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Wind Power and Hot Air

Oregroanian March 21, 2007 page B1: In an article titled Part of Answer is Blown in the Wind. Leads off with the statement, “Wind-powered electricity is clean to produce, the fuel comes free and resources last forever.” Where it is true that wind power is clean, it is certainly not free, neither economically, environmentally nor aesthetically. Economically wind power is one of the most expensive ways to generate power. Denying cheap power to the poor of the world is not an answer to global problems. Forcing middle class to carry the load is also counter-productive. Environmentally, wind is what drives the weather system on this planet. Removing large amounts of energy from the weather system will cause a major impact to the global climate. Wind already has a purpose in mixing the atmosphere and blowing the clouds around. Wind leaving a wind farm has considerable less energy (6,000 megawatts) to expend on its task of modifying weather. Finally, there is nothing quite as beautiful as thousands of acres filled with tall towers and whirling blades. Which would you rather live next to a reservoir or a wind farm?

Global climate change is possibly the major issue that humans have ever faced. The two most sensible ways of solving this problem have been taken off the table. We must maximize the use of hydro and nuclear power. Hydropower actually cools the atmosphere. The Columbia River hydro generating capacity could be increase substantially without build more dams, but by just adding extra generators. Plunging the earth into a global oven will not be beneficial to salmon.


By Emmett Geese

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