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Australia — Wind farms are 96% useless and cost 150 times more than necessary for what they do

Tip of the hat to Clyde for this find….

From JoNova — September 20, 2012

Victoria’s windfarms have saved virtually no coal from being burnt.  South Australian windfarms have saved 4% of their rated capacity in fossil fuels at a cost of $1,474. per ton.

That’s only $1,474. above current price of carbon credits per ton in the EU.  They are 96% useless and cost 150 times more than necessary for what they do (except for the times they are more useless and more expensive).

If we built windfarms for the electricity they generate, we’d be better off paying for reliable electrons from cheap brown coal and using the savings to research a cure for cancer.  The point in putting up expensvie, infrasonic thumping towers of steel and concrete that kill eagles and explode bat lungs is because it reduces our carbon dioxide emissions, except that it doesn’t really.

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