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(Telegraph)   Wind turbine with a life expectancy of 25 years dies prematurely at age three   ( divider line
    More: Fail, East Midlands, public roads, Campaign to Protect Rural England  
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2013-01-30 01:44:04 PM  
4 votes:

Pants full of macaroni!!: SUCK IT GREENIE-WEENIES

Yeah... given the choice between this:
and this:

I'm gonna go with door #1
2013-01-30 01:27:05 PM  
4 votes:
Obviously this means green energy is a failure and global warming is a hoax.
2013-01-30 01:26:54 PM  
3 votes:

grokca: This just in : Mechanical things break.

You're not sufficiently outraged. This means