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By: Bob Lucas
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Dutch farmers protest Green Fascism

Dutch Farmers in Mass Revolt against

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

October 3, 2019

First, read the background story, below.  All this happened earlier this week in the Netherlands.  

Then watch the video, below.  (The video is a compilation of various videos, most of them taken by bystanders, it appears.)

I plan on doing an editorial on the earth’s climate sometime this fall.  The gist will be the following:

As you read, below, bear in mind that the earth is basically in the sun’s backyard.  To say that the earth’s climate, including paroxysms of warming and cooling, are influenced by the sun, is an understatement.  The image to the right gives you a sense of the size relationship.  Yes, the earth orbits the sun farther away than this image shows, but not a whole lot farther away.  

Behold photosynthesis! All the oxygen we breathe comes from this process, which only green plants and algae can perform. Carbon is fundamental to your breath, together with all cell and tissue formation. Everything “organic” is, by definition, composed chiefly of carbon. All plant and animal tissue is built on a carbon backbone.
  • The earth has been warming and cooling for billions of years. Some of those epochs witnessed unimaginably huge climate extremes. For instance, during the height of the Pleistocene — the last glacial epoch — there was a sheet of ice 1 to 2 miles thick right where you're presently standing. Look up into the sky. Pick a spot up there 1-2 miles above your head: You're looking at the top of that continental ice sheet. At other times in the earth's tumultuous past, the poles (north and south) have been tropical.
  • Within these massive climate shifts there have been countless climate changes of a far less dramatic nature. In fact, the earth goes through climate shifts annually; we blandly call them "seasonal" changes.
  • The earth is clearly going through a warming cycle right now, although one must caution that this may be more pronounced north of the equator than south of it.
  • The evidence for the current warming being a result of human fossil-fuel and other carbon (e.g.,
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Do wind turbines make people sick?

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

October 1, 2019

Do wind turbines make people sick?

Here’s the best answer:

Dr. Pierpont (my better half) published that short article 9 years ago, a year after publishing what is still the definitive study on the subject.  (Interesting little fact.  The above article was actually written for the NY Times Op-Ed page, at the encouragement of its editor.  Someone at the Times axed the article before it saw the light of print.)

As you read this, people in Burke, Chateaugay, Churubusco, Ellenburg, Moers, and Altona are being browbeaten by wind energy companies to erect yet more turbines.  At public meetings, when the issue of turbines-and-illness comes up, the wind salesmen assure the audience that it’s a non-issue.  

I would say to these people:  watch these videos.  Decide for yourself.  Next, consider the credentials of the wind turbine salesmen and stack those up against Dr. Pierpont’s (click here).

While you're at it, read this exposé of the so-called used by wind companies.

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Why 725-foot wind turbines in Burke NY endanger national security

Why wind turbines in Burke NY endanger national security

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

September 23, 2019

First, we all need to stop thinking of Burke NY as just a sleepy North Country town.  Same goes for Malone, Chateaugay, Ellenburg, etc.

How so?  Burke is a border town — America’s border with Canada.  As President Trump keeps hammering away, borders are porous — including porous to opioids, methamphetamines, cocaine, and now fentanyl.

Burke, like Malone and Chateaugay, Churubusco, Ellenburg, etc., plays an innocent yet significant part in the booming, horrific commerce shown in the map to the right:  the global drug trade.  

How so, you ask?  Start with the fact that the United States is being mauled in a drug war worse than the heroin catastrophe. 

One can “medicalize” the narcotics issue till Jesus comes back.  This does not change the cold, hard fact that the global suppliers and their chain of distributors are conducting a new kind of war, just as deadly as a war with bullets and bombs.  This drug war kills not only individuals, it kills families and society and community and neighborhoods.  

My family is a prime example.  So is Jerry Jones’s, owner of IBC.  My daughter, a nurse, was (perhaps still is) a heroin addict.  I have waited for “the phone call” for years.  Enough said.

My neighborhood is another case in point.  It was well on the way to being destroyed by [expletive deleted] two-bit dealers and users.  My wife and I confronted them — literally — backed up by the Malone Police Dept., Town Justices, and District Attorney. 

The scary new element in the global drug equation is fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far deadlier than heroin.  (“Synthetic” means it’s produced in laboratories, chiefly in China.)  The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) says fentanyl is getting into the USA via Canada.  Yep, this includes the border right here in the North Country.

