Leave it to Art Pope's minions to argue against one of the very few energy sources that could immediately contribute to building a sustainable energy portfolio. And, as usual, their arguments are full of hot air.
RALEIGH – North Carolina needs a “Coast Law” to protect residents from wind turbines that ruin local landscapes, harm wildlife, and pose potential health risks, all while providing an unreliable source of electricity. That’s the key conclusion of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
Oh. My. God. Now we have Puppets all a'twitter about local landscapes, wildlife and health. Will wonders never stop ceasing?
“The legislature should make a new ‘Coast Law’ a top priority,” said report author Daren Bakst, JLF Legal and Regulatory Policy Analyst. “That type of law would prohibit construction of industrial wind turbines in coastal areas. Local communities should not be burdened with fighting proposed wind power plants that will harm their communities.”
Existing state law prevents industrial wind turbine construction in the state’s mountains, Bakst said. “Since the mountains and the coast are the only sections of North Carolina under threat from possible wind turbine construction, existing state law and a new ‘Coast Law’ could work together to help protect North Carolinians from an alternative electricity source that does much more harm than good.”
Bakst obviously doesn't know his elbow from a hole in the ground when it comes to wind power. Nor does he seem to have the ability to think outside the box about anything.
For example, this wind farm off the coast of Copenhagen has 20 turbines, each equipped with a rotor 250 feet. With 40 mega-watts of power, the farm produces 3% of the electricity consumption of Copenhagen all by itself. And judging from my recent visit to the city, it doesn't look like the mean old wind farm is hurting the local economy one bit.
And as to harming bats and birds, I wish Bakst had as much concern for facts as he does for wildlife.
In the United States, cars and trucks wipe out millions of birds each year, while 100 million to 1 billion birds collide with windows. According to the 2001 National Wind Coordinating Committee study, “Avian Collisions with Wind Turbines: A Summary of Existing Studies and Comparisons to Other Sources of Avian Collision Mortality in the United States," these non-wind mortalities compare with 2.19 bird deaths per turbine per year. That's a long way from the sum mortality caused by the other sources.