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Birdwatchers flock to see rare bird, then watch it killed by wind turbine

Victim of green energy

Victim of green energy

Fox News: There hasn’t been a sighting of a White-throated Needletail in the United  Kingdom for 22 years, so nearly 80 birdwatchers flocked to Scotland this week to get a look, the Telegraph reported.  But instead of enjoying the world’s fastest flying bird soaring, they watched it fly into the small blade of a wind turbine and die.

“It was seen by birders fly straight into the turbine. It is ironic that after waiting so long for this bird to turn up in the UK, it was killed by a wind turbine and not a natural predator, “ Josh Jones of Bird Guides said.

The Needletail was apparently thousands of miles off course when two bird  spotters identified it on the isle of Harris Monday. By Wednesday, scores of  watchers had gathered in the Tarbet area of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland to catch a glimpse of the rare bird.

“It’s tragic. More than 80 people had already arrived on the island and  others were coming from all over the country. But it just flew into the turbine. It was killed instantly,” Jones told the Telegraph.

Avid bird watcher David Campbell witnessed the accident Wednesday. “We all  ran over there and were heartbroken to find the poor bird lying beneath the machine, in perfect condition apart from blood and slight trauma on the head –  but it was stone dead. Cries of sorrow and anger from the assembled birders began to turn into discussion as to what would happen to the bird’s corpse, as we took pictures of it lying there. Seeing it up close, as much as I’d rather it were still alive, was, if nothing else, a rare opportunity to examine the utterly amazing plumage and structure of the Needletail,” Campbell wrote in his  blog, Devil Birder.

Experts believed the bird had likely come from Siberia, Australia, or Japan.   It may have gotten lost and affected by the weather. A spokesman for Bird  Guides said it was only the ninth time it was spotted in the UK since 1846.

“A very sad end to a delightful bird that may well have attracted many more  birders to Harris over the following days had it not met it’s untimely demise,  “said Western Isles wildlife expert Steve Duffield.

The bird’s body will be sent to a museum.

The unintended consequences of green energy. So sad.

h/t Anon

DCG

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Agenda 21: The Rocky Road between Rhetoric and Reality

Chancellor Angela Merkel outlined a grand vision for an energy revolution a year ago, shortly after her government had decided to shut down all nuclear reactors by 2022 in a spectacular about-face following the Fukushima accident.
Germany was to put itself at the forefront of the fight against global warming by radically expanding the use of renewable energy to 35 percent of total power consumptionby 2020, rising to 80 percent by 2050. Currently, it represents 20 percent of the country’s energy mix.

But now two ministers, Environment Minister Peter Altmaier and Economy Minister Philipp Rösler, have cast doubt whether the targets are reachable and said their priority is to make sure that electricity prices don’t rise too muchRead more at Der Spiegel
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Smart Meters – More Bad Stuff Confirmed


by Mary Beth Brangan and James Heddle
Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Opt-Out
Ironically, now that PG&E is offering to disable the wireless RF function (for a hefty price) in their smart meters, we find that there’s an another extremely critical problem with the meters.
Just when you thought you had mastered all the esoteric acronyms, and all the problems with ‘smart’ meters, here’s one more: Switching-Mode Power Supply or SMPS. This new element in the ‘smart’ meter controversy deserves immediate full official and public attention.
In our on-going investigation into why so-called ‘smart’ meters being installed by PG&E against rising public opposition are causing so many people to be sick, and so many problems with other electric and electronic equipment, we have been fortunate to obtain the advice of electrical engineers.
On examination of typical meters, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, they report that, in addition to its RF transmitter, each wireless digital meter also has a component called the ‘switching-mode power supply’ (SMPS) – switching power supply for short. Its function is to ‘step down’ the 240v alternating current (AC) coming in from the utility pole power lines to the 2 to 10 volts of direct current (DC) required to run the meter’s digital electronics which record the electricity usage data.
The SMPS function emits sharp spikes of millisecond bursts constantly, 24/7. The SMPS on the OWS 514 NIC model, for instance, which is the smart meter model widely installed by PG&E throughout its territory, has been measured to emit spikes of up to 50,000 hz and higher. This constant pulsing of high frequencies, in addition to the RF function, is causing not only interference with other electric and electronic equipment in many homes with smart meters installed, but also is causing havoc with biological systems in its field of exposure. (see wikipedia and Prevention Magazine articles below) 
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Obama's Black Thumb Strikes Again (Updated)

