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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Windmills Not the Solution to Energy

The Obama Administration is trying hard to reduce our use of energy, especially coal, oil, and natural gas. Obama wants to replace those sources with so-called green energies such as wind and solar. But there is a big problem with this plan: Wind and solar are not only less efficient and less dependable, but they are very much more expensive and cannot compete in the marketplace against our traditional sources of energy. Nevertheless, Obama is trying to force us to change to wind and solar. He gave a half billion dollars of Stimulus money -- that's taxpayers' money -- to a company named Solyndra that made solar panels. Even with that large infusion of extra money, the company promptly went bankrupt.

The people in the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod got very excited about producing their own green energy, and several years ago they built two of those giant windmills at a cost of $10 million of their town's money. But after they started operation, the citizens of Falmouth found the big windmills very objectionable. First, there was the tremendous noise made by the windmills, which the local residents described as "jet-engine loud." Then they found that the windmills had a dramatic impact on their health. They are suffering headaches, dizziness and sleep deprivation. As one resident said, "Every time the [windmill's] blade has a downward motion, it gives off tremendous energy, a pulse. And that pulse gets into your tubular organs, chest cavity, and mimics a heartbeat. The town officials tried to appease the residents by running the windmills only in the daytime, which meant they were losing money on them every day. Now the townspeople of Falmouth are demanding that the city take them down altogether, which will cost up to $15 million. That's more than it cost to put them up in the first place.

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