We only use polite language here of course.
We were asking yesterday why the feds have not closed down windmill production and operation all across the country. After all, they get far more funding than the privately-contracted campgrounds that they are shutting down (which of course generate income for the feds) and after all, they are far more dangerous to humanity than a rogue campground will ever be. I’d like to see epidemiology on the impact of the drilling and processing of rare earths that are required to be put in windmills and I would like to see workplace safety data on wind production and installation, and importantly to compare that to the evil frackers. You’ll never hear that of course.
But the point of today’s post is that one common complaint against frackers is that they are either state regulated or self-monitored or some other (it is said) rogue-activity risky wasteland of an operation. Fine. Agree with that “argument” for now. Has anyone stopped to ask what sorts of regulations impact wind installations? For example, the wind industry, with the exception of the single large farm at Altamont Pass, has only voluntary “regulations” for monitoring and reporting its impacts on wildlife due to their wind farms. This says nothing of course about what penalties such wind farms face if they violate their voluntarily reported regulations.
But wind is saving the planet, so all bets are off when it comes to saving the planet, right? Say that with a straight face when you study the fracking epidemiology and ability to reduce GHG emissions, lower electricity costs and most importantly reduce harmful particulates from the burning of more carbon intensive fuels (btw: stop using the term fossil fuels, a misleaeding term if ever there was one).
Have a nice day.