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July 17, 2010 – Comments (2)

I tend to think technologies that help to address problems from global warming are something to be researching, but researching to also be dumping strategies that really aren't green, like wind power.  Wind power uses way too much land and you have to clear way too many forests for it to be practical.

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#1) On July 17, 2010 at 6:30 PM, zymok (< 20) wrote:

How many forests have to be cleared for the Nantucket Sound wind farm?

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#2) On July 17, 2010 at 10:25 PM, ChrisGraley (29.74) wrote:

From what I've seen, wind farming is a bad answer, but power supplementation using individual wind turbines works well. Especially when you are using vertical helix shaped wind turbines that don't contribute to local noise pollution.

Even wind farming in desert areas has promise. You don't have to clear any forests in that scenario. The land costs are usually very cheap and you can usually supplement a solar operation with vertical turbines. 

The key to everything is getting the cost per watt down. Both wind and solar have a ways to go, but they are the closest green technoligies that we have.

I'm not against pouring money into legitimate research, but I'm totally against subsidizing the cost per watt for either alternative.

To work, it has to work on it's own merits. You can't subsidize viability. If you don't believe me look at the current failure of ethanol.  

binve has another post right now about solar cells hitting about 25% efficiency.  That's getting pretty close to do-able, depending on manufacturing costs.

I think that once we burn enough fossil fuels, these two green technologies become more cost effective than burning more fossil fuels.  Spending research money on both now is cost effective, but trying to manipulate the price for either technology is not.

Just my 2 cents,

Chris 

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