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2012-08-06 08:49:10 PM
well that's great... lets put them up everywhere!

/ARRRGH WHAT'S THAT F**IN NOISE?!?
 
2012-08-06 08:53:06 PM

EatTheWorld: well that's great... lets put them up everywhere!

/ARRRGH WHAT'S THAT F**IN NOISE?!?


Do we put power plants everywhere? Why would we put wind power everywhere?
 
2012-08-06 09:12:52 PM
Good.
 
2012-08-06 09:33:45 PM
According to a wind resources map published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas all have stronger winds.

Just locate the windmills in trailer parks and wait for the inevitable tornado. Watch that renewble energy flow!
 
2012-08-06 09:34:18 PM
Yeah, well, imagine how much easier it would've been to prevent those wildfires without all those windmills fanning the flames!
 
2012-08-06 09:38:16 PM
Wind blows

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2012-08-06 10:10:39 PM
With all those record highs being broken this year around the country, I'm sure those windmills will keep them cool.
 
2012-08-06 11:47:48 PM
I expected a Rockies thread.
 
2012-08-07 12:50:06 AM
That's really cool and inspiring. Sure they are a blender to birds and make a lot of racket, but it is still better than smogging up the air with coal.
 
2012-08-07 04:10:38 AM
We should site more of them in the Arctic to keep the ice cool. Also, penguins can't fly, so we'd be killing two birds with one stone.
 
2012-08-07 05:38:40 AM

WI241TH: With all those record highs being broken this year around the country, I'm sure those windmills will keep them cool.


I know what you want. I'm not going to do it. I am not your tool.
 
2012-08-07 06:22:47 AM

cameroncrazy1984: EatTheWorld: well that's great... lets put them up everywhere!

/ARRRGH WHAT'S THAT F**IN NOISE?!?

Do we put power plants everywhere? Why would we put wind power everywhere?


You'd be surprised at how many power plants are in town and all around. You don't notice them as much because they're short, and smoke stacks have been so scrubbed the effects of having a tall stack doesn't work anymore.

Grid-scale batteries will make renewables more viable.
 
2012-08-07 06:52:59 AM
How can those people stand the esthetic nuisance of windmills everywhere? Why would anyone want those noisy, ugly turbines nearby that only produce power when the wind is blowing? You might as well put a windmill in every backyard.
 
2012-08-07 06:58:24 AM
'They didn't make that'.
 
2012-08-07 07:06:05 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: 'They didn't make that'.


FTFA:

To help wind compete, the federal government has been providing a tax credit that amounts to roughly 30% of its costs. That credit is set to expire at the end of this year and has yet to be renewed.
About half the states have gone one step further, requiring utilities to purchase a certain percent of their power from renewable resources.
Colorado has ordered its utilities to buy 30% of their power from renewable resources by 2020. That's one of the highest standards in the nation, and certainly has helped Xcel reach such high wind generation numbers.
The idea behind the subsidies and mandates is to foster a market for wind and other renewable power sources so the technology can be perfected and economies of scale reached to the point where they can compete on their own.
 
2012-08-07 07:39:48 AM
Critics say the renewable industry has been promising this since the 1970s, and has yet to deliver

"It will never work, so burn more oil and coal!"

Could you imagine human progress if we her continuously hampered by party poopers like this?

"Nobody has ever been to the moon, so this rocket thing will never work!"

"We've never landed anything on Mars, so this project is doomed to failure!"

"We have an ample supply of whales for clean burning lamp oil, so this electricity thing is unnecessary!"
 
2012-08-07 07:40:41 AM

Dog Welder: Could you imagine human progress if we WERE continuously hampered by party poopers like this?


FTFM

Dammit...need more coffee.
 
2012-08-07 08:19:53 AM

Dog Welder: Dog Welder: Could you imagine human progress if we WERE continuously hampered by party poopers like this?

FTFM

Dammit...need more coffee.


I don't know. I kind of liked it better when "we" "her" "continously" and "pooper" were all in the same sentence.
 
2012-08-07 08:25:22 AM
Is that why they had 9 blackouts last month?
 
2012-08-07 08:26:40 AM

TIKIMAN87: Is that why they had 9 blackouts last month?


That might have had something to do with the entire state being on fire.
 
2012-08-07 08:39:56 AM

Dog Welder: TIKIMAN87: Is that why they had 9 blackouts last month?

That might have had something to do with the entire state being on fire.


I bet it was the jews.
 
2012-08-07 09:01:48 AM
Conservatives apparently think the wind is a communist plot to take over 'murica.
 
2012-08-07 09:13:52 AM

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Conservatives apparently think the wind is a communist plot to take over 'murica.


Eventually these are going to soak up all the wind, leaving us nothing to make our flags flutter. We will never be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus again.
 
2012-08-07 09:23:45 AM
They are a blight on the landscape

We should be ashamed of ourselves that we've come to this.

