(wattsupwiththat.com, Anthony Watts, Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun) USofA - South Australia without wind turbine electricity again09.Feb.2017
Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun and Anthony Watts: South Australia's wind farms fail again, grinding out just 2 per cent power when the wind's die in a heatwave. Result: blackouts to 40,000 homes as the temperature soars above 40 degrees. And lives put in danger by this green madness.
Jon Boone, environmentalist, naturalist, bird and nature artist, wind energy expert: The electrical grid needs precise, controllable energy input for modern society. Wind energy is unpredictable, highly variable, near useless for regional and national electrical grids. Near double the effort and available power is required to just accommodate the political mandates for wind power.
Jon Boone, environmentalist, naturalist, bird and nature artist, wind energy expert: Modern power is a time machine, not for moving back and forward in time, but rather expanding the time in which we can do other things. As the scale of power production gets larger, costs become less expensive, making the power more generally available. Modern power has lifted billions of people out of the grind of poverty, improving both quantity and quality of life.
Jon Boone, environmentalist, naturalist, bird and nature artist, wind energy expert: “The release of energy from splitting a uranium atom turns out to be 2 million times greater than breaking the carbon-hydrogen bond in coal, oil or wood. Compared to all the forms of energy ever employed by humanity, nuclear power is off the scale. Wind has less than 1/10th the energy density of wood, wood half the density of coal, and coal half the density of octane. Altogether they differ by a factor of about 50. Nuclear has 2 million times the energy density of gasoline. It is hard to fathom this in light of our previous experience. Yet our energy future largely depends on grasping the significance of this differential. “ William Tucker, lecture Understanding E=MC2