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Industrial wind in Maine


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Submitted by jumpjet on

It's appalling- we criticize it when it's done for coal-mining, but because we're doing it for wind farms it's all right? The environmental damage is catastrophic either way, not to mention the damage to tourism, as the article points out.

That said, I dislike claims that wind power's intermittency is a problem- up to a certain point, it isn't. And if we reach the point where it does become a problem- where wind power starts accounting for more than 50% of energy generated for a certain area- the solution is to tap wind sources that aren't so intermittent. This is the idea behind airborne wind turbines, my absolute favorite future energy solution. There's gobs of power to be tapped in winds at the highest altitudes- consider the jetstream- and the wind there blows almost constantly.

But no, blowing up mountaintops is never worth it. They should leave the mountaintops intact and lend them out to a few prototype generators from Kitegen.

Submitted by Anchard on

My partner's family has a house on what used to be a very quiet mountain in Freedom. The neighbors up the ridge lost a battle with a power company that was somehow able to put in three of these monsters too close to their house, which the owners built themselves 30 or 40 years ago. You can see the results here:

The kicker - from what I understand, the power goes into the regional grid, and does nothing for anyone in the smaller area. Oh, and they stripped the side of the mountain to put them in.

Submitted by lambert on

Same as landfills farther north, and fracking in the Marcellus shale (PA, OH, NY). They target local oligarchies in marginal areas, ruin the land, send the money out of state, and then leave the taxpapers with the bill for the clean-up.