Skip to comments.Red-throated Diver bird kills off second phase of wind farm
Posted on 03/01/2014 4:35:32 PM PST by Libloather
The UKs renewable energy plans have been set back after the companies building the worlds biggest offshore wind farm, London Array, ditched a second phase of the huge project, largely because of uncertainties about its impact on birds.
Basking sharks and a rocky seabed helped kill off plans to build ScottishPower Renewables Argyll Array wind farm off the western coast of Scotland in December.
That move came just weeks after RWE, a German power company, pulled the plug on its £4bn Atlantic Array offshore wind farm after saying the cost of overcoming technical challenges were prohibitive in the current market.
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YOu don’t mess with English Birders.
Bird Blender ping
Libs eating their own. Excellent! [steeples fingers]
It’s about time that lawmakers treated the environmental impacts of wind power as seriously as they do the impacts of the fossil fuel, and nuclear industries.
Gee, what a mess. Save the birds or save the planet? I know. Save both. Kill the people.
“...impact on birds.”
Ya don’t say.
There are no "uncertainties" about the impact of wind farms on birds. They kill them. In large quantities.
[but with less Coke and more screaming feathers]
This was an ecologically brilliant idea.
That these bird-killing machines get an environmental "pass" does illustrate the hypocrisy of the leftie/greens; and, it should cast a doubt on other areas of pseudo-"environmental" sophistry.
(Global warming/climate change comes to mind)
We call them loons.
That's a red-throated loon.
And, yeah, the real loons are the wind power fanatics.
Unlike conventional light-water pressurized uranium-fueled reactors, MSR's offer these advantages:
1. It uses commonly thorium-232 dissolved in molten fluoride salts as fuel, a lot cheaper to make than the solid fuel rods of uranium-235 now required.
2. You can even use reprocessed uranium-235 fuel rods and plutonium-239 from dismantled nuclear weapons dissolved in molten fluoride salts as fuel, eliminating a major nuclear waste disposal problem.
3. Because the fuel is in liquid form, there is very little "meltdown" risk.
4. It doesn't require a dangerous pressurized reactor vessel.
5. Doing an emergency shutdown (SCRAM) only requires dumping the liquid fuel from the reactor.
6. By using closed-loop Brayton turbines to turn the power generators, you eliminate the need for expensive, space-wasting cooling towers or locating the reactor near a large body of cooling water.
7. The radioactive waste generated is very small in amount, and only has a half-life of under 300 years. That means very cheap waste disposal, if the nuclear medicine industry doesn't grab it first!
Small wonder why there is major revived interest in this type of nuclear reactor, especially since thorium-232 is relatively easy to find on Earth (and there is a lot on the Moon also), so running out of fuel is definitely not an issue.
Cold blooded, merciless killers?
Will never be able to look at a ‘sky blender’ again without chuckling. :)
Hey, if *I* had a blender like that and I could afford to break it....
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