New contest for writing a skeptical essay

From the Spectator: Announcing the Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy by Fraser Nelson Matt Ridley has long deplored the wind farm delusion, and was appalled when a family trust was paid by a wind farm company in compensation for mineral rights on land on which it wanted to build a turbine. The trust would…

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Wind power plug pulled in Illinois

End of tax credit a blow for wind power industry Up to 37,000 jobs, many in Illinois, could be lost as projects are halted or abandoned By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter The wind power industry is predicting massive layoffs and stalled or abandoned projects after a deal to renew a tax credit failed Thursday…

Big Wind

  A wind farm is to be built near a nature preserve despite Osage Indian protests Guest post by Dale R. McIntyre A big-city corporation rams through industrial development on a pristine landscape against the wishes of the local Native Americans, who fear their burial grounds and traditional use of the land will be impaired.…

Wind farm ordered dismantled

Mark Duchamp writes in with this news from the Lerida, Autonomous Community (state) of Catalonia, Spain: A judge ordered the removal of 45 wind turbines on the grounds that planning laws were violated. There was no “general municipal plan” establishing a “reserva del suelo” – i.e. the land was not legally declared appropriate for the…