My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, August 30, 2007

How about wind farms without wind???

You'd think they'd have figured out to put wind farms where the wind is...
For anyone building a wind farm, it might seem an unnecessary piece of advice - put it somewhere windy.

Astonishingly, however, many turbines are going up on sites which are simply not breezy enough, energy consultants have claimed.

They say farms are being built in the "wrong places" because of the pressure to hit Government targets in the race to produce green energy.

But the "badly sited and underperforming" turbines are not reliable enough to keep the nation's television sets, toasters and lights switched on.

Michael Jefferson, an independent engineering consultant and former economist for Shell, said the industry often exaggerated the amount of energy each farm would supply.

New sites are assessed on the basis of average wind speeds over a year - a measure called the "load factor".

The industry recommends an average load factor of 30 per cent for a turbine to operate efficiently.

Yet although the load factor can be as high as 45 per cent in parts of Scotland and Wales, some farms achieve less than 20 per cent, he said.

Only five wind farms in the east of England achieve load factors of 30 per cent or more: "That's just five out of 25," he said.


Blogger Stephen R. Maloney said...

On my blog ( I recently wrote the following in a column about a Republican presidential candidate: "If [he] wants to get into the White House on anything other than a visitor's pass, he had better start choosing an absolutely dynamite running mate." I then quoted another blogger who said, "It's time for him to start taking some risks."

Although the above remarks were made about Mike Huckabee, they apply also to the other candidates. What good does it do for a man to gain the Republican nomination . . . only to lose the in the general election?

It's important to take a very sober look at the political scene. In several polls, a "generic" Democrat (basically anyone who's not under indictment) gets about 52% and a generic Republican gets about 39%. Almost every political expert who's not a member of a Republican candidate's campaign staff believes the next President of the U.S. will be Hillary Rodham Clinton.

A recent poll indicated that 92% of the American people are willing to vote for a "qualified woman."

Gee, I wonder exactly which "qualified woman" they had in mind?

For some months, several conservative political activists have been trying to turn this situation around. A Colorado Springs college student (Adam) did some serious research into possible choices for vice-president that would significantly strengthen a Republican ticket.

I reference Adam's blog below. I'll also reference the newest Blogger for Palin ("Kazoo") below.

The person he came up with was Sarah Heath Palin, Governor of Alaska. She was a big winner in an election year, 2006, that was mostly a disaster for Republicans.

I was the third person to join Adam's movement in support Sarah for V-P. Now, there are so many Bloggers For Palin that my blogroll is in technological revolt, so crowded that it's not accepting any more links!

Who is Sarah Palin? She's a woman called (by Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard) "The Most Popular Governor" (in the U.S.). She's also the woman called "The GOP's Beacon of Hope" by conservative columnist Dimitri Vassilaros. She's received major backing by White House Correspondent and Pulitzer Prize nominee Les Kinsolving. (Links to all these endorsements and many others are on my blogroll.)

As Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has received approval ratings in the 90s. That means just about everybody likes her except a handful of people who haven't been paying close attention.

How does she stand on family values? She spends little time talking about them and a great deal of time practicing them with her husband and four children. She's cited consistently as an elected official who lives up to the highest ethical standards.

But why not just let the nominee make the decision? The problem is that candidates are so exhausted by winning the nomination that they choose the names almost out of a hat.

Frankly, the Republican Party has a dismal record in choosing vice-presidential candidates. Richard Nixon got elected twice with Eisenhower, and later resigned because of Watergate. His V-P nominee, Spiro Agnew, had resigned previously because of his accepting bribes and laundering money. Dan Quayle? Well, as one of his opponents said, he was "no JFK."

If you can recall even the names of the running mates of Gerald Ford (Bob Dole), Barry Goldwater (Bill Miller) and Bob Dole (Jack Kemp), then you qualify for a Gold Star.

But don't these nominees help the presidential candidate carry important "swing" states? No, they never do. In 1968 Agnew was supposed to help Nixon carry Maryland, and the Democrats won it. Dick Cheney didn't help GWB carry Wyoming, which will go Democratic when Rio de Janeiro freezes over.

I urge you to take a quick look at Gov. Sarah Palin -- and then, if you wish, an extended look. On my site ( you'll find links to the short Wikipedia bio (which is accurate), the Fred Barnes article, and many others. On my blog, I've written approximately 25 columns on Sarah.

One of the most useful things you can do is to check out "Kazoo's" new column on why he decided to back Sarah. It shows the process of thought that many people have gone through.

What action do we want from you? We hope you'll join our movement and stay with it right until Sarah Palin gets the nomination.

Thanks very much for your interest. We hope you'll take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this remarkable woman, Sarah Heath Palin, America's most popular elected official.

Stephen R. Maloney
Ambridge, PA
National Coordination Team, Palin 4 VP

Adam is at:
Kazoo's endorsement of Palin is:
All other material mentioned above is linked on my blogroll

You may e-mail me at Thanks.

10:27 PM  

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