A few days ago I wrote here how green activists are (suddenly) horrified that the state of Vermont and Green Mountain Electric Company are defiling pristine mountain ridge-lines to make way for Big Wind, and thus are now protesting (and no longer supporting) wind parks in northeastern Vermont.
Scott Wheeler interviews 2 Big Wind protesters, who propose solar energy as a way to keep prices down in Vermont.
One of the leaders of the protest is Steve Wright, who with Stacey Burke, are shown being interviewed by Scott Wheeler at a sort of homemade TV station. There are some interesting parts that show how the green mind ticks (not very well, you’ll soon see).
Once a Big Wind fan, now an opponent!
At the 8:20 mark note how Burke says she was once enthusiastic about wind power on mountain tops, and now admits she had been too ignorant to know better.
When I first heard about the wind towers going up on Lowell Mountain, I actually thought, oh wow, how cool is that? […] Because I was ignorant of what was really gonna happen.”
Don’t you just love people who can’t make up their minds?
Intermittent wind can’t replace nuclear power, but solar can!
At the 13:00 minute mark, anti-Big Wind activist Wright is asked if wind towers could replace Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plant. His answer:
“The answer is no with a big exclamation point. There is no relationship between whether Vermont Yankee lives or dies and the placement of industrial wind turbines on Vermont ridge-lines, especially with Lowell Mountain. And the reason is that Vermont Yankee represents a kind of power source that is referred to as base load. That means it’s running all the time. It is always available. The wind doesn’t always blow, so therefore the turbine installations are referred to as intermittent power. Intermittent power cannot replace baseload power.”
So far so good. He’s right about that. But then listen to what he says just seconds later at the 14:55 mark after being asked how we could supply the GROWING need for power:
Our answer for the long term with Vermont, is to invest seriously in two approaches. One is solar, and two is aggressive action on efficiency. We can especially reduce the use of home heating fuels in that situation, thereby reducing our carbon emissions…”
Intermittent solar can work, but intermittent wind cannot? Who is he trying to kid? Solar, like wind, is also an intermittent supply. And it’s a heck of a lot more expensive. Maybe the sun shines at night in Vermont.
Wind energy is too expensive…the solution is solar!
At the 18:55 mark Wright is asked about the high costs of wind power for consumers: Listen to his ridiculous answer:
Actually what we’re trying to do is to save Vermomt rate payers money by having a more effective energy planning process and an effective long term energy plan in Vermont. The rates that will emerge, imposed on Vermonters, on customers, from wind projects are gonna be higher than basically anything we have functional right now. So the ratepayers are gonna get hosed by the high prices, high electrical prices the more aggressively wind energy is installed.”
Yet he above proposes solar energy, which is several times more expensive than wind! He proposes using solar energy to rescue Vermonters from high electricty prices. I wonder if he takes a hammer to his head to cure a headache.
I probably should be grateful for Wright and the protests, which do seem to be having an effect. But what Wright proposes instead of wind is much worse. Solar power? Get real.
Greens grateful that FOX NEWS covered the protests!
Finally at the 25:00 minute mark, they discuss media coverage of the Big Wind protests. The greens give kudos to (conservative) FOX 44…the only statewide media outlet to be present at a protest. Now I bet that’s something they didn’t expect.