The Daily Energy
Windmill construction has begun in Vermont, with acres of trees being leveled and escarpments blasted away to make room for the 450-foot turbines that will soon be lining the ridgetops of the Green Mountains. Is anybody paying attention? Environmentalists are silent. They’re supporting “green energy” in the name of . . . whatever. But Steve E. Wright, former commission of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, questions the whole undertaking in an op-ed for the New York Times. This “greening” of the Green Mountains is being made possible by a $44 million federal tax credit that will ensure the turbines will be profitable even if they never produce a kilowatt of useful electricity. Another editorial in Investors Business Daily points out that General Motors is trying to offset the disappointing sales of the Volt in the US by promoting its eV in China. This means US taxpayer dollars will soon be helping Chinese customers buy electric cars. GM may even move some production to China, since Chinese authorities will probably require it. GE, another recent beneficiary of government largesse, is helping GM make the move by buying Volts to serve in its plans to pilot electrical recharging stations in Shanghai. In Ohio, Chesapeake Energy is reporting “phenomenal” results from the first four wells drilled into the Utica Shale. Ohio’s plans to become an energy capital may not be misguided. And in Pennsylvania, geologists are reporting the recently discovered Upper Devonian shale formation may hold as much gas as the Marcellus, which lies 100 feet below. Finally, the announcement from Europe’s CERN Particle Accelerator that it has found neutrinos traveling at faster than the speed of light is being greeted with skepticism by other physicists around the world. “There seem to be too many possibilities for error,” said one commentator about the 60 nanosecond differential measured in the tiny particles' journey from Switzerland to Italy. In another corner of Europe, Einstein got a boost. Scientists at the Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen reported they had confirmed the gravitational bending of light by observing infrared emissions arriving from distant galaxies. The discovery that starlight curved around the sun during the solar eclipse of 1919 was the original confirmation of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.