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Obama to talk up wind power on Earth Day in Iowa

April 22nd, 2009 . by TexasFred

Obama to talk up wind power on Earth Day in Iowa

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama’s return to Iowa gives him a chance to mark Earth Day with a pitch for his alternative energy plan and environmentally friendly jobs.

The visit to the state that launched him on the road to the White House comes as Obama’s energy legislation has slowed in Congress, with skeptical Republicans and some Democrats from coal-producing states fearing the plan will increase costs for consumers, send jobs overseas and hurt businesses.

In financially struggling Newton, Iowa, Obama planned to tour - then highlight - Trinity Structural Towers wind energy plant as a model for job creation and energy production in a town whose biggest employer was sold and then stopped operations.

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Obama to talk up wind power on Earth Day in Iowa

Libber tree huggers are basically stupid. Let me tell you why. Look very closely at this picture.

Those wind towers are BAD according to many of the tree huggers, friends of Mother Earth, Save the Planet, whatever name they go by.

Back in 2001 I was involved in a project that was placing the very towers you see in this picture. We were up on the side of a huge hill in Wallula, WA. It was a joint project of the state of Washington, their utility company and the D.O.E., it was all about putting up highly efficient towers to generate CLEAN electricity.

These towers would have been going up on the Oregon side of the river had it not been for the enviroNAZIs that were protesting, blocking access, filing law suits and so forth to stop Oregon from installing towers too. Washington was having none of it, they wanted the towers badly. Oregon let the enviroNAZIs run all over them and stopped the state cold in it’s tracks.

Why were the enviroNAZIs so adamant in their protests you ask? Prairie dog towns. Prairies dogs. Gophers. Rodents. There happened to be a prairie dog town on that particular hill and as far as these moonbats were concerned, the entire ecosystem of planet earth was going to collapse if these towers went in and disrupted the prairie dog town. Prairie dogs for crying out loud!

If you’ve ever driven in southern California, along I-10, I am sure you saw the wind towers out close to Banning and Cabazon. The enviroNAZIs have tried to have all of those towers stopped too. Why, you ask? It seems that there is a bird in SoCal that is really stupid, it flies into the blades of the towers. Poor bird. I am not making this up! The birds get disoriented by the moving blades and make kamikaze runs ON the blades, so, eco-idiots believe those towers are bad too, birds die, hence, the towers must go. Yeah, makes sense to me. :?

Happy Earth Day!

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25 Responses to “Obama to talk up wind power on Earth Day in Iowa”

  1. comment number 1 by: kris

    I’m from Iowa and it saddens me to know that we helped him on the road to winning the primary. It also saddens me that we are being used to further his energy policies now that he is President.

  2. comment number 2 by: Kate

    Where they need to put those things are right outside of Congress. There’s enough hot air blowing out of that place, they could probably generate enough electricity for the entire East Coast. :?

    The leftards want alternative sources of energy, yet when they get them, they don’t want them. There was a HUGE battle near where we use to live in WI about the windmills. Geese. Canadian geese. The geese were in danger of getting smacked down by the blades. Yeah? So? These are not the brightest birds in the world, but even they can figure out, eventually, NOT to fly that way. And believe me, there is NO shortage of Canadian geese. They could use a bit of pruning.

    Nuclear energy is about as “clean” as you can get, but they refuse to let the plants be built, even though a LOT of what they spout is myth.

    Just what is it that these dipsticks want? Should we all move back into caves? Then we’d have to cut down trees for firewood, and that won’t do.

    I know! How ’bout they all just off themselves, and that would solve one huge problem. More resources for us! :D

  3. comment number 3 by: LoneRider

    As an engineer, I love the engineering behind those big windmills.

    As a practical individual, I have yet to see any hard numbers that suggests they are anything but impracticable, resource wasting, blights on scenery.

    I have yet to have a Milhous supporter explain to me what is wrong with continuing work on nuclear power. One of the few alternative energies absolutely proven!

  4. comment number 4 by: LoneRider

    Here is a ling to a larger image

    That is my, long gone, FJR1300 at the base of the tower.

  5. comment number 5 by: Kate

    It’s been said that I’m a bit strange, but I think the fields of windmills are rather majestic. :?

