On the radio show, we’ve talked a number of times before about how everything causes global warming according to the experts. More than that, everything bad that happens is the fault of global warming. It’s actually gotten comical at times how the Warmers will blame any major weather event on global warming, and also blame even the simplest human activity (like breathing) for causing it.
But nothing compares to the comedic value of this story. You just have to read it to fully appreciate it:
New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomenon that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution.
Yes, you read that correctly – wind farms are causing global warming. The great “green energy” solution to getting us off of those dirty fossil fuels that are wrecking the planet by contributing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, leading to global warming...itself contributes to warming the globe. Simply perfect.
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Here’s the detail:
Researchers used satellite data from 2003 to 2011 to examine surface temperatures across as wide swath of west Texas, which has built four of the world's largest wind farms. The data showed a direct correlation between night-time temperatures increases of 0.72 degrees C (1.3 degrees F) and the placement of the farms.
"Given the present installed capacity and the projected growth in installation of wind farms across the world, I feel that wind farms, if spatially large enough, might have noticeable impacts on local to regional meteorology," Liming Zhou, associate professor at the State University of New York, Albany and author of the paper published April 29 in Nature Climate Change said in an e-mail to Discovery News.
So this isn’t the same kind of ‘problem’ associated with fossil fuels. This isn’t about emissions into the atmosphere. This is a problem more closely linked to increasing ground temperatures, which then can affect local or regional meteorology. Ergo, perhaps we can thank the president’s windmill energy strategy for the uptick of tornadoes, ice storms, droughts and monsoons?
Illogical, you suggest? Precisely.