Windmills are not healthy for bats, eagles and other flying things.
The giant Bird Cuisinarts are at it again. Only this time they’re killing bats. Well, a bat, but an endangered bat. Windmills stopped at night after bat death Thirty-five windmills at a western Pennsylvania wind farm have been silenced at night since a bat that belongs to an endangered species was found dead under one of the turbines. The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown is reporting the | Read More »
It’s Not Easy Going Green
It sounded like such a good idea. Back in 2009, NRG Energy Inc. hatched a plan to “go green” using switchgrass and sorghum as boiler fuel supplement. It was hoped that it might replace up to 10% of the coal which fires its Big Cajun II power plant in New Roads, LA. All the elements were in place: land near the plant (up to 30,000 | Read More »
Obama to Reduce Gas Prices by Blowing Smoke
Oil and natural gas are our primary transportation fuels, supplying 97% of the energy (27 quadrillion BTUs!) that we use annually to move our cars, trucks, buses, boats, planes and trains. The 3% that comes from renewables is ethanol. (Source.) Beware the man who tells you he’s ever going to reduce our oil imports by growing wind and solar energy. Wind and solar are used | Read More »
Mideast Turmoil and the Corn Ethanol Connection
Could ethanol-driven food price increases be at the root of recent unrest in Egypt and the greater Middle East? An article by Robert Bryce in the Energy Tribune explores the connection between the Iowa Presidential Caucuses, ethanol subsidies, and the rising tide of discontent: Biofuels Driving Up Food Prices As Iowa Primary Approaches This year, the US corn ethanol sector will consume 40 percent of | Read More »