The Cape Wind Project Will Kill Our Views… Did I Say ‘Views’? I Meant Sea-Life.

Cape Wind project map.The Cape Wind offshore wind turbine project was federally approved in 2010 but it’s grounded today. Why? Because attorneys representing well funded groups are still fighting the project and now they’re bringing sea turtles and other sea-life into the fight. Attorney Eric Glitzenstein, who’s representing Cape Wind opponent Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, emailed Tom Zeller Jr. of Huff Po to explain how Cape Wind will adversely affect marine mammals and sea-life around Nantucket Sound. From Mr. Glitzenstein’s legal brief (in HuffPo):

“… [Cape Wind will kill] migratory birds, including endangered and threatened species, harass federally listed sea turtles, and place the gravely endangered North Atlantic right whale at increased risk of ship strikes – the leading cause of the species’ imperilment. In the course of approving the project, defendants contravened the safeguards that Congress established for the affected wildlife.”

It’s very noble to defend marine life pro bono but it’s way too easy to see-through his statement. Here’s my translation:

“…[Cape Wind will kill] our views, including our endangered and threatened views [of Nantucket Sound], harass our views, and gravely endanger our views…”

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Global Solar Capacity Now Exceeds 100 Gigawatts. Wind Farms Break Records And Want Some Lovin Too.

Record breaking solar and wind power capacity.Not too shabby. Since 2011, over 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity has been installed worldwide. The last 30 GW installed in 2012 push the total solar capacity to 102 GW total. From Smart Planet:

“The preliminary results of the EPIA report shows that growth isn’t just concentrated in well-known solar regions, such as Germany. This year, there was a shift towards a more global PV market, with 13 GW of PV installations occurring outside of Europe, compared to just under 8 GW in 2011. The top three non-European markets were China with at least 3.5 GW and possibly as much as 4.5 GW, the United States with 3.2 GW and Japan with 2.5 GW.”

And not to be forgotten, wind farms added 44.7 GW of capacity in 2012 – beating the industry’s single year record, set in 2011, by 10%. Great to know 2012 was win win for renewable energy and not the end of the world. [Smart Planet and Smart Planet]

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Donald Trump Evicts Glenfiddich Scotch From His Properties. Glenfiddich Receives Best Testimonial Ever!

2012 Spirit of Scotland Award winners - Top Scot Michael Forbes

Top Scot - Michael Forbes (front/center)

How do you get some free publicity for your product? Have Donald Trump tweet that he’s dropping it from all of his properties. The beneficiary of the positive publicity this time is The Glenfiddich Distillery after they named Michael Forbes as the recipient of their “Top Scot” at the 2012 Spirit of Scotland Awards.

Donald Trump tweets about Glenfiddich and Michael Forbes.

Farmer Michael Forbes was featured in the documentary “You’ve Been Trumped” about the Donalds bullying effort to build a golf resort on a formerly pristine section of Scottish coastline. In the film, Donald Trump refers to Michael Forbes as the “village idiot” for not backing down and selling his farm to Trump. Now, Mr. Forbes is the Top Scot and Glenfiddich has a new customer – me.

For the record, I’m not a single malt scotch drinker; my tastes are limited to the lower on-sale light beer shelf. But thanks to Mr. Trump’s seal of disapproval, the Glenfiddich single malt is impossible to resist and I’ going to take one for the team and buy a bottle.

Jubbling first wrote about Donald Trump’s Aberdeen golf course when he tried to block a wind farm project off the Scottish coast. His opposition to the off-shore wind turbines followed his usual tactic of threats and name calling. It makes it so easy, with the holidays approaching, to wish that Mr. Trump would be visited by 3 ghosts. [Grist]

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Wind Turbine Syndrome And Solar Panel Syndrome Receive Treatment From The Colbert Report.

“Have you had any of these symptoms: nausea, lack of nausea, forgetting where you put your keys or problems breathing underwater. Well, sounds like you have a bad case of solar panel syndrome.”
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report

Good stuff. [The Colbert Report via Gizmodo]

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The Wind Wants A Job: Promises If Harvested, It Will Cover The World’s Electrical Demand Times 20.

Airborne and land based wind turbines.Kate Marvel, Ken Caldeira and Ben Kravitz researched and reported that there are enough surface winds on the planet to supply 400 terawatts (TW) of power. And if we tapped into high-altitude winds with airborne wind turbines, we could produce approximately 1800 TW. Currently, the world consumes 18 TW.

Meeting our energy demands with wind turbines will affect surface temperature and precipitation but not substantially. The team estimated that by not clustering the wind turbines in one region, the climate changing effect of demand-meeting wind power generation can be minimized to around a 0.2 (F) and only affect precipitation by roughly 1%.

Jubbling’s take: generating renewable wind power at this scale seems like a more viable way to slow down the effects of climate change. Especially when it’s compared to other solutions like the geo-engineered crazy, Greenland-sized space mirror. Just sayin. [Science Daily via e360]

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DONG Snapping… Up Offshore Wind Farms.

Dong snaps up offshore wind farm headline.This is actually good news for wind power. According to DONG CEO, Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen, DONG is expanding its offshore wind farm properties to “strengthen our already ambitious development pipeline in German waters.”

This might be the only time an article opens with the headline DONG Snaps and it’s a good thing. [Business Green]

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