Letters to the Editor

Reader offers thoughts on wind farm, solar


I would like to respond to the letters of support for the wind farm and solar panel supporters. I do not support the wind farm — not for the reasons others have stated. It has to do with the consequence of the building renewable energy projects. I also do not believe in anthropological global warming, for the fact that there are many causes that are ignored for political reasons.

As an example, this year will set a record for lowest number of sunspots in the history of record keeping. Google states that, “Without sunspots the Earth would probably be cooler.” That means they do not know either.

Researching the statement that, “Hurricanes are getting stronger and more frequent,” I found an article by Dr. Roy Spencer, senior scientist for climate study at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and he has a chart of hurricanes from 1851 to current, broken down in decades. The chart shows that from 1851 to 1950, there were six different decades where there were hurricanes of Cat 3 or higher. From 1951 to present, we’ve had three different decades of Cat 3 or higher. The lowest period was from 1861 to 1870, the second lowest is from 2011 to this decade ending 2020.

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), reported record high temperatures, 37 to 40F, this year in Greenland. Several days later, Aug. 8, DMI posted a tweet retracting that record temperature. They found out that it was closer to 28 F because of poor ventilation around their equipment caused by heavy snow!

CO2 is not a pollutant. Without CO2, plants would not survive. Remember “photosynthesis” in high school. Without CO2, we would have less O2. Universities and others have studied the effect of CO2 by pumping in CO2 into restricted areas and found that those vegetative areas become greener than surrounding areas.

Renewable energy is a misnomer! to build those renewable energy windmills, solar panels and batteries in electric cars, you have to use non-renewable materials. And of course, they wear out! The International Renewable Energy Agency calculates that solar goals for 2050 consistent with the Paris Accord will result in old panel disposal that will more than double the tonnage of all of today’s global plastic waste.

Consider a single electric car battery weighs about 1000 pounds. Fabricating one requires digging up, moving and processing more than 500,000 pounds of raw materials somewhere on the planet. The alternative is to use gasoline and extract 1/10 as much tonnage to deliver the same number of vehicle miles over the batteries same life.

Building a wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of non-recyclable plastic. Solar power requires even more cement, steel and glass. Last year, a Dutch government-sponsored study concluded that the Netherland’s green ambitions alone would consume a major share of global materials.

So, where do you get these materials to support the Green New Deal? The Democratic Republic of the Congo produces 70 percent of the world’s raw cobalt, China controls 90 percent of cobalt refining. So, consider the results of the mining in the Congo. Also, having to negotiate with China for your refining. The building of these clean energy machines require consumption of hydrocarbons. More than 90 percent of the worlds solar panels are built in Asia on coal-heavy electric grids.

That means that hydrocarbons and atomic energy are still the best we have to offer until we can truly find a clean energy.

Just a few thoughts!

Harry Steele
Bethany Beach