A two-megawatt windmill is made up of 260 tons of steel that required 300 tons of iron ore and 170 tons of coking coal, all mined, transported and produced by hydrocarbons.
It holds 700 gallons of oil and hydraulic fluid, and just as a car, these need to be replaced every 9 months.
People might fall for the idea that we can merrily run on sunshine and breezes alone, but with a few trillion dollars worth of mythical mega-batteries providing backup for a few minutes, it could spin until it falls apart over and over again and never generate as much energy as was invested in building it.
In fact installing the foundation of a single offshore turbine can consume 18,857 barrels of marine fuel during construction, according to calculations published by Forbes.
Offshore wind farms often have over 100 wind turbines, meaning that building them requires almost 2 million barrels of fuel just to power the ships involved in construction.
“You can’t even construct or operate offshore wind turbines without oil,” Chris Warren, a spokesman for the free-market Institute for Energy Research, explains. “For decades, we have been told that wind, solar, and other so-called ‘green’ sources are the future, and yet these sources remain expensive, intermittent, and unreliable despite government mandates and subsidies. Offshore wind in particular remains one of the most expensive sources of electricity that exists.”
Consider the life cycle of a wind turbine:
🔹giant diesel powered mining trucks and machines dig deep into the earth for iron ore
🔹fossil-fueled ships take the ore to a facility that will use fossil fuels to crush it and permeate it with petro-chemicals to extract the metal from the ore
🔹This metal will be taken in a diesel truck or locomotive to a smelter which runs exclusively on fossil fuels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the 12 to 20 years they may last
🔹There are over 8,000 parts to a wind turbine which are delivered over global supply chains via petroleum-fueled ships, rail, air, and trucks to the assembly factory.
🔹There are 435 million miles of asphalted roads in the world. Wind turbines and solar panels and their raw materials depend on these roads, and the energy to build and maintain them. Roads are how the diesel cement trucks arrive at the wind turbine site to pour many tons of concrete while other diesel trucks carry segments of the wind turbine to the site and workers arrive in gas or diesel vehicles to assemble it.
Here are more considerations not usually revealed in corporate media, Big Energy, Big Environment and the Biden White House:
🔹Windmills require petroleum every single step of their life cycle. If they can’t replicate themselves using wind turbine generated electricity, they are not sustainable
🔹Not enough dispatchable power, such as natural gas or hydropower, to balance wind intermittency and unreliability.
🔹Wind blows seasonally, so for much of the year there isn’t adequate wind.
🔹The role of an electrical grid is to keep the supply of power steady and predictable. Wind does the opposite, at some point of penetration, it may become impossible to keep the grid from crashing.
🔹Windmills can’t be built without huge subsidies and tax breaks.
🔹The best wind is too high to capture.
🔹Wide-scale US wind power could cause significant global warming. A Harvard study raises questions about just how much wind should be part of a climate solution.
🔹Wind is only strong enough to justify windmills in a few limited regions.
🔹Wind blows the strongest when customer demand is generally the weakest.
🔹Wind Power surges harm industrial customers.
🔹Windmills take up too much space
🔹Wind turbines break down too often.
🔹Large-scale wind energy slows down winds and reduces turbine efficiencies.
🔹Offshore windmills battered by waves, wind, ice, corrosion, are a true hazard to ships and ecosystems.
🔹Offshore wind farms are susceptible to hurricane destruction.
🔹The costs of lightning damage are extremely high.
🔹Turbines increase the cost of farming.
🔹Wind turbines are already going out of business and fewer are being built in Europe
🔹Germany has been spending more for much longer than other nations, and Energiewiende is a huge failure
🔹The quality of wind resources is location specific, with the best locations often found far from the load center where the transmission grid already exists.
🔹Dead bugs, birds and salt reduce wind power generation by 20 to 30%.
🔹Wind turbines are so much more expensive to decommission than construct, they are so often not even recycled. Here is one of hundreds of graveyards:
🔹Decommissioning wind turbines costs as much as $500,000 per wind turbine
🔹Transmission lines need to be much longer than for traditional plants, and are likely to spark firestorms causing billions in damage.
🔹Wind turbines threaten biodiversity in hundreds of protected, key biodiverse and wilderness areas
🔹Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs are extremely high.
🔹Increasingly high insurance costs from hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, defective equipment, untrained personnel and more.
🔹Blades need to be de-iced with helicopters in the winter.
🔹When oil prices rise, the cost of building and maintaining wind turbines rises.
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