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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Fire is the second most common accident cause in incidents found. Fire can arise from a number of sources - and some turbine types seem more prone to fire than others. A total of 190 fire incidents were found:
By year:
Year
70s
80s
90s
00
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12*
No.
6
3
2
24
17
15
14
12
21
17
17
13
20
9
* To 30 June 2012 only
The biggest problem with turbine fires is that, because of the turbine height, the fire brigade can do little but watch it burn itself out. While this may be acceptable in reasonably still conditions, in a storm it means burning debris being scattered over a wide area, with obvious consequences. In dry weather there is obviously a wider-area fire risk, especially for those constructed in or close to forest areas and/or close to housing or work places. Three fire accidents have badly burned wind industry workers.

Dangers of Turbines

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…

A Huge Flash of Blue

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/2734

 

“I saw a huge flash of blue out on the side of the hill where the windmills were. It started in the middle and spread out in all directions.  It lit up the whole hillside the white-out…

Wuthering Heights: The Dangers of Wind Power

08/20/2007

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/wuthering-heights-the-dangers-of-wind-power-a-500902.html

Wuthering Heights: The Dangers of Wind Power

By Simone Kaiser and Michael Fröhlingsdorf

Wind turbines continue to multiply the world over. But as they grow bigger and bigger, the number of dangerous accidents is climbing. How safe is…

Dangers of Wind Power

Credits: ©Augu Spiegel Online International

By Simone Kaiser and Michael Fröhlingsdorf

http://www.solaripedia.com/13/25/dangers_of_wind_power.html

August 2007

 

Spiegel Online International

 

Wind turbines continue to multiply the world over. But as they grow bigger and bigger, the number of dangerous accidents…

When Turbines Go Bad

Lightening Damage – Netherlands July, 26

Fire – January 2007

Fire – Palm Springs, California, June 2007

Collapse – Scotland, November 2007

Collapse – Oregon, August 2007

Fire – Sutherland, December 2005

Fire – Burgos, Spain, July 2007

Explosion –…

A timely reminder before fire seasons start in Australia

Dr Sarah Laurie, MD, September 26, 2011

Many of us have expressed our ongoing legitimate concerns about the fire issues with respect to turbines, which include the following:

 

1. Currently no restrictions on operations of turbines on…

WIND TURBINE EXPLODES INTO FLAMES

Discovery News

Analysis by Nic Halverson
Sun Dec 11, 2011

Nothing is more emblematic of clean, renewable energy than the soothing blades of a wind turbine placidly turning in the breeze. Whenever I encounter a wind farm, I’m instantly…