  6. comment number 6 by: TexasFred

    Kate, I agree, I never found them at all unattractive, to me they look like giant creatures dancing in concert with the wind.. But, that’s just me…

  7. comment number 7 by: Kate

    Reckon that makes you a bit strange too, Fred? :P

  8. comment number 8 by: TexasFred

    A bit?? :?

  9. comment number 9 by: jd3

    People still don’t get it….they call for the shut down of Nukes and have no idea that they cannot afford wind or solar power….neither has proven to be totally reliable and cost effective……and if you think your power bill is already too high?…..Nukes are going to start coming back online…several utilities have already started the process… to Nukes killing people….

    Ted Kennedy = 1
    Nuclear Power = 0

  10. comment number 10 by: LoneRider


    Yes and no, on that motorcycle trip, I purposely went into the LA area to visit the Mercedes farms. I too think the fields are majestic:

    With that said, I don’t know if I would want a field like that in my front window.

  11. comment number 11 by: TexasFred

    John, Cost effective… Glad you brought that up…

    These particular towers were coming in at $1M a copy, and just on THIS hill there were a couple of hundred towers…

    At this price it will take quite a long time to actually become effective, but the wind ALWAYS blows up on that hill…

    Nuke power is, to me, the way to go, the only drawback I see is, what about the spent fuel?? Can we make bombs?? And USE em??

  12. comment number 12 by: TexasFred

    Tom, the fields that you and I both have pictured are in the middle of nowhere… Magnetics fields?? So??

    What about all the people that live under mega-watt transmission lines?? And folks that eat meat cooked too well done…


    Yes, we are… Sooner or later…

  13. comment number 13 by: jd3

    Well Carter killed a reprocessing plant that would have recycled the old fuel…right now it is just being stored…it isn’t hazardous in that form but a waste of time and money…the government also killed the Clinch River Breeder reactor…not exactly perpetual motion but a Breeder would have produced fuel that could be recycled into more reactor fuel….there isn’t an endless supply of uranium around just like oil it is a limited natural resource…as to weapons, it takes specially refined or “weapons grade’ material to make bombs….and the fuel can be “poisoned” rendering it unusable as weapons grade material….nuclear by far is still the best resource…and it is clean…..they do ten year environmental work ups on the sites just to have the sensitivity to see any possible emissions from the plant….it would more than be hidden by what is already there from atmospheric testing…just to mention it the towers you see are emitting steam and not anything else…the secondary water (not mixed with the primary) is run through pipes in the tower and the interaction with the air causes steam…there are no emissions of any kind from the cooling towers….people tend to think of them as smoke stacks like in the olden days but they are not…

  14. comment number 14 by: jd3

    ….meant to mention that “poisoning” would have tended to any concerns Jimmy Carter had over proliferation….it was stupid….

  15. comment number 15 by: Texas Cowgirl

    This is the wind turbine I like the best for home use. Start up wind speed is 7-1/2 mph, which is considered a slight breeze where I live. They are about $8,500 with all the stuff you need, and to my way of thinking its a great investment.

    I foresee a time, not too far away, where it will not be a matter of power (alternative or otherwise) being affordable, but rather, having power at all. When everything goes to hell in a handbasket, I’ll still have my freezers full of food, fridge and lights.

    You can always use solar panels to power the pump for your well or cistern, electric gates, etc.

    If you live in the city, and are restricted by some stupid ordinances, you can start building a battery bank that is charged by your regular electricity, so if the power goes out, the batteries will kick in, until they run out of juice or the power comes back on.

    Generators are fine too, but what if you can’t get fuel to run them?

    I hope people will begin to think ahead, ’cause it appears to me that we are now quite vulnerable to both homegrown environazis and imported terrorists, either of whom would probably consider it a great thing to knock out our power grid.

    This might really be a good time for people to start their own personal power plants since there are some pretty good tax incentives, and we are all probably going to need as many tax credits as we can dig up. At least this one is really useful.

