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They try to call it 'renewable energy' but it's really stuff that won't go away.It costs to remove them, it costs to 'repurpose' them they look stupid, bikes don't really need shelter the homeless do and these will become instant graffiti targets. I have a revolutionary idea.. don't make them in the first place.
Conveniently overlooked in the Green Energy discussion are the resources, including 'fossil fuels', required to build the infrastructure, the resources required to maintain them, the resources required to decommission them and the resources required to decommission the energy source they are intended to replace in supplying energy to the grid.In other words, they are a complete drain of both non-renewable and renewable resources which are required for their very existence. Yet in the progressive lexicon it's as if these things just magically appear.
Bingo! Peak stupid on wind farms is exemplified by a report some time ago that greens were protesting the fact that the wind farm had powerlines going to it. That's right, they thought the wind farm didn't need powerlines. I guess they thought that the wind turbines somehow just magically put the power onto the grid without wires. It's like the cloth grocery bags they carry so proudly. They're so wonderful they cause food poisoning and are bad for the environment, too! Those cotton tote bags have to be washed and re-used *131 times* before they have a smaller climate impact than a plastic bag used only once. Our local grocery store sells those cotton bags silk screened with the line, "The Earth smiles at me when I use this bag." I saw that and instinctively said, "that's because it's laughing at you behind your back."
Much to do about nothing
Hopefully the wind won't blow to hard from behind...
Do this in Liberal cities here and within 4 hours there'd be a hundred homeless under the blade.
I guess that's ONE way to deal with a few of them, but what about the rest? They can't go into landfills...they can't be recycled. The Deep Thinkers who came up with this idea will have to work overtime to figure out more "repurposing" ideas because thousands of them will be decommissioned in the near future.
Grind 'em up and mix 'em with concrete to make roads or houses or something. Probably not cost-effective though.
If the ground-up glass fibers become airborne, which they eventually will, they can become a serious respiratory and gastro-intestinal hazard. I used to install fiberglass panels in subway cars and we ALWAYS wore respirators when cutting and trimming them. Glass dust is a killer.
Hence the need to use it as fill in some kind of aggregate.
The other day I saw a story about a new solar 'farm' (why do they call cutting down trees and erecting glass and steel panels.. a farm?). They were proud to announce that is was 1,800 acres big.Wow, 1,800 acres is 2.81 square miles.And an equivalent Natural Gas power plant would be what ... two, maybe three acres?Plus I think you can find three acres of land much closer to the urban and industrial areas that will use that power. Much closer than the nearest 1,800 acre plot. The Stupid, it burns!
It's not about energy or efficiency; it's about building these things and selling them to the government.
That thing’s going to generate a ton of lift in even a light wind from the leading edge side. It’s probably not stressed to be tied down where it is and they cut most of the spar out. Have fun picking up all the pieces, fellahs....
Some homeless guy trying to get some sleep is going to go flying off in that thing, clinging on for dear life.And as he disappears into the skies I be sure to call out to him, "It's For. The. Enviromentttttt!"Now imagine a dumping ground with these things, complete and all in one piece, piled up.And a really strong wind (one of those North Sea storms no doubt) comes up...Boogles the mind.