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To: bigbob
Why is wind energy good?

To me, it's unsightly, and even worse, it's a pipe dream that isn't effective at all. Until someone figures how the electricity can be stored, it's expensive, erratic, takes way too much maintenance, and worst of all requires back up the equivalent of what the turbines can generate when there's no wind, therefore saves nothing

14 posted on 06/07/2010 9:34:29 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark

I’m with you. I think Wind Energy is a pipe dream; plus it’s ugly, and now it’s killing birds. Just plain stupid.


67 posted on 06/07/2010 4:10:20 PM PDT by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: Lakeshark
To me, it's unsightly, and even worse, it's a pipe dream that isn't effective at all. Until someone figures how the electricity can be stored, it's expensive, erratic, takes way too much maintenance, and worst of all requires back up the equivalent of what the turbines can generate when there's no wind, therefore saves nothing

You can store the energy by pumping water uphill, by pressurizing air or by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. If you combine wind with solar on a continental scale, the back up needed is actually rather small. Siemens has done calculations and they came out in the 10% or so range.

In short: almost everything can be done, if you throw enough money at it (e.g. subsidies were also crucial to starting the nuclear industry). The problem is not so much engineering, it's economics.
69 posted on 06/07/2010 6:22:59 PM PDT by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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