Meretricious: Plausibly significant but actually false and insincere; specious. Also, pretentious, deceptively pleasing but intrinsically rotten. From the Latin

meretrix: a prostitute.

Meretricity: 1. Electricity produced by meretricious machines that seek to convert wind energy into modern power. 2. Electricity subsidized by meretricious politics. See also oxymoron, since wind technology cannot, of itself, produce modern power, and crony capitalism, since wind subsides could not exist without it.


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RSPB makes a killing… from windfarm giants behind turbines accused of destroying rare birds

7 April 2013

By JAMES DELLINGPOLE

 

  • The charity is making hundreds of thousands of pounds from wind power
  • But millions of birds, including at risk species, are killed by turbines each year

 

The RSPB is making hundreds of thousands of pounds from the wind power industry – despite the turbines killing millions of birds every year.

Golden eagles, hen harriers, Corn Buntings and other rare and threatened species are especially at risk, conservationists say.

Yet in its latest ‘partnership deal’, the bird charity receives £60 for every member who signs up to a dual-fuel account with windfarm developer Ecotricity.

It also receives £40 each time  a customer opens an account  with Triodos Bank, which finances renewable industry projects including wind turbines.

In a previous partnership with Southern & Scottish Electricity (SSE), which invests in wind and other renewable energy, the RSPB admits to having made £1?million over ten years.

The charity claims that windfarms play an important role in the battle against climate change, which ‘poses the single greatest long-term threat to birds and other wildlife’, and that wind turbines caused only ‘significant detrimental effects’ when poorly sited.

But critics argue there is no such thing as a well-sited windfarm and that the charity has been taken over by green zealots.

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Three million dollar 187 Ton Wind Turbine Crashes From 200 Feet

Mar-10-10

http://www.democraticunderground.com

 

Three million dollar 187 Ton Wind Turbine Crashes From 200 Feet, Waking the Neighbor Across the Street. The guy who lives across the street – who probably hasn’t slept a solid night since the grease sticks in the sky were installed – said there was a, um, “thud.”

He’s lucky he has a head, not that if he had been beheaded, “wind will save us” types would give a rat’s ass.

One can never have enough poorly constructed unreliable and dangerous metal hovering over one’s head, so they’ll fork over another 3 million to replace the junkyard in the sky.

This should create “jobs! jobs! jobs!” since there are still 19 other ones waiting to fall down.

The bold is mine. This statement, “no one was hurt” makes the flying shards of metal as deadly as the tritium that uneducated anti-nukes always cry about as they work tirelessly to destroy climate change gas free infrastructure like the largest single source of climate change gas free energy in Vermont, the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The difference of course, between Vermont Yankee and the sky junkyard of course, is that Vermont Yankee is reliable and that it has worked for 38 years and will only be destroyed by ignorance and fear.

No word yet on how many people will be killed by the dangerous fossil fuel waste from all the trucks driving around trying to replace the junk heap.

Fire destroys top of wind turbine near Goderich

April 2, 2013

http://london.ctvnews.ca

 

There will be one less wind turbine in Ontario.

An overnight fire has destroyed the top portion of a wind turbine at the Kingsbridge Wind Farm near Goderich, Ont.

The fire in the seven-year-old turbine began around 1 a.m. on Tuesday and had burned itself out about two hours later.

Dan Hayden of Kingsbridge Wind Farm Operations says “It has burnt itself out through the night and we have a team of specialists coming to do a root-cause analysis.”

Neighbours speculate it was a mechanical or electrical problem because the blaze started where all the gears and electronics in the turbine are located.

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Read more: http://london.ctvnews.ca/fire-destroys-top-of-wind-turbine-near-goderich-1.1220567#ixzz2PQ1q2hNs

Concern over wind farms and fires

March 13, 2013

http://www.yasstribune.com.au

 

Residents around the Yass Valley are worried wind turbines will put their properties at risk from bushfires.

