31 Oct 2008
Wind power is inportant part the renawable energy mix, however in the UK very large turbines in tight clusters are being erected very close to peoples properties. The noise and flicker is causing ever larger numbers of people to leave their properties and rent elsewhereas as their properties are becoming worthless.
Unfortunately there is no compensation available with wind turbines unlike other public works which do offer compensation for property loss.
I am sure the pubic at large are not aware of this and although everyone is in favour of wind power they would not be happy if they realised how many people are being made destitue and homeless in the surge for wind power.
If there was an agreed minimum distance, say 2000metres, that turbines could be erected from properties, as there is in Europe, there would not be less of a problem.
01 Nov 2008
I am confused by the lack of any easy connection to the numbers here. It reads like by 2020 we can produce 12% of global power with wind, and avoid 10 billion tonnes of CO2 spewing into the atmosphere. With an eight fold increase beyond we avoid 80 billion tons of CO2 per year. What is the weight of the atmosphere? Are we adding over 90 billion tons of weight per year and have been for a long time without considering forest fires or volcanoes.
Who can explain how much coal and oil and gas it takes to make that much CO2? 1,000 times as many tons of coal, 800 for oil and 400 for gas? Do we have ways to move that much weight around?