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This is my view on pubic speaking...There are two things that are more difficult than making a public speech:climbing a wall which is leaning toward you, andkissing a girl who is leaning away from you. — Winston Churchill
Yes — It’s Worse!Look at how many educated and supposedly financially astute people were taken in by Bernie Madoff — a simply astounding number!
There isno penaltyfor makingunscientific claims.
We’ve come full circle.First we’re told that the planet isfacing immanent catastrophe —then a salesman comes to ourcommunity with a solution! Thespiel is that we can do somethingconsequential to help prevent thisglobal disaster — and we canmake some easy money in theprocess. What a deal!
Some Relevant Carl Sagan Quotes To Ponder —1 - Skeptical scrutiny is the means by which deep thoughts can be separated from deep nonsense.2 - We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.3 - I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.4 - We have arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for awhile, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.
The processing ofRare Earth Elements involves dozens of steps, of caustic chemical bathsor blast furnace separations. Each of these results in a waste stream of severely polluted air, water, and residue.
I know of no US media or environmental organization who have adequately reported onthis horrific situation — but here are the stark conclusions from an English investigation...
The processing of the Rare Earth Elements, for the 80 MW Pantego project will...1) destroy 16,000± square meters of vegetation,2) generate 5,000,000± cubic meters of highly toxic air pollution,3) pollute 23,000,000± gallons of wastewater (making it poisonous),4) produce 500,000,000± pounds of contaminated tailing sands, &5) result in 80,000± pounds of radioactive waste.
Yes, that’s right: processing the REEs used by the Pantego turbinesresults in 80,000± pounds of radioactive waste!
One likely consequence is that a few of the farmers who have leases, will scale back their operation, or stop farming entirely. Here is one of many examples where this is exactly what happened elsewhere.We will assume a low 10% of local leasing farmers will cut back on their operations.
BTW the Scottish Government is a promoter of wind energy, so they had a vested interest here.In any case the researchers concluded that (even after taking into account new visitors to wind projects) that (not surprisingly) there would be a net decrease in tourism. We’ll use the mid-number of 4% as the average.
Beaufort County Annual Job Impact Due To Pantego
Note that this figure does NOT take into accountthe additional human health costs associated withthings like an increase in mosquitoes.I don’t have to tell you that your own websiteacknowledges that this is already a problem,andthat mosquitoes spread such deadly diseases asWest Nile Virus & Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Here is a scientific study about local weather impact from wind development...
Beaufort County Annual Economic Impact Due To Pantego This does NOT include additional financial losses due to: — The lower employment, — Tax reductions from nearby property devaluations, — Health effects from turbines, — Health effects from insect proliferation, — Higher cost of electricity, etc.
You can listen to the breeze energy proponents, and for sure they will paint you a rosy picture. That is their job...The marketeers will tell you carefully-crafted,enticing stories about how theshortcut through the woods is easy money.
Anything you bring up to express aconcern about, the peddler is very well-rehearsed to dismiss as not being a problem. (How many times did BernieMadoff do exactly that to peoplewho expressed concerns to him?)
But there are no guarantees! When reality hits, you will be on your own.