The inefficiencies and expense of windmills are well known. One needs only to observe the idleness of the skinny stalwart spikes on a calm day.
Where does energy come from on no-wind days?
Besides the non-supply of energy from windmills on such days, keeping the supply of energy constant relies upon our friends, fossil fuels, once again. The notion that windmills reduce fossil fuel consumption is just plain wrong. Sources of energy from oil, gas, and coal take up the slack when the windmills sleep.
Where does the money for windmills come from?
California has instituted cap-and-tax-it’s called Assembly Bill 32-which would impose killer taxes on fossil fuel energy and all things made with energy produced in the state. The price of energy and things produced from the use of energy–mostly all sellable goods–will increase. Californians will pay much more for all that they buy. The government would use the collected taxes to subsidize alternative energy sources-like windmills-that can’t make it in the marketplace on their own. The idea that this is good for California’s economy is a fiction of incredible imagination!
Where do jobs go when a windmill goes up?
Part of the economic lie that persists about windmills is their relationship to jobs. But windmills aren’t creating jobs-green ones or otherwise. A study shows that for every windmill that goes up, 8 jobs are lost! California unemployment stands at more than 12%. Something far less than rocket science says that giving up existing jobs for more windmills just isn’t a good deal right now. Furthermore, most of the hardware for windmills emanates from China, creating those fabled “green” jobs for folks far from home.
Are a thousand windmills a pretty sight?
Besides job loss, California has seen, in its wisdom, to sponsor aesthetic horror right here in its own state. Pristine landscapes are dotted with white whirring spikes. For a few watts of very expensive energy every now and then? For which you lost your job? For which they taxed you up the gazoon? For which you pay higher prices for everything else?
Aside from being bird killers, uneconomic, inefficient, expensive, and transporting jobs out of California, one needs to admit “ugly” into the adjectives that describe the truth of windmills so well.
Can common sense arise again in California?
Californians should know that they have the power of the ballot in November. YES on Proposition 23 would help California survive without swatting windmills or playing pretend that all is still well in the state.
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