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.

Background

FAQ

http://www.wind-watch.org/faq-size.php

How big is a wind turbine?
Industrial wind turbines are a lot bigger than ones you might see in a schoolyard or behind someone’s house.

The widely used GE 1.5-megawatt model, for example, consists of 116-ft blades atop a…

Europe’s Ill Wind

http://www.wind-watch.org/video-europe.php

This video is available here via Blip.tv. It is about the views of people living near existing or planned wind farm developments. Their objections have been dismissed by the wind industry, government and pro-wind campaigners as selfish Nimbyism, leaving…

It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of when

June 5, 2011 by ottawawindconcerns

http://northgowerwindactiongroup.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/wind-turbines-fires-not-if-when/

In the current issue of North American Clean Energy, a huge, tabloid-sized glossy magazine for the “renewable” energy sector, is an article titled “Taming Turbine Fires Before They Start.” Here are…