Notice that the above map doesn’t show fentanyl (pronounced “fen-tan-ill”).  That’s because fentanyl abuse has skyrocketed since the map was drawn.  Even this CDC chart (US Centers for Disease Control), to the right, is outdated. 

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BESS Bombs, Part 1: The huge explosive toxic batteries the wind & solar companies are sneaking into your backyard

BESS Bombs (Part 1) The huge explosive toxic batteries the wind & solar companies are sneaking into your backyard.

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

August 28, 2019

This is the

Lithium-Ion Batteries

(huge numbers of them, tightly packed into these innocent-looking white containers)

What are these things designed to do?

Basically, utility-scale Battery Energy Storage Systems smooth out the delivery of electricity from solar panels to the regional grid. Think of it as getting rid of electricity “hiccups” from industrial-scale photovoltaic (PV) panel installations. (Lithium-ion batteries are also used with home and commercial building PV panels, along with cell phones, laptops, and of course electric cars.) Older solar arrays used lead-acid batteries. Li-ion are now preferred, since they are far superior at storing electricity.

In an article published in April of this year, “Large-Scale Solar Plants Require Large-Scale Battery Systems,” energy expert Willem Post explains why BESS (Battery Energy Storage Systems) are essential for large PV solar arrays.  His key points are the following, all of which is quoted verbatim:

"Still having problems with the hiccups, Mrs. Hill?"

“Clouds are the main reason PV solar generation experiences intermittency (excluding the normal nighttime disappearance).”

“PV solar generation can rapidly decrease by 60% within seconds, due to a cloud passing over the solar panels causing a reduction in solar insolation.”

“Batteries have quick reaction times, i.e., can quickly charge and discharge electricity. Any rapid solar output decreases (downward spikes) due to clouds are quickly offset.”

“The upward and downward spikes of wind output are much slower, MW/min, instead of MW/sec. Gas turbines (and hydro plants) can easily adjust their outputs to offset any wind up/down spikes.”

“Till

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BESS Bombs, Part 2: The huge explosive toxic batteries the wind & solar companies are sneaking into your backyard

BESS Bombs (Part 2) The huge explosive toxic batteries the wind & solar companies are sneaking into your backyard.

August 28, 2019

Watch this PowerPoint (right) made several years ago by the Senior Laboratory Safety Coordinator, Pam Koontz, at the Univ. of Tennessee (Knoxville). The cover image was added by me.

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Notice this slide (#32) from the PowerPoint.

The video, below, evidently taken by a security camera at a chemical plant in So. Korea, graphically illustrates the horrors of HF.  (There is no soundtrack.)  Everyone you see in the video, died.  Immediately.  Read the details, below on the left. Use the + (zoom in) button to expand the text or, better yet, click on the pop-out icon in the upper right corner.

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In case you’re thinking this can’t happen with these BESS Bombs — think again. The article below, published in Nature, the world’s most prestigious science journal, will disabuse you of any such notion.

Focus on the article’s conclusions (pp. 6-7), shown here. (You can pause the carousel by hovering your mouse over the text.) 

 "If extrapolated for large battery packs, the amounts [of HF] released would be . . . e.g., a small stationary energy storage [system]." 

As it happens, the township next to mine is about to allow a 20 MW BESS to be built sometime this fall:

(1) 20 x 20 kg = 400 kg = 882 lbs of HF

(2) 20 x 200 kg = 4000 kg = 8,818 lbs of HF

the energy industry has always been reckless with hydrogen fluoride. One might call it

The Law of Conservation of Corporate Evil (Judith Shapiro)

This has long

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Why solar energy farms are a bust!

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— Calvin Luther Martin, PhD
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May 1, 2019
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I recently sent the following exposé to numerous communities being stalked by Big Solar.  I wrote it as a member of FARM.  Friends Against Rural Mismanagement.  A bunch of cranky old-timers who object to farmland, woodland, wildland, marshland, rivers and lakes being screwed — regardless of who is holding the screwdriver.

Here is a screenshot of the beginning of the document.  Click here to access the entire article online.  You’re welcome to circulate and otherwise use as you wish.

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They’re Back!

Just when you thought you’d seen the last of Hinckley & Quirke—they’re back!  No kidding!  Same two guys.  New gig.  Different wheels.  (We hope they bring back the Hummer.  Made them real easy to spot.  They were worth keeping track of.)

"Chuck" Hinckley
Charles “Chuck” Hinckley, lately of “Noble Environmental LLC”

They call themselves American Wind Capital.  Check it out.

