Trump to sign “energy independence” executive order today, killing Obama climate regs

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President Donald Trump will issue a sweeping “energy independence” executive order today to dismantle signature global warming policies put in place by the Obama administration.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told ABC News Trump would issue the order tomorrow to make “sure that we have a pro-growth and pro-environment approach to how we do regulation in this country.”

“The executive order is going to address the past administration’s effort to kill jobs across this country through the Clean Power Plan,” Pruitt told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos of the “energy independence” executive order on Sunday.

Trump promised to eliminate “job-killing” energy regulations during his campaign, specifically rolling back an EPA regulation limiting greenhouse gas emissions on power plants — the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

The upcoming order goes even farther than axing the CPP, according to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Dlouhy, who got a sneak peek at Tuesday’s order. Here’s what…

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Australia’s Energy Crisis: Hazelwood Closure Means Higher Prices & More Blackouts

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The Federal Large-Scale RET has just claimed another scalp in the shape of 1,600MW of reliable base-load plant at Hazelwood, Victoria – as well as more than 1,000 well-paid blue-collar jobs and an entire regional community.

That loss follows hot on the heels of the breathtakingly stupid decision by South Australia’s hapless Labor government to reject, out of hand, offers by Alinta to keep its Port Augusta plant up and running.

While Labor is keeping the terms of what was offered under wraps (fighting freedom of information applications being pursued by SA Liberals and the media), STT’s SA operatives inform us that the owners of Port Augusta, Alinta would have accepted around $27 million to keep its plant running for another 5 years, representing the dismissal of what would have been a canny investment – compared with the $550 million of taxpayers’ money that Weatherill is determined to throw at a

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Elephant in the Room: Australia’s Renewable Energy Target the Cause of an Energy Calamity

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Australia’s energy crisis is all self-inflicted and largely down to the scaremongering waged by global warming catastrophists.

A rolling jumble of false premises and false promises, the frenzied and ill-thought-out reaction to the ‘threat’ posed by CO2 gas has all but destroyed Australia’s once natural advantage of having abundant, cheap and reliable energy.

Here’s The Australian’s Nick Cater on the Genesis of a perfectly avoidable calamity.

Look out when science and politics tell us the future
The Australian
Nick Cater
15 March 15 2017

The broken promises of green energy were as inevitable as they will be costly

A growing mood of catastrophism is enveloping our more serious newspapers as the cost of anthropogenic change to the business climate bites.

A decade of ill-judged environmental and energy policy has exacted a terrible toll on the national economy. There is little chance of the investment needed to rid South Australia of…

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South Australia’s Risible RET Rescue: Giant $150m Tesla Battery to Power SA for 4 Minutes

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Jay Weatherill: forces SA taxpayers to pay $550m to fix his own disaster.

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South Australia’s wind powered energy calamity hit high farce in the week just gone. Its vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill proved the adage that when you’re in a hole it’s best to stop digging; except that he didn’t – and, instead, determined to dig into taxpayers’ empty pockets.

Faced with a looming electoral disaster 12 months from now, SA’s hapless Labor government is desperate to keep the lights on, having bet the house on wind power.

Announcing a plan that, at a minimum, will cost $550 million to set up (rather than run), Weatherill and his bully-boy sidekick, Tom Koutsantonis demonstrated that hubris and ignorance are not mutually exclusive virtues in South Australian politics.

After repeated blackouts have hit the economic basket case since its last coal-fired power plant closed in May last year – with more…

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How Green Hypocrites Use Energy Illiteracy to Prey on the Gullible and Naive

The Painful Truth About Novelty Energy….

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In Australia, at least, education has been reduced to helping our little darlings understand why they feel the way they do.

The hard graft of maths and science has given way to gender theory. Little wonder that the current generation have no idea how energy is produced, how much is consumed and who or what consumes it: let’s call it ‘energy illiteracy’.

But it’s not just the young that suffer from a lack of even a basic understanding of how power is produced.

With a few exceptions, politicians of every hue in this country exhibit their ignorance of the operation of electricity grids and power markets every time they open their mouths.

The result is one class of fools leading another; the blind leading the naked.

The intellectual vacuum thus created has allowed the wind cult to fill the void with lies and myths. Start with the language. Electricity generated…

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Denmark’s Wind Farm Revolt: Danes Demand & Get Ban on New Wind Turbines

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Denmark is the home of the original eco-fascist profiteers – Vestas – the struggling turbine makerrun by by a band of crooks – once exhorted the world to “Act on (its parallel universe version of the) Facts”: paying $millions to the Australian Greens and Trotskyite fronts like Getup! & Co – pitching lies like the one about the noise from V112s being just like the noise from a fridge 500m away (see our post here).

Whacked with costly lawsuits from wind farm neighbours – in one case a court awarding Dkr 500,000 (A$93,439) in compensation for the substantial reduction in the value of the plaintiffs’ home, caused by incessant turbine noise – the wind industry did its best to collude with a then pliant government to extricate itself from further liability (see our post here).

