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CPT Jack Durish
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You know you're in for a wild ride when the article opens with a statement like... "Like solar energy, wind energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world..." So which is it? Which is the fastest growing energy source in the world: Wind or Solar? Or, are they tied for first? Or, is it neither? With India and China building coal fired plants to produce electrical energy at an alarming rate, and searching the world for high energy coal to fire them, I'd be willing to bet that coal far and away outstrips both solar and wind combined. But, hey, let's not quibble. Consider this gem: "Wind doesn’t cost anything and therefore operational costs are close to zero once a turbine starts running." Was the wind turbine built without cost? Of course not. Thus, the author seems to have zero understanding of basic economics, at least the part about amortization and depreciation. Sure, the wind is free. No argument there. However, will the wind turbine ever produce electricity in value equal to it's original cost. It seems doubtful when you consider that no one wind farm could exist without government subsidies. Well, if the author is out of his depth he can always quote an "expert" ("X" - and unknown quantity and "spurt" - a drip under pressure) THE FUEL IN THE EARTH WILL BE EXHAUSTED IN A THOUSAND OR MORE YEARS, AND ITS MINERAL WEALTH, BUT MAN WILL FIND SUBSTITUTES FOR THESE IN THE WINDS, THE WAVES, THE SUN’S HEAT, AND SO FORTH. ~ JOHN BURROUGHS" (In all upper case letters no less - must be authoritative) If puts me in mind of men who stood on street corners with sandwich boards predicting that the world was about to end. No matter how many times they (and other experts - remember the end of the Mayan Calendar) that they were wrong, they can always find a cult of idiots of believe them. If you check back, you'll find that there have been many predictions that we were running out of energy (had run out in some scenarios), but here we still are... I'd love to comment on each of the seven points (they are ripe with possibility) but I'm sure that few have made it even this far and I have more important things to do with my life
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Sgt Jim Belanus
Sgt Jim Belanus
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We keep getting more and more wind farms and the more that are built, the higher our elect. bill gets. Try living next to a wind farm with the constant shadow flash and the noise of the blades beside all the sight pollution. Give me a coal plant any day that occupies a lot less land , runs 24 7, without backup and lower operating costs. I have been told that it is about .15 per kilowatt. You want them, then put them in your own back yard.
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SGT Whatever Needs Doing.
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I'm no engineer. I think the ones that look like vertical egg beaters would be better, no weight hanging on a spindle and don't have to be turned into the wind.
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Vertical Axis Wind Turbines. They are neat. I wanted build one as an experiment with a 12V DC motor I have, I just don't get enough wind.
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