Dan McHale says:
You make enough derogatory comments about the other side Rog, that you ask for this treatment - like on your own website 'the only thing wind power is good for is sailing' You are a we too arrogant. What's with the need to knock alternative energy? You give yourself away too easily.
Dean started it, but hey, it's a flame war after all, and we all like to vent a bit about the things that niggle us. ;-)
'Big Wind' is a scam. The turbines cost more in energy terms to build, install and maintain than they will ever return during their design life. They exist only because governments see them as useful visible icon that they are 'doing something about climate change'. They kill endangered species, they drive human beings to abandon homes or commit suicide, and they increase heating costs for hard pressed pensioners who are dying of cold related illnesses in increasing numbers.
I don't "knock alternative energy" per se. I have a solar hot water panel on my roof, I use an electric bicycle for local errands. I Collect, saw, chop and stack naturally fallen timber for my heating and cooking requirements. I use a twenty year old van for that and a 60 year old motorcycle which returns 80mpg for my commute. I walk a lot. I use a 35W solar panel to recharge the bicycle battery. I collect and filter rainwater for domestic use and to irrigate my home grown vegetables which do no food miles.
In brief Dan, I'm greener than you, so shove your sanctimony where it belongs.
The paper I posted was from 1999 when the sun was active - if that matters to you.
It matters to me and everyone else who has been scammed. The Sun which delivers 1360-1362W/m^2 is the main driver of climate change, not 0.039% of the atmosphere which feebly absorbs and re-emits little bits of it. Thanks for confirming what I've been saying here these last three years.