Jon Boone, environmentalist, naturalist, bird and nature artist, wind energy expert: The apotheosis of wind technology was embodied in the wonderful Clipper ships of the 19th Century. There's a good reason they are now consigned to museums. The energy requirements of 2010 insist upon precision, controllable machine performance that passes stern tests for reliability standards. Wind technology is completely inimical to reliable performance standards.
Jon Boone, environmentalist, naturalist, bird and nature artist, wind energy expert: Every major claim made by those who would profit, either financially or ideologically, from wind technology is replete with Owellian doublespeak . Despite the promise of many jobs in the USA, for example, wind provides almost no permanent employment while most wind manufacturing will migrate to China, as much of it has already.
Jon Boone, environmentalist, naturalist, bird and nature artist, wind energy expert: The raison d'etre of the wind industry is to abate significant levels of greenhouse gas emissions many feel are causing precipitous and adverse warming trends in earth's climate. Wind technology is sold as an alternative source of power to coal-fired plants. .. .. .. Those who claim that wind technology can abate meaningful levels of CO2 emissions would admire the three-pack a day guy who decides to improve his health by smoking four packs of filtered cigarettes instead.
Jon Boone, environmentalist, naturalist, bird and nature artist, wind energy expert: So how to make electricity in the Sierra Club's world of the future? The answer: RENEWABLES! Lots of wind and solar. And a move away from central grid dependency by making wind especially part of a distributed generation micro-grid system located near demand centers. All this would be supported by the so-called smart grid, requiring substantial new transmission lines in an effort to improve efficiency and reliability, thereby saving fossil fuel and avoiding carbon emissions while conserving demand by moving it to off-peak hours. The image, but hardly the reality, is one of downsizing and intimacy, and a transition away from centralized control.