The Danish wind industry then resorted to the wholesale destruction of…

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The Truth About Living Near Wind Turbines…

Once turbines arrive, say goodbye to peace and quiet

I sat in my living room reading this article last night with painfully throbbing ears and a headache, due to turbine noise that penetrates through the walls of my house. The noise kept me awake until 3 a.m. I had to write a reply to the tripe that was published in the OBSERVER (Feb. 19).

I bought my home to reside, because of its semi-secluded, quiet and peaceful nature. There is a river across the road from me and wooded area that surrounds me. I enjoyed listening to the river and birds, which is about all I ever heard, until a wind farm was erected around my property. There is a never-ending, jet-like sound that rips through my property and house. There is nothing natural about the noise that comes from these turbines and they are loud! The peaceful existence I once enjoyed here has been stolen from me!

EDP Renewables and the town of Chateaugay’s Jericho Rise Wind Farm was planted too close to my house. There are four 482-foot turbines approximately 1,800 to 2,600 feet from my home. The industry standard for turbine “setbacks” from residences are ridiculously too close.

Much of the time, sound levels at the west and south side of my home is above the allowable 50 dBA which the town of Chateaugay has deemed to be acceptable and legal. The lower frequency dBC levels for sound, or infrasound, are not even taken into account. According to acoustic engineering experts, dBC sound levels have a much higher pressure rating than dBA readings. This noise is detrimental to human health and is well documented throughout the world. I am living proof. The noise inside and outside of my home is a completely menacing nuisance.

I am not a “naysayer.” I am living with these behemoths that surround my property. In fact, I have been living with wind turbines from an older wind farm approximately 3-4 miles from me for the past 6 1/2 years. About 7 months out of the year, due to leafless trees, I can see 15 of them from my front porch. They really don’t bother me. I can’t say I like them, but I can’t hear them either.

I was never an opponent of wind power. I am a science teacher of 11 years and teach about sound and alternative energies. It is in the state curriculum. I even went to an all day wind power teacher’s workshop to get a better understanding of wind energy eight years ago. The wind industry has been setting us up for a fall a long time ago.

By the way, standing directly underneath a turbine is the quietest place to listen to them. Stand back 500, 1000, 1500 feet and downwind from them, and if you still think they are not loud, then you must be deaf. If anyone would like to come to my home in Chateaugay to get a true experience of what these monsters sound like, you are welcome to visit. A town councilman from a neighboring town was here yesterday and he said, “When I first came inside, it almost sounded louder inside than outside.” Yes, it does. It’s like living inside a drum.

As far as a tax base for your community is concerned, there will be none. They will not pay any business property tax whatsoever. The wind farm company will cram a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Program down your throat. The county, town and possibly school district will receive a pittance compared to what the wind developer receives in government subsidies. This is how they can afford to build these wind farms.

The absurdity of saying that birds will just fly around the towers is also ridiculous. Birds of prey are looking down to the ground for food, not what’s in front of them. Migratory birds are flying in excess of 40 miles per hour. They do not have the ability to just stop in mid-air and fly around.

Putting “hope and trust” in the wind company is dangerous. I have made many complaints to EDP Renewables and Chateaugay about the nuisance noise. They have been to my house once to take a sound test. It was taken on a day with 2-3 mph wind speeds, and in between my house and garage which blocks all of the south wind. The town engineer said the reading was 38.5 dBA.

Folks, it is not a far stretch from 38.5 dBA to over 50 dBA when the winds are from the west or south in excess of 12 miles per hour. I know, because I have been taking my own sound level readings since Jan. 1. The town and EDP Renewables said they would be taking multiple tests. Two days later, with no notice, town board members popped into my backyard at 9:30 a.m. with a sound meter. I wondered what they were doing here, because it was a legal holiday and again, practically no wind. They acted as though they didn’t realize I was home. They didn’t even knock on my door.

They stated they would be back. Just before they left, one town board member stated, “We wouldn’t want these in our backyard either.” I called the town supervisor later in the day and asked to be notified 24 hours in advance and that I want to be present when these tests were done. They have not been back since. It has been almost two months. I have been lied to and ignored.

During this time, I was introduced to a well credentialed acoustic engineer through a friend. He sent me data on what a proper sound test should include. I have continued to call the EDP Renewable complaint hotline. They were supposed to take more tests last week. I sent EDP Renewables operations manager, town engineer and town supervisor data from the acoustic engineer about what I would be expecting for a proper sound test. I am being ignored once again. So, if anyone thinks that the process of developing a wind farm (before, during or after) is honest and trustworthy, you really should be talking to people that are living in the middle of a wind farm.

Please, do not be fooled by any wind farm company! Also, if you are a non-participating landowner, do not sign their “Neighbor Agreement.” You will lose all your rights (on, under, over, around, etc.) as a property owner. If you have any of the problems I am experiencing right now, you will lose the ability to do or say anything to anyone about it. It is a “gag order” for a very small annual payment.

In closing, I need to say that I gain nothing by writing this. It is only to help those that may be in danger of having to live with a wind farm near their home.

Kevin Sigourney is a resident of Chateaugay, which is located in Franklin County in northern New York.