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I’ve always thought that history would record the shamtastic effort to stave off “global warming” as a self-fulfilling prophecy of the most idiotic kind, and it’s starting to happen:

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.

Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels contribute to global warming, which could lead to the melting of glaciers, sea level rise, ocean acidification, crop failure and other devastating effects, scientists say.

In a move to cut such emissions, many nations are moving towards cleaner energy sources such as 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.

All I can really say is…

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18 Responses to “Heh: Wind Farms Intended to Combat Global Warming May Cause… Wait For It… Global Warming”

  1. clu seatoe on April 30th, 2012 11:42 am

    This is one wire story that will NOT be picked up. After all, those crazy Brits say don’t drink water for re-hydration.

  2. cdl on April 30th, 2012 12:19 pm

    But Doug, the wind mills look so…natural upon the landscape.

    Owl Gore is not going to be happy about this. I bet he denies it's even true.

  3. Marshall_Will on April 30th, 2012 12:26 pm

    "showed a warming trend of up to 0.72 degrees Celsius per decade…"

    OMG! Within a matter of only ten years our eyeballs will be melting out of our sockets..! We only have Ten Years To Save The Planet! (TM)

    Actually saw that splattered on the liner notes of the ZZ Top "Recycler" album. Think that came out in 1989?

  4. Truesoldier__ on April 30th, 2012 12:53 pm

    I am starting to wonder if Global Warming was concoted by Radical Islamists as a way to get the West to regress back to the 7th century like they are.

  5. Truesoldier__ on April 30th, 2012 1:01 pm

    I recently saw that the Brits have decided to abandon their plans to build wind farms after they so how unpractical and the eyesore they have been in Hawaii.

  6. jeffythequick on April 30th, 2012 1:14 pm

    Will,

    You're doing it wrong. Here's the game plan: ;)

    Stipulate something outrageous. (i.e. We can control the weather)
    Say the consequences will be dire. (The oceans will be frozen over, and starvation will ensue.)
    Say the consequences are far enough out, but close enough that the people alive now will see them (i.e. 30-50 years)
    Say, unless we do something now, the consequences will be what you just said, or worse. (Cats and dogs living together).
    Ridicule anyone that disagrees with you.
    When anything that is/has been normal (like tornadoes and hurricanes), use that data to bolster your point. Ignore anything (like a snowstorm in January) that disproves it.

    Your mistake was using the 10 years. Too close to the present, and you'll get non-believers mocking you.

  7. Marshall_Will on April 30th, 2012 1:37 pm

    Jeff,

    Hence the tweaking of the message/timeline. Manipulating Progs learned from their mistakes. ZZ Top went on to put out another 27 cr@ppy albums and will be playing state fairs all across the country this summer!

    More ( as Michelle so apltly coined ) Yellow Appeasement. A band that takes 30 forty foot trailers on tour and enough electricity to power Vancouver, WA putting out cassette albums made of PLASTIC… WRAPPED in plastic allowing their brand be sullied by Go Green folly.

  8. The Idiocracy on April 30th, 2012 2:15 pm

    Ohhh we're getting sooo confused lately. We thought it was "climate change", not "global warming"!? Help us comprehend please St Gore, help us!

  9. SignPainterGuy on April 30th, 2012 2:50 pm

    IN THE BEGINNING ….. there was "globull cooling, then globull warming" until the evidence failed to put the world into a wealth redistributional panic. "Climate change" became the new mantra until the tech-savvy yutes lost interest and evidence mounted to show it all as BS, at which time "Man Caused Climate Disruption" was issued as the End-All, Be-All, Catch-All, Cover-All term for the ages !

    Watching all this occur in my lifetime has been nothing short of undisregustifying !

  10. SignPainterGuy on April 30th, 2012 2:55 pm

    I saw it somewhere over the weekend and Rush is talking about this right now !

  11. SignPainterGuy on April 30th, 2012 3:03 pm

    I saw a doc. on the guys who maintain the windmills. One climbed up inside the support tube and then into the generator nacelle. The first thing he did after setting down his bucket of grease was open a hatch on top of the nacelle to let in some cooling air; it was HOT in there. I suppose the GreaserGuys are just gonna have to sweat it out once OwlBore, the Torch Mouth, hears about this !

  12. SignPainterGuy on April 30th, 2012 3:09 pm

    Boone,NC has a unique windmill; one counter-balanced 150 ft+ blade that gets so noisy in high wind, the residents claim it effects heart rate and breathing ! They don`t mind the appearance, but they hate its effects on the body and birds !

  13. Marshall_Will on April 30th, 2012 3:40 pm

    Interesting. All the ones I've seen are painted white. So it should reflect, not attract heat. Have they become "thermal hotspots" just like we've been hearing about from our greener friends?

    I have no issues with "passive technology" and would love to see more folks in northern climates use Trombe Walls. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trombe_wall

    The fewer moving parts the better. Wouldn't you think with all the "best and brightest" we've thrown billions at in research, grants etc. they'd have a better lubricating mechanism than a grease monkey w/ a bucket & brush?

  14. SignPainterGuy on April 30th, 2012 3:51 pm

    The heat was produced mostly by the generator itself, only a little by sunlight. With all the spatulad-on grease, there`s virtually no way the gear box could get more than warm. Rather old-fashioned, in my mind, not a modern, sealed oil-bath mechangism !

    Your Trombe Wall idea is great in places of good sun. There is a mounded earth (dirt) design used in desert areas, also with very wide roof overhangs. The dirt thickness is calculated to pass heat or cool thru to the interior in 12 hour intervals so that the night`s cool reaches the interior during the day and the day`s heat reaches inside at night. The effect is a fairly even temp. inside ! Free after the building cost ! You pretty much can`t mind that "buried" feeling though !

  15. jeffythequick on April 30th, 2012 6:47 pm

    Tea Party Hobbits (see my Avatar) are lining up! Mrs. thequick and I are looking for a home, and I really do want to build one like above. Have a earth warmed/cooled one.

  16. jeffythequick on April 30th, 2012 6:50 pm

    I was trying to help you be more Progressive!

    I didn't realize ZZ Top went all Dixie Chicks, insulting the ones that made them rich.

  17. SignPainterGuy on April 30th, 2012 7:49 pm

    There is one that looks pretty neat in the Black Hills of SD (20ish miles west-ish of Rapid City). It IS high on a mountain around the 4,000 ft level, so it might be a pain getting in and out in snow, but the landscaping was really nice. Only the front door and chimney and a couple vents were visible. It was for sale in 1986 ……

    The view from there was really nice, but you could go another 1,ooo ft-ish to the top of the mtn. and see the backside of Rushmore, 16 miles away. Lincoln had holes in his shoes !

  18. SignPainterGuy on April 30th, 2012 9:14 pm

    Doug, the moderator ate my reply. Please see if you can find it ! Thanks !

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