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One of the many objections to industrial wind “farms” is how they devastate bird and bat populations. This piece in The Pipeline starts with the licenses to kill bald eagles granted to wind facilities. Then it goes into something I knew about but don’t often see mentioned: the effects of the increased demand for balsa wood to make turbine blades. I have seldom seen it expressed better.
Balsa cannot be farmed. It’s a rainforest tree, and it is cut and carried out of carefully managed forests in Central America. The increased demand has resulted in more wild balsa being cut from Amazonian forests. Balsa provides essential cover to the understory of a rainforest, which cannot survive in direct sunlight; I’ve heard it called a “nursemaid tree.” It grows quickly, and its growth is essential to the resilience of rainforests, which eventually manage to recapture land that has been clear-cut for farming, after it turns out to be not very good farmland. Now the young balsas are being cut for turbine blades before the trees that form the foundation of the forest can mature.
And all of this is being done by people who justify it by claiming to be “saving the planet.”
Only by systematically dumbing down the population by subverting education and literature could we have produced a population stupid enough not to understand (I think I need a bullet list here):
…electric vehicles are not “green” because of the plastic, rare earths, and unrecyclable batteries they use.
…wind and solar installations that have existed for years prove that they never generate enough power to cover the cost of their construction.
…fracking has been proven to be perfectly safe, and since it is only used on existing wells, doesn’t even increase oil exploration, it just makes available the 40-50% of oil that doesn’t get forced to the surface.
…wind turbine blades are airfoils. Airfoils stop working in turbulence. Turbines generate turbulence. So when you see those industrial wind “farms” with row upon row of turbines, remember that only the first row is generating anything.
…no one in the general population has ever died because of a nuclear power plant accident.
…Hydro power is almost always under-utilized because it can’t be transmitted where it’s needed. The Niagara Falls Power Project, which is backed up by a huge underground reservoir, is running at 60% capacity because of low demand.
And on and on. I’m sure you can think of more examples, especially if you paid attention in your high school Earth Science classes, and those classes were back before capitalism was racist.Published in