We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Well, just a few weeks earlier, in mid May, a Siemens model B53 wind turbine blade came off at the Ocotillo wind turbine farm east of San Diego. The blade was 173 feet long and it didn’t happen during a storm, it just came off during the night. This is a new installation, just 6 months from brand new, not an old worn out turbine. Winds at the time were between 9 and 19 mph with gusts of 29 mph, something you would get on a regular basis wherever wind turbines are installed and certainly something we would expect to see here in North East.
Then, just one month earlier, on April 5th, the same model B53 blade came off a turbine at MidAmerican Energy’s Eclipse wind farm in Iowa. " http://northeastwindmills.com
173 feet long. Wonder what it weights? Don't forget to duck.
WHenever I see the wind turbines in the Berkeley hills, I think of all the oil that won't be used, of the Arab oil sheiks who won't see that American money, of the fresher air I breathe because of them (and compared to the fumes from teh Shell oil storage only a few miles away.
Each one of these large commercial windmills takes about 4 times as much energy to be built, installed and serviced then they will ever produce. Ironically most of the energy used to produce these is from coal and oil. These are not clean green machines. What these windmills were designed to generate is enormous profits for the producers, owners and installers. What they are harvsting is not the wind so much as it is tax breaks and enormous subsidies. If that is all there were to the story it would be a terrible fraud on the public because of the higher taxes and higher electricity costs. But as so often happens there is more to this story. Each windmill farm must have an appropriately sized conventional power plant idling at great expense for when the wind stops. The grid must be maintained at a specific level and just because the wind stops is not an acceptable reason to allow it to drop below that level. Wind power is a scam. These windmills pictured cost billions and continue to cost 100's of millons to the taxpayers and rate payers. The owners are farming tax money not the wind.
I have three problems with windmills:
1. they are an eyesore (I don't have much to say about that if you build it on your land legally).
2. they kill birds (and are legally excused for doing so).
3. they are heavily subsidised.
If you have a windmill to power your toothbrush, I don't mind as long as you are responsible for the birds and you buy it with your money, not mine.