And all you phony liberals that support these oversized whirligigs can kiss my ass. If these monstrosities were for any other purpose than to fuel your green fantasies, you would be screaming bloody murder.
 
2012-08-07 10:50:17 AM

Basily Gourt: They are a blight on the landscape

We should be ashamed of ourselves that we've come to this.

And all you phony liberals that support these oversized whirligigs can kiss my ass. If these monstrosities were for any other purpose than to fuel your green fantasies, you would be screaming bloody murder.


cheap renewable energy and making the earth less of a shiathole are now "green fantasies."

/sigh, this is why we can't have nice things America.

//also, I think they look cool
 
2012-08-07 12:00:35 PM

Dog Welder: Critics say the renewable industry has been promising this since the 1970s, and has yet to deliver

"It will never work, so burn more oil and coal!"

Could you imagine human progress if we her continuously hampered by party poopers like this?

"Nobody has ever been to the moon, so this rocket thing will never work!"

"We've never landed anything on Mars, so this project is doomed to failure!"

"We have an ample supply of whales for clean burning lamp oil, so this electricity thing is unnecessary!"


I never understood this. Even if we have more oil and coal than we currently estimate, the Earth is not a sphere of infinite volume. Eventually all of the oil and coal will be extracted. I don't care if it's a hundred years from now or two hundred, that's nothing in the timescale of global civilization.
 
2012-08-07 12:04:32 PM

Lord Dimwit: Dog Welder: Critics say the renewable industry has been promising this since the 1970s, and has yet to deliver

"It will never work, so burn more oil and coal!"

Could you imagine human progress if we her continuously hampered by party poopers like this?

"Nobody has ever been to the moon, so this rocket thing will never work!"

"We've never landed anything on Mars, so this project is doomed to failure!"

"We have an ample supply of whales for clean burning lamp oil, so this electricity thing is unnecessary!"

I never understood this. Even if we have more oil and coal than we currently estimate, the Earth is not a sphere of infinite volume. Eventually all of the oil and coal will be extracted. I don't care if it's a hundred years from now or two hundred, that's nothing in the timescale of global civilization.


I love when you bold things. Its how I know you really care.
 
2012-08-07 12:07:03 PM

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Lord Dimwit: Dog Welder: Critics say the renewable industry has been promising this since the 1970s, and has yet to deliver

"It will never work, so burn more oil and coal!"

Could you imagine human progress if we her continuously hampered by party poopers like this?

"Nobody has ever been to the moon, so this rocket thing will never work!"

"We've never landed anything on Mars, so this project is doomed to failure!"

"We have an ample supply of whales for clean burning lamp oil, so this electricity thing is unnecessary!"

I never understood this. Even if we have more oil and coal than we currently estimate, the Earth is not a sphere of infinite volume. Eventually all of the oil and coal will be extracted. I don't care if it's a hundred years from now or two hundred, that's nothing in the timescale of global civilization.

I love when you bold things. Its how I know you really care.


It got away from me, yeah.
 
2012-08-07 10:22:56 PM
Thomas Dolby approves.
 
2012-08-08 12:53:16 PM
This is one of the great things about America.

It may take a while to get the rig in motion, but when it moves, it moves!

Take that Denmark!

Mind you, Colorado is a Blue island in a sea of dim Southerners who poured out of the Appallachians and left a giant red question mark across the map of America.

It's the thinnest state, one of the richest, and it confirms my suspicion that the reason why the third floor of the Rideau Shopping Centre is so much cleaner, quieter and posher than the first and second floor is that lazy, stupid people are too lazy and stupid to climb stairs.

First floor, fast food and yahoos. Second floor, proper shops. Third floor, Henry Birks & Sons.

It's like the class structure of a French apartment building in reverse.

Windmills have their good and their bad points, but Colorado is blessed with not only a lot of wind, but also sun and geothermal potential. To support a large windfarm you need a good grid and solid backup. That means falling back on natural gas, oil or coal unless you have other sources of power. Colorado is fortunate, as is much of the South West, to have several options to develop simultaneously. When the Sun doesn't shine, the wind may blow, when neither the wind nor Sun obliges, there's power below.

I'm surprised that they have surpassed 50% already but it was bound to happend somewhere in the American sub-continent eventually. If Slim Pickens is behind it, you can be sure that it is ready for prime time and mass-production.

Look at a map of the US (or graphics showing population, nightime illumination or what have you) and you can see that about two thirds of the US population lives in one third of the land area. That leaves a lot of government land for corporate wind farms, and wind farms you will have on a scale to beat Europe and possibly even China.

To paraphrase the anomalist, Charles Hoy Fort, when windmill comes, you get windmills. Despite the over-blown (pun accidental) pessimism of conservatives and leftists alike, we are at the foot of one of the great sigma-curves of production, and "green" power is taking off. No doubt each solution is a new problem with unintended consequences, but all in all this is a good thing.
 
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