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A HIGH-RENEWABLES TOMORROW, TODAY: SAMSØ, DENMARK

By | Thursday, October 24, 2013|, , , , |

(Editor's Note: Samsø is an example of what a community can do when it works together. Unfortunately, this is not the usual model in the United States. Click on this link to access a comparison of the two models.) On a small island off the coast of Denmark, a group of potato farmers have turned [...]

HAS THE WIND FARM BROUGHT ASPHALT LIKE DUST TO OCOTILLO?

By | Monday, October 14, 2013|, |

Ocotillo residents report that the dust storms, that have been plaguing their town  since the neighboring Wind Farm was built, now bring a black or dark dust. This is totally unlike the light tan colored sand of the surrounding desert. The photo at the top of this page was taken in Jim Pelley’s swimming poll [...]

OBTAINING 25% OF ENERGY FROM RENEWABLES WOULD SAVE BILLIONS

By | Monday, September 30, 2013|, |

(Editor's note: Though the financial calculations in the article that follows are impressive, it fails to consider two fundamental points. Many of these projects are being put in pristine desert habitat where, to quote the Palen solar project’s environmental analysis, “In order to build the facility, the plants, animals and soil of the native desert acreage [...]

WHEN “GREEN” IS NOT CLEAN

By | Saturday, September 28, 2013|, , , , |

(Image above: Dust storm descending on Ocotillo - Jim Pelley photo) Sources of Greenhouses Gases - Courtesy Environmental ProtectionAgency The #1 source of Greenhouse Gases is not buildings or transportation, but electricity. That’s because 42% of it is still generated from coal. There are other questions regarding natural gas, which now supplies a [...]

SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COUNTY’S COMPREHENSIVE RENEWABLE PLAN?

By | Wednesday, September 25, 2013|, , , |

The first item, at tomorrow's Board of Supervisor's meeting, will be for the  County's Chief Administrator to present the options for a comprehensive renewable plan.  This has prompted the Boards of Directors of the non-profit groups, The Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD), to express their concern about further industrialization in East County, that [...]

OPINION: HIDING MORTALITY – THE WOLFE ISLAND SLAUGHTER

By | Friday, September 13, 2013||

While Altamont Pass operators have been hiding most of their mortality with search intervals of 30-90 days, the rest of North American wind farms hide mortality by using search areas that are far too small. By using only 50 meter search areas for their huge new turbines the wind facility operators can easily hide over [...]

ARE WIND TURBINES EXTERMINATING CALIFORNIA’S GOLDEN EAGLE POPULATION?

By | Thursday, September 12, 2013|, |

According to a story in yesterday’s Washington Times, at least 79 golden eagles have been struck down by Wind turbines. Most were killed between 2008 and 2012, when the wind industry was expanding, and the deadliest killing site was Altamont Pass in California. “ ... the scientists said their figure is likely to be “substantially” [...]

OCOTILLO: THE UNWANTED INSPIRATION

By | Tuesday, September 10, 2013|, |

After the most recent storm to hit Ocotillo brought yet another influx of white foam from the surrounding Wind Project site, Jim Pelley made a horror spoof: (An Article in East County Magazine compares the previously dust storms, which were virtually unknown before the wind project, to the dust bowl of the 1930‘s. [...]

SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION IN ACCOUNTS OF GERMANY’S RENEWABLE REVOLUTION

By | Wednesday, August 28, 2013|, , |

I recently wrote about—and debunked—the renewables “disinformation campaign” that spreads misinformed and falsely negative stories about the growth of renewable energy. A special focus of such disinformation has been reportage on Germany’s efficiency-and-renewables revolution. The impressive success so far of the German Energiewende (energy turnaround) is an important existence proof for the world, because Germany is cloudy, high-latitude, heavily industrialized, highly competitive (it [...]