The recent Cobbler Road fire tore through land where the Yass Valley and Conroy’s Gap wind farms are proposed.

Bookham property owner Sam Weir said aeroplanes couldn’t fly within one kilometre of a stationary turbine, and weren’t allowed within five kilometres down wind of a moving turbine.

Wind farm company Epuron said turbines wouldn’t stop fire fighting aircraft from assisting during an emergency.

Yass Valley Wind Farm project manager Andrew Wilson said planes wouldn’t be able to fly too close so fire fighting would be different.

 

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Wind turbine collapses in Bradworthy, North Devon

January 29, 2013

http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk

 

A 35-metre turbine has collapsed near Holsworthy leaving the tower lying on the ground.

The turbine at East Ash Farm in Bradworthy was erected in 2010 by Dulas Ltd.

Dulas has confirmed this morning that a “complication” has occurred with the turbine and the situation is currently being investigated. They did not want to comment further.

The Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbine, which was the first model of its kind to be erected in the country, has a five year warranty.

 

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WIND TURBINES FAN FIRE RISK

January 13, 2013

theland.com.au

ALL rural districts have been harshly reminded that bushfires are a major part of our lives.

Large contingents of volunteer fire fighters with ample aerial support and the occasional fortunate and timely wind shift certainly saved lives, property and livestock. All involved deserve the greatest praise.

How could our elected governments even remotely consider putting this fragile and potentially lethal high fire risk environment at greater risk by approving the construction of hundreds, if not thousands of industrial wind turbines on the top of our ridges and hills?

Wind farm proponents, owners and hosts will all tell you verbatimly that wind turbines pose only a “minimal fire risk”.

Do not misunderstand that this risk, albeit “minimal”, is on top of the already high fire risk, not instead of.

Do we need a new fire risk category for wind farms? Maybe ultra high?

Why is it that common sense goes out the window when the almighty dollar knocks on the door.

Nowhere else in the world are wind turbines built in conditions like ours.

At the moment for example, the Boorowa Shire is confronted with applications from at least three wind farm proponents.

They would like to site approximately 300 turbines ranging in height from 150 metres to 180m. These towers will be placed on top of 40 to 50m high ridges making them overshadow the inhabitants who live and make their living in the valleys below by 200 to 250m. (The Harbour Bridge is 138m from the water to the top).

Planes and helicopters are a major weapon used to control a bushfire and give support to ground crews.

The wind farm proponents brush aside any suggestion their turbines may be a risk to these pilots by saying they will simply shut the turbines down in a fire event.

Obviously pilots cannot nor should not risk death by flying into a nine tonne, 60m smoke-shrouded blade somewhere below them, whether it is moving at 260 kilometres an hour on not. For their own safety, fire crews will need to set up outside the wind farm by as much as 1km to get support.

Allowing a fire a 1km chance to escalate will increase its potential to destroy property and life.

The increased risk will result in increased insurance premiums and claims. Wind farm owners, hosts and neighbours will have to pay the price.

The owners and hosts can use their profits and rental income to cover this additional expense, but the neighbours will be left out of pocket or uninsured.

Owners, hosts and government who have granted approval to create this problem will no doubt find themselves defending damages claims brought on by affected parties and their insurance companies.

This letter and other forms of warning have put the potential defendants on notice. They would be fool hardy to ignore it.

JIM HAMILTON,
“Silverwood”,
Rugby.

Ontario Fire College – Calendar

A MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE MARSHAL OF ONTARIO

The Ontario Fire College continues to be the focal point of education and training for fire services in the province of Ontario. As an education and training centre of excellence, the college is continually engaged in transforming itself to better serve fire department training needs, as well as fire protection needs of all municipalities in Ontario. Last calendar year, the college reached new milestones by delivering more courses, and more off?campus courses, than in any previous year. This was a major step forward in achieving the goal of becoming more accessible, while providing quality education and training.

