadly seems nothing can be done to stop the destruction.
There likely are real solutions, but with no one ‘allowed’ or willing to talk, those solutions are not likely to happen.
Ontario taxpayers will be left holding the bag once again.
That of course is just my opinion, as always, your mileage may vary.
James Murray

– See more at: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2013/09/15/green-destroy-forest/#sthash.gOtrnMvk.dpuf