  16. comment number 16 by:

    Fred, The process the Leftards are complaining about is called natural selection. If the birds are too stoopid to stay away from blades spinning at say 70+ MPH then the ones that fly into them need to go. Kind of like my personal crusade to rid the squirrel population of the run into the road gene. I have never and will never “swerve” to avoid a squirrel, Chipmunk, Opossum or any other little rat. I will however avoid the Moose, Why? because that is reverse natural selection, If I am stupid enough to hit the 1500 Lb moose I will die effectively removing the “hit the moose with a car” gene LOL. I honestly think that if we could separate the conservatives from the Liberals and see who survived longer well……

    I think you all know where that would go. Liberals would vacation on Conservative soil. Buy guns and shoot each other to try and outlaw conservatives (Wait Umm isn’t that happening now?) Libtards Only alive because you can’t shoot them to save money!

  17. comment number 17 by: TexasFred

    Michael, contrary to appearances, those blades are moving at UNDER 20MPH at the shaft, the speed at the tips however, surface speed, regularly exceeds 100MPH due to the massive diameter OF the blades and can attain a rotational speed of 200MPH….

    Technical Specs of Common Wind Turbine Models

  18. comment number 18 by: jd3

    Believe it or not there is a small home generator that can run on a plutonium pill much the same as the one that was on the satellite that crashed in Canada some years back….Plutonium doesn’t need shielding per se since it is an Alpha emitter which won’t penetrate paper or skin much less a mechanical housing….it is still on the drawing board because people are afraid of nuclear power….

  19. comment number 19 by: TexasFred

    JD3 knows whereof he speaks, if he wants to elaborate on his job description, that’s great, and it’s up to him how much he shares.

    I will say this, one evening the wife and I were visiting JD3 at his job and he was showing us around the lab and work area. I actually held a piece of plutonium in my hand…

    The glow subsided about 8 weeks later… :P

    Seriously, I did hold the piece, it was used I believe in a calibration sequence?? JD can clarify I am sure…

  20. comment number 20 by: BobF

    Ground gophers? Why, I love them ground gophers. They’re capable of providing you an afternoon is pure unadulterated fun. Just get yourself a nice semi-auto .22 and about 1,000 rounds of ammo and you’ll have a ball shooting the little buggers. Those suckers cause more damage to grazing ranges and ranchers are more than happy to let you shoot them. They’re always popping their heads out of their holes to see what’s going on. Next to camping in the mountains with my son’s, that was the most fun I had when I was stationed in Montana.

    Note: Iron sights are better than a scope when shooting these rodents; easier and faster to get on target as some a quite fast.

  21. comment number 21 by: WhoBeen

    I heard the Obama speech over the XM Satelite Radio in my pick-um-up truck and though my comment won’t make a hoot, the guy is nothing but a bag of wind… He’s got so much hot air that he could power ten or more of those bird killers.

    Yeah, I’ve seen the Interstate 10 fans across Southern California…and the ones in West Texas sure did ruin the wide open spaces.
    Here’s some pictures I took out there along Interstate 10 (please excuse the politicians wanting to get in on the scene)

  22. comment number 22 by: angrywhitedude

    Environmentalist tools won’t be happy until we are all dead or living in caves. Ain’t gonna happen!


  23. comment number 23 by: Kate

    Pfft! I vote we shove all those dipwads into their caves, and cause a landslide.

    *batting eyelashes innocently*

  24. comment number 24 by: LoneRider


    Over the last few weeks I’ve read a couple of interesting articles analyzing our push for wind power. The end result would appear to be more pollution, when you consider, as you mentioned, the remoteness of the Mercedes farms, you have to run long transmission wires to the population, as well with the global economy, a lot of the production of the wire, steel girders for the towers and the windmills themselves will be produced in China/Taiwan and the like, and thus be shipped over here. All of which will be creating lots of pollution and using fossil fuels.

    End result, we “feel good” about turning on a lite, while we are creating foreign jobs and foreign pollution.

    BTW, when Obama said he would create or maintain 3 to 4 million jobs, did he specify where these green jobs would be created?


    Would love to hear more about your job!

  25. comment number 25 by: Texas Cowgirl

    And what exactly is a “green job”?

    My white farm dogs turn green when they roll in fresh cow manure.

    Would that be considered a “green job”?