The utopian vision of clean energy, reduced carbon emissions, windmills and solar panels continues to fall apart. That’s not to say all of those things are bad. Quite the contrary in fact. We need to reduce carbon emissions, and using wind and solar as a complement to fossil fuels is a great idea. However scrapping dino-fuel in favor of hoping the wind is blowing and the sun is shining is a bad idea that is no longer waiting to happen. In some parts of the world, it is already happening. Check this out.
Scotland’s green-obsessed left-separatist government has been left with egg on its face by revelations that dozens of gigantic onshore wind turbines are having to be hooked up to diesel generators, leaking thousands of litres of hydraulic oil into the countryside.
Scottish Power — led by a Spaniard, Ignacio Galan, and actually a subsidiary of Spanish firm Iberdrola — conceded that some 71 of its turbines had to be hooked up to diesel generators to keep them warm in December, according to the Sunday Mail, with a whistleblower telling the left-leaning newspaper that problems with the turbines are deep-seated.
Green Agenda Setback! Cold Weather, Wind Not Blowing Sees UK Bring Coal Power Plants Back Online https://t.co/8r0ozGT6hX
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) January 22, 2023
Hold up! So, you’re trying to tell me that it still gets cold in some parts of the world? Cold enough that wind turbines might not function like Al Gore thought they would? I’m shocked. Sarcasm aside, if possible, this certainly had to be an issue they knew was possible. So, how do you remedy situations like this? Good old fashioned diesel fuel! Dinosaurs to the rescue!
“During December 60 turbines at Arecleoch and 11 at Glenn App were de-energised due to a cabling fault… In order to get these turbines re-energised diesel generators were running for upwards of six hours a day,” they revealed.
“Turbines are regularly offline due to faults where they are taking energy from the grid rather than producing it, and also left operating on half power for long periods due to parts which haven’t been replaced,” they continued.
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“Dirty hydraulic oil is also regularly being sprayed out across the Scottish countryside due to cracks in mechanisms.
Wind power, hydroelectric, and solar are side dishes, not the main course. Fossil fuels will always be needed to run things because the technology, cost, and practicality of renewables simply isn’t a reality. As more wind and solar farms pop up worldwide, more and more issues are becoming apparent.
Wind turbines having issues with wind — the resource they are supposed to be able to tap for renewable energy — was far from unheard of prior to this, with other Welsh turbines lighting up like “giant Catherine wheels” after gales caused them to burst into flames in a 2014 incident, for example.
Renewable, green energy is a good idea, it just needs to be in ADDITION to fossil fuels. The fossil fuel industry can work on burning cleaner and more efficiently while the green industry can focus on making their technology actually reliable and usable. We need a compromise, not a mandate. Sadly, common sense is in shorter supply than the precious metals in lithium-ion batteries, so throw on a sweater, might be a few really cold winters coming up.