To build on the successes of last year, I envision that this year’s calendar will continue to build on making the Ontario Fire College the focal point of fire service education and training. To that end, we are establishing an e?registration process to better serve our stakeholders. We continue to build stronger working relationships with regional training centres. This year, courses offered at some of these centres across the province are identified in our course calendar. In addition, some partnerships have been established with e?learning groups to provide online courses. This delivery method will make training more accessible and affordable, as requested by our stakeholders.

Programs and courses are being transformed in order to better serve your needs. Keeping in mind the importance of the three lines of defense, the Public Educator course is being revamped and will become a core course in the Fire Prevention Officer Diploma Program. As a result, graduates of the diploma program will obtain both the Public Information Officer and the Public Educator certificates as part of the program. Workshops that focus on specific topics and issues will also be offered to public educators.

In addition, courses such as FLASHOVER, Master Trainer Facilitator, and Trainer Facilitator have been revamped. Other courses, such as the Solar Panel course and the Fire Safety Inspection and Enforcement seminar, have been added to the calendar to fill a need identified by the fire service in Ontario.

The Ontario Fire College is committed to working with all of our stakeholders and partners to continue to provide high quality education and training that is attainable, accessible, and affordable from an on?campus, an off?campus, and an e?learning perspective. I hope that you will continue to take advantage of these opportunities and continue growing with the Ontario Fire College.

Lastly, as the Ontario Fire College continues to transform itself, I thank you for your contribution and dedication to the education and training transformation process. With your strong partnership and continued support, we will continue to provide exemplary education and training for a safer Ontario.

Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek
Fire Marshal of Ontario

 

Online Course Offerings

The OFC has partnered with CERPS (Centre for Emergency & Public Safety) to offer Legislation 101, CO 30102, CO401, CO701/FPO601, CO 703, CO 704/FPO604, CO 901, and the Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Wind Turbines, and Firefighter Safety courses online. Equivalency for EPC can also be obtained through Get Ready Online Inc. More information on how to register is available in the 2013?2014 Calendar under the heading “ONTARIO FIRE COLLEGE COURSES OFFERED ONLINE”.

 

Download the Ontario Fire College 2013 – 2014 Calendar …

Communities Burned by Turbines

January 14, 2013

Media Release

 

The past weeks extreme weather conditions and high fire dangers across the nation, especially eastern Australia, have once again heightened awareness of the dangers and difficulties of fighting fires in close proximity of industrial wind energy developments.

Over the last week aerial water bombing has been critical in containing fires in many areas of proposed wind turbine developments. If the wind turbine developments had already been in existence aerial water bombing would not have been able to be utilized and fire would likely have continued to spread out of control, destroying life, more homes, property and livestock.
As stated by the NSW Rural Fire Service: “Aircraft are one of the most essential tools of the Rural Fire Service. http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cfm?cat_id=1120

 

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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems and Wind Turbines

The introduction of the Green Energy Act, 2009 in 2009 to generate growth in clean and renewable energy sources resulted in a significant increase in the number of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbine systems installed across Ontario. It is anticipated that the number of installations will continue to grow at a significant rate in the coming years. Concerns have been raised that this growth will lead to a corresponding increase in the number of fires involving these systems, introducing new and unfamiliar hazards to responding fire service personnel.

 

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Smart Meter Installations in Ontario May Pose a Potential Fire Hazard

Ontario introduced smart meters, along with a “time-of-use” electricity price structure, to help consumers manage electricity costs. Over 4.5 million smart meters have been installed in residences and small businesses across Ontario since the start of the program in 2007.

The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) has been made aware of safety concerns relating to the installation of smart meters at residential and industrial occupancies in Ontario.

Since May 2011, there have been seven reported incidents of smouldering fires and/or explosions involving either the electrical smart meter or the meter base to which it is mounted. Anecdotal information indicates that these incidents resulted from a meter base problem, an installation problem or a failed meter. At this time, no injuries have been attributed to any of these incidents. In all but one case, the fire department was notified of the incident. The OFM is currently investigating four of the incidents.

 

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