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A recently built wind farm in West Virginia churns out power on a windy day. The U.S. took the lead in 2008 for highest wind production of any country, and is closing on the lead for solar.  (Source: Baltimore Sun)

The gains in wind and solar raise the need for efficient storage technologies as they are variable power sources. More efficient production and installation techniques must be developed, and much more research must be done to make the technologies cost competitive with fossil fuel and nuclear power, as well.  (Source: Inhabitat)
"The answer my friends, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind..."





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RE: Dubious honor
By LRonaldHubbs on 2/5/2009 10:57:19 AM , Rating: 4
Actually, I think the windmills look awesome. Drive along Rt81 in PA some time, and you'll see windmills on the hilltops near Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazleton. I've also seen the ones along the lake edge in Buffalo, NY. Both of these examples enhance the skyline IMO. I would gladly live near a windfarm.

You're also exaggerating though. Nobody is talking about covering the landscape with turbines. They are only getting installed in places where it makes sense. And as for power lines, yeah they are unappealing to look at, but what would you prefer exactly? Many places that actually have a decent landscape to look at are far enough out of the way that it isn't worthwhile to run the lines underground, because nobody wants to pay to do it. New developments often get wired underground and so do towns, but in between it's strung together above ground for reasons of practicality.

Regardless of what you think of the appearance, these are things you have to live with if you want modern conveniences. We've been looking at power/telephone lines and radio/tv antennas for longer than I've been alive, as well as cell towers in recent years. And how about jet trails in the sky...what other aesthetic matters should we complain about today? Compared to these things that we have already accepted, can you honestly say that windmills are any worse?


RE: Dubious honor
By Moishe on 2/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Dubious honor
By Spuke on 2/5/2009 4:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
More than 50% think they're ugly. DTers are a fringe element and really aren't representative of the majority view. You would have to ask a few regular (non-computer geek) people what they would think about it. Honestly, there's already proof of how people feel already. Research were any structure is built near residential areas and the public outcry (NIMBY) that usually results.


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