Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
In ascending order:

  1. typical Spiegel propaganda against regenerative energy and especially wind.

  2. Oettinger is a powerless nimcompop. One of his bavarian party associates said, instead of talking about matters outside his sphere of responsibility he should for once care about his own responsibilities. Patience with Oettinger in Germany seems to wear thin.

  3. The commission is right, the steadily increasing exceptions that are increasing the burden on consumers are subsidies.
by IM on Sun Jul 14th, 2013 at 11:49:44 AM EST
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My favorite quotes (in order of the article0:

  1.  "Sometimes I get up in the morning and find a couple of totaled cars in the front yard," he says... Still, he finds the wind turbine behind his garden fence harder to cope with.

  2.  Some are angry at the way the landscape, celebrated by German Romantic poets such as Hölderlin and Mörike, is being butchered.

  3.  Even valuable tourist regions... are to be sacrificed.

  4.  There are 83 such three-armed bandits in Germany's largest wind farm,

  5.  As they drive their SUVs through these turbine forests, tolerantly minded city-dwellers sometimes comment on how ugly eastern Germany has become.

Ach, what's the sense of continuing. There are much better ones i left out because they're on another page or two. Also interesting is how they take certain facts out of technical context. One example is writing about the IWES test center in Bremerhaven testing an 83.5 meter blade (which it is) but then assuming the blades will be used for inland turbines (which it won't, as the test is specifically for offshore, where pigs don't stampede, causing the farmers to receive compensation (paraphrase).

Of course, complaints about primitive high speed turbines built in the early 90's close to residences should be used to discredit modern slow speed turbines with specially designed low noise tips.

6.  Just the masts of today's wind turbines can reach up to 160 meters high. When active, they kill so many insects that the sticky mass slows the rotors down. (the rotors don't slow down, they do lose aerodynamic efficiency to a minor enough degree that blades do get washed from time to time.)

Yes, Der Spiegel, leader in defending insect rights.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Jul 15th, 2013 at 06:50:37 AM EST
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I thought the comment on the insects on the blades was the best one yet.

More interestingly, while factual and objective reporting seemed to have left the Spiegel building for a prolonged lunch in this article, I think the underlying observations (split in environmentalist groups, rise of local protests, the challenge of balancing the spread of building sites with complaints about noise, shadows or landscape change) remain worthy of continuous and decent discussion as long as wind on-shore activities expand. To my mind, such a discussion remains fundamental in relation to the public's consent on on-shore wind.

Trouble is that filtering the data out of the noise will cause more headaches, and I've plenty of them ahead already, so I'll pass today.

by Bjinse on Mon Jul 15th, 2013 at 08:05:19 AM EST
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People living near wind farms must, of course, be remunerated for the visual and (whatever demonstrable) noise impact. Just as people living downwind of coal-burners must, of course, be compensated for the deterioration of air quality.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jul 15th, 2013 at 08:41:09 AM EST
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