Monday, February 15, 2010

Wind Energy's Ghosts

Dead and broken Windmills at Kamaoa

American Thinker author Andrew Walden writes -- Bankrupt Europe has a lesson for Congress about wind power.


The sound floats on the winds of Ka Le, this southernmost tip of Hawaii's Big Island, where Polynesian colonists first landed some 1,500 years ago.

Some say that Ka Le is haunted -- and it is. But it's haunted not by Hawaii's legendary night marchers The mysterious sounds are "Na leo o Kamaoa"-- the disembodied voices of 37 skeletal wind turbines abandoned to rust on the hundred-acre site of the former Kamaoa Wind Farm

So not only is costs of installing the windmills way out of line with any possible return, but even in a place where wind-shaped trees grow sideways, maintenance issues and costs are overwhelming, and bankrupting the companies with the high hopes of riches from wind.

The windmills also quit working when it gets really cold, sigh.

I wonder why all these renewable energy plants were abandoned -- More photos of abandoned wind farms here.

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