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Industrial wind power is examined from a different perspective: how it fits into our 125± year historical pattern for selecting sources for electrical power. This has considerable pertinence since ...

Industrial wind power is examined from a different perspective: how it fits into our 125± year historical pattern for selecting sources for electrical power. This has considerable pertinence since the power source requirements developed during this long period have not only resulted in the most successful electrical grid system in the world, but have also immeasurably contributed to the economic success of the US. From my perspective as a physicist and long time environmental activist, it is apparent that we depart from this proven path at our extreme peril

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  • Well done.
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  • Political Wind--Turbines Suck
    http://beyondprophecy.blogspot.ca/2013/07/political-wind-turbines-suck.html
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  • How can wind power be the solution to energy problems when the wind behaves like a yo-yo and is extremely sporadic and unreliable? Wind Energy cannot close even ONE back-up fossil fuel or nuclear power station.
    One small area of Mid Wales......less than 1000 square miles of some of the finest, unspoilt rolling green hill scenery in the world......is being threatened with anywhere between 400 and 800 wind turbines, each one between 400 ft and 450 ft in height !!It is crazy !! Even 800 wind turbines 400 ft high will only generate 25 per cent of their 2 megawatt installed capacity , or 0.5MW each. That gives a total of 800 x 0.5MW , or 400MW. But that is not a replacement,because the back-up power station must KEEP RUNNING ! Do you realise what 800 x 400 feet wind turbines looks like?? Do you know how many SQUARE MILES they would cover?......AND...FOR WHAT ?????
    For NOTHING !! They DUPLICATE electricity from fossil fuels.How can they replace it when the fossil fuel power stations keep running due to the sporadic ,unpredictable ,inadequate wind???
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  • Recycling? You ought to apply the scientific method to that. You would likely find that the only thing it makes sense to recycle is metals. Anybody hear of thieves stealing bundled newspapers? Or do they prefer aluminum cans?
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  • One big error I see is that you assume other mandates (more efficient motors) will fix our problems. No. Businesses will 'kill' to increase profits. Let them decide where to spend their money. Suppose the money spent on efficient motors could be devoted to some better use?

    Say you mandate 99% efficient motors. The 99% motors cost 1.2X a 90% motor. If the motor is only needed a few hours a year (sump pump say) it makes no economic sense to mandate the 99% motor for all applications. Besides politicians have no sense about any of this. (this is an example - the figures are for illustration only).

    Best leave it to the engineers. It is their job. BTW I wouldn't even allow most physicists to make the choice. Trade offs are not their regular day job.

    Have you heard of Polywell Fusion?
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