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When Green Posturing No Longer Works

Recently I made several trips to the Wanganui area of the North Island of New Zealand and on the way I passed through a range of hills where wind farms have been built. These huge wind turbines were standing idle on each occasion I went by and it occurred to me then that governments are spending large amounts of Tax Payer money on white elephants in an attempt to appear green. Of course there would be times when the turbines would be turning but in contrast to Hydro-power they appear to be very inefficient.
New Zealand is blessed with vast numbers of streams and rivers that flow all year round. You would have to wonder why politicians have not focused on small hydro generating plants at local levels to provide power for communities.

Political virtue signalling is disastrous for a country.

The construction and installation of wind farms appears to be driven by ecological posturing. These farms are actually a blight on the landscape (visual pollution), a major hazard for bird life and they make a huge amount of sound pollution. The materials used to construct such farms correctly are far from good for the environment, the very opposite of green, so why are politicians so keen to go with them?
Because they are highly visible and make it look like governments are doing something about the need to produce electricity in a green way even if it is a temporary fix. Wind farms give the appearance of being green but they are not, by a long shot.



Is nuclear power a viable solution to increasing electricity requirements?

Nuclear power plants are appearing all through Europe and America but are they really a good idea? New Zealand has said no to Nuclear but when the wind farms prove inadequate, will the New Zealand government by-pass the obvious hydro solution and go for nuclear? The storage of High Level Waste which is produced from Nuclear power generation has always been a major stumbling block for it’s wide spread use. The obvious visual pollution from these giant power plants coupled with the waste problem makes them a very risky idea, especially in earthquake prone New Zealand where Chernobyl level disasters could easily occur.

Solar?

If all houses had solar panels, yes, households could be run on solar but currently panels only last about ten years and then there is the problem of energy storage in batteries for overnight use. Battery technology is something that government could be investing in but of course it is not so visible as giant wind turbines. Also batteries are not considered ‘green’ so that is a hurdle to overcome.

Think big or think small


A small hydro generation plant for village power in China.

Thinking local and small has a lot going for it and local sewerage and power generation can be much more successful than large scale think big projects.
There are plants in some countries where waste (household rubbish) is burned to generate power. It is a way of disposing of the rubbish and producing electricity. Even this could be done on a local level.

Plastic can be turned back into oil. That could help the environment if governments got behind the idea.
The internal combustion engine is a remarkable invention and is still used for 85% of the planet’s transport and mechanical needs. It’s said that the southern ocean below New Zealand has vast untouched reservoirs of oil deposits, as has Antarctica.

Could the whole greening of the planet just be another centralising, political power game? Certainly, huge wind farms hooked up to an ugly national grid are not helping the environment.

One Comment

  1. Keith Keith April 14, 2022

    These hideous eyesores should be banned, they don’t generate power when its not windy and they are not easily disposed of, the mini hydro generators sounds like a good idea as does nuclear but with the Commie Greens around that is doomed to fail.

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