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“The Wrong Way to Get to Green” (Wall St Journal)

Robert Bryce
Robert Bryce

Once you’ve carpeted the wilderness with wind-farm turbines, and crushed any guilt about the birds you’re about to kill, prepare to be underwhelmed and underpowered.

—Trevor Butterworth, Wall St. Journal 4/27/10 (with appreciation)

Al Gore has a dream, a dream increasingly shared, according to opinion surveys, by people all over the world. It is that the 19th century, the age of steam and iron and coal, will finally end and that, as Mr. Gore wrote in an article for the New York Times in 2008, the time will soon come for “21st-century technologies that use fuel that is free forever: the sun, the wind and the natural heat of the earth.”

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Town Councilor regrets High Sheldon Wind Farm (Sheldon, NY)

“I would compare my relationship with the wind developer to a relationship with the Devil himself.  [Sheldon] is another example of why industrial wind farms do not belong anywhere near people”—Glenn Cramer, Town Councilor (Sheldon, NY).

High Sheldon wind farm

Editor: The following letter was written 10/30/09 by Sheldon, NY, Town Councilman Glenn Cramer, responding to a letter (click here) by a Cape Vincent landowner trying to sell his town on industrial wind turbines.

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Noble

—Op-Ed by Calvin Luther Martin

Update (March 27, 2009)

The article below (scroll down the page) was published March 17th.  It features (former) Noble employee Cheryl LeClair, whose home in Altona has been ruined by turbine noise (including low frequency noise) and maddening shadow flicker.  In Cheryl’s words:

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National Wind Watch supports European call for wind energy moratorium

European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) also calls for study of wind power’s record to determine its true benefits, costs, and adverse impacts


The Sandry home, Thompson, Iowa, 2008

Rowe, Mass., Jan. 15, 2009 — On the morning of October 4, 2008, before the second national protest against industrial wind energy development in Paris, several groups from France and other European countries agreed to form the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW).

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Dirty truth about “clean” windpower? What the critics are saying

 —Eugene Goodrich (New Brunswick, Canada)

 
“Deer River Flow,” watercolor by Sandra Hildreth

RiverCityMalone was sent this essay by a reader.  It’s a concise correction to many of the exaggerations and half truths routinely expressed by the wind developers and slavishly repeated by the newspapers in Franklin & Clinton counties.  Anyone who has attended a town meeting over the past four years, where wind salesmen were pitching the benefits of their product, will resonate to Mr. Goodrich’s essay, which we reprint with appreciation. 

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“She didn’t count on the noise”


Painting by Grant Wood (1930), with adaptation

—Calvin Luther Martin

“I recently spoke with a homeowner who lives on the Number 5 Road in Chateaugay, NY.  Her farm is surrounded by the newest crop of turbines.”   So begins a letter by a lady named Flossy Powell.  Ms. Powell submitted her letter to RiverCityMalone around Christmas time.

Flossy’s letter is disturbing.  It describes the experience of an acquaintance in Chateaugay (NY) who now finds herself surrounded by (what appears to be) the Noble Chateaugay Windpark.

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Industrial Wind Turbines for New York?

 —Op-Ed by Jack Sullivan, MS

Editor’s note:  This article is reprinted with minor revisions from The Empire Page, 12/13/08.  Our appreciation to Mr. Sullivan and TEP. 


Adapted from www.plataformahorta.org, with appreciation

Many NYS politicians, members of the media and environmentalists see wind power as an all-encompassing solution to global warming, energy independence, and much needed job creation.

But are these rosy expectations supported by scientific fact and wind project performance?  Or is this merely feel-good public policy and wishful thinking?

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Feds release Noble production figures

—Calvin Luther Martin

Visit the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) website, where you can see all the power production figures for NYS, quarter by quarter throughout the calendar year.  This includes output from coal-fired plants, nuclear, hydro, wind, and solar.  The works.  Any electricity sold to the NYS Independent System Operator (“the grid”) shows up on the FERC website. This is known as “transparency.”

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Terrestrial Energy?

—William Tucker

The following text and images are all taken from a weblog by William Tucker, author of Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Energy Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America’s Energy OdysseyTucker is a seasoned journalist.  He has done us all a great service by demythologizing nuclear power. 

Tucker thinks it’s time to retire the name “nuclear power,” loaded as it is with frightful connotations, and start using the more realistic and palatable name, “terrestrial energy.” 

The following is a crash course on the subject, courtesy of Bill Tucker.  The Editor.

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