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(See update at bottom) 
Yet another “green” enterprise that got big Obama bucks has gone Tango Uniform.
Via cnsnews.com:
Electric-Car Firm That Received Biden Visit and $118M in Stimulus Funds Files for Bankruptcy
By Fred Lucas
(CNSNews.com) – Ener1–a company that manufactures batteries for electric cars, and that received $118.5 million in federal stimulus money, and that Vice President Joe Biden visited last year the day after President Obama’s State of the Union Address—announced today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
In last year’s State of the Union Address, delivered Jan. 25, 2011, President Obama set a national goal of having a million electric vehicles on the road in the United States by 2015—a goal that would be achieved, Obama said, by taking money out of the oil industry and “investing” it in new technology.
“With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015,” said Obama.
“We need to get behind this innovation,” he said. “And to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.”
The next day, Biden visited the Ener1 plant in Greenfield, Ind.—which the White House said at the time had received a $118.5 million grant from the Department of Energy and was the type of investment the president was talking about in his State of the Union.
Brian Levine, deputy domestic policy adviser to Biden, wrote an article about Biden’s visit to Ener1 on the White House webpage for the White House Middle Class Task Force, which Biden leads. The article was headlined “Our Plan to Put One Million Advanced Technology Vehicles on America’s Roads.”
“Last night, President Obama set a goal of making the United States the first country in the world to put one million advanced technology vehicles on the road,” Levine wrote. “This goal is part of the President’s plan to rebuild our economy by investing in innovation to create the jobs and industries of the future.
“Today, Vice President Biden visited Ener1, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced batteries for electric vehicles, in Greenfield, Indiana to announce our plan to reach this one million vehicle goal by 2015,” wrote Levine. “The facility that the Vice President visited would not exist if not for a $118.5 million grant from the Department of Energy, which was part of a $2.4 billion Recovery Act investment in electric vehicles. Ener1 added 120 jobs across the company in 2010 and the future looks bright. They expect to expand the manufacturing and assembly operation in Greenfield from 80 workers today to over a thousand by the start of 2013.”
At the Ener1 plant, Biden made a gaffe, mistakenly referring to Ener1—as Enron1.
“Well, ladies and gentlemen, here at Ener1, we’re going to harness electricity and bring it to the world like Edison did more than a century ago,” said Biden. “We’re going to reshape the way Americans drive, the way Americans consume, the way Americans power their lives. And in turn, we’re going to reshape America itself. We may not make battery power so cheap that only the rich can afford to drive their cars on imported oil, but—but–with Enron1 (sic) leading the way, we’re certainly going to come pretty close.”
Ener1 produces advanced lithium-ion battery systems for electric vehicles.
On Thursday, the company put out a statement announcing that it was filing for Chanter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York.
You will find the rest of the article here.

I realize $118.5 million is chump change in the overall scheme of things, but I am curious as to just how much of it found its way into the Dear Ruler’s reelection slush fund.
Update: Electric cars aren’t just a tough sell here in America, but apparently prospective car buyers the world over are shunning them.
-Dave 
(h/t: boortz.com)

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Agenda 21: Affordable Energy Hearings – Green Jobs

This video has only been viewed 183 times at the time of this posting.  It’s long, but, very important.   It separates the sheep from the goats in terms of congressmen.  Write them to let them know your thoughts based on what they’ve said here.
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The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing entitled, “How Obama’s Green Energy Agenda is Killing Jobs” on September 22, 2011. The hearing explored the implications of government programs designed to transition the United States from traditional energy sources to “green,” or renewable, energy for purpose of job creation and economic growth.

See   2010 Smart Grid Insights: Smart Appliances for rationale, budgets, stakeholders, marketing strategies, etc.   NOTE to citizens of other countries; Australia, China, Brazil, Germany, etc – This brochure applies to you and gives figures for the taxpayer money expended for your nation.
~LTG

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Agenda 21: Smart Meters – What's the Big Deal?

The  global powers- that- be have bet the farm on the new “Smart Technology.”  
 National governments and megacorporations are pumping billions of dollars into Smart Grid/Smart Meter/Smart Appliances.  The details and strategy are fully laid out in the 2010 Smart Appliance Smart Grid ReportThis is a 31 page pdf report to industry; manufacturers and retailers to layout the rosy future of Green Technology and how they need to “sell it to their customers.”
The problem is, it’s an invasion of privacy AND the meters make people sick. 
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~LTG

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