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.

Media Release: INCREASED FIRE RISK FROM WIND TURBINES

Australian Industrial Wind Turbine Awareness Network


10th December 2012


Media Release
INCREASED FIRE RISK FROM WIND TURBINES

 

 

The recent weekend bushfires near proposed wind energy developments, one in Victoria, in the area of the proposed Cherry Tree wind energy project and one on the Yorke Peninsula, SA near the proposed CERES Wind Energy project clearly highlight the danger of locating large industrial wind turbines in high fire risk areas.

Rural fire brigades are not equipped to extinguish fires in 150m high burning turbines and must wait for the turbine to collapse before they can safely extinguish the fire.

This is completely at odds with the long-standing protocol of timely attendance and speedy fire suppression to remove the threat of fire spreading.

 

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