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.

Safety and Turbines

Please read this article carefully.

Embedded are serious safety concerns about:
Photos speak volumes in this article; Safety of Wind Systems.

1.   Ejection of ice (ice throw)
2.   Electrical hazards
3.   An informal survey of 75 US wind farms (their word, we say factories), 60% were behind in regular maintenance
4.   Children must be prohibited from playing near or under the turbines, especially in icy or windy weather
5.   Inconsistent unproven safety siting rules to humans
6.   Blade ejection
7.   Tower collapse
8.   Lightning strikes
9.   Hazardous solvent chemicals
10. Oil spills
11. High voltage electricity and cabling
12. Risk assessment not reviewed on a yearly basis
13. Fatigue failure
14. Risk to low flying aircraft
15. Structural tower collapse
16. Shadow flicker
17. Dangers to livestock, cattle
18. Must be considered industrial sites and labelled to the public as such
19. Rotor over speed failure
20. No tall ladders to intervene in fire scenarios
21. Short circuits overheating alternators and gear box oil causing fire
22. Construction errors

It appears that regular maintenance of turbines is costly and about 60% of the time not being done. What casualties and fire risks are our legislators and developers placing in our path?

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