Wind Industry Is Collapsing: Sanity And Democrats’ Climate Policy

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Wind Industry Is Collapsing: Sanity And Democrats’ Climate Policy
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After the fifth debate of Democrats contending for the Presidential nomination, physicians should not be venturing to make psychiatric diagnoses. But all Americans should be considering the wisdom of the proposals to “fight climate change” with policies like wind energy.

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If a Democrat is elected and manages to implement the proposals, the planet will not die from climate disruption. Then he or she can claim to be the savior. However, the climate will proceed to follow natural laws and keep changing, no matter what humans do, confounding the latest apocalyptic predictions, as has happened over and over again.

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What exactly is proposed? Proclaim a climate state of emergency on Day 1. Then what? “Take on” the fossil-fuel industry, the candidates promise. Jail executives? Shut down pipelines? Ban fracking? Revoke drilling permits? Impose a carbon tax? Shutter coal-fired electrical generating stations? Then what?

Wind industry in danger?

Will the U.S. import more oil from Saudi Arabia, even though its ruler slaughtered an American journalist? Will we see widespread protests like the “Yellow Vest” movement in France sparked by the carbon tax on fuel? Or thousands of tractors blocking the highways, as in the Netherlands and Germany as farmers drive to the capital?

Or will the new President somehow conjure up millions of good-paying “green” jobs and enough “clean” energy to avert California-style blackouts?

Let’s look at real-world experience. Despite half a trillion dollars in subsidies, more than half of Germany’s electricity is generated by fossil fuels. Wind contributes only 17% and solar 7%. The wind industry is now collapsing as subsidies expire and opposition mounts from wildlife and forest conservationists, and 300,000 German households each year have their power shut off because of inability to pay the bills.

What will the “green” workers be doing? Clearing a land area of more than 175,000 square miles, greater than at least ten eastern states, to make way for the solar panels and wind turbines? De-icing turbine blades from a helicopter?

Debate moderators asked no questions like these, but voters must.

As to mental health, vast numbers of people worldwide, especially children, are suffering anxiety, depression, and even despair about climate change. In many schools they are subjected to constant indoctrination in the radical view that industrial capitalism has destroyed their future.

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Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989. She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fifth editions of Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis published by Wolters Kluwer. She authored books for schoolchildren, Professor Klugimkopf’s Old-Fashioned English Grammar and Professor Klugimkopf’s Spelling Method, published by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle books, Neomorts and Moonshine. More than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and nonhazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
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  1. I think the author makes some interesting points that deserve a fact-based response. I can’t speak to German power generation, but here in the US we have we can do to make our energy industry sustainable.
    1. The wind industry is not “collapsing”, at least in the US. Wind is growing faster than coal (which IS collapsing.)
    2. The California blackouts have nothing to do with renewable energy. Upgraded transmission lines will be needed there whether the source is nuclear, fossil, or wind.
    3. I agree that we are giving unnexcessary stress to our children by making them believe only THEY can solve our “climate emergency”. Climate change is a threat, but it will be addressed by ADULTS.

  2. This kind of right-wing pro-fossil fuel blather doesn’t inspire me to buy a subscription to Value Walk.

    Why not talk about promising investments in green energy, such as Enphase? Or have some contributions from the writers of the book Drawdown, where instead of right-wing denialism or depressing dogmatic left-wing catastrophism, they get into the practicalities of numerous solutions that offer us a better future? Most of their examples would be improvements to the status quo, even if there weren’t a threat from increasing greenhouse gases.

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