The East Coast has been hit with a pretty major snow storm. For some reason, this is international news. To be fair, 25 inches of snow is quite a bit, although less than the Great Halloween Blizzard that struck the Twin Cities in 1991. I can tell I am getting old, reminiscing about great snowfalls of the past!
But we are living in the era of Global Warming, so weather news has taken on a whole new dimension. Watts Up With That? notes Craig Kelly’s Facebook post on wind power in Sweden. It turns out that wind power doesn’t work well under wintry conditions:
The entire rationale for wind turbines is to stop global warming by reducing the amount of CO2 being returned to the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels.
In the attached picture, recently taken in Sweden, freezing cold weather has caused the rotor blades of a wind turbine to ice up bringing the blades to a complete stop.
To fix the “problem” a helicopter is employed (burning aviation fuel) to spray hot water (which is heated in the frigid temperatures using a truck equipped with a 260 kW oil burner) on the blades of the turbine to de-ice them.
The aviation fuel, the diesel for the truck, and the oil burned to heat the water, could produce more electricity (at the right time to meet demand) than the unfrozen wind turbine could ever produce. (Before it freezes up again).
The attached picture is a metaphor of the complete insanity of the climate change debate.
In decades to come this one photo alone with sum up an era of stupidity, when rational thought, logic and commonsense was abandoned and immense wealth and resources needlessly sacrificed.
Immense wealth and resources are indeed being sacrificed, but not exactly needlessly. A great deal of money is being made, and a great deal of power is being transferred to the world’s governments. Which is the principal point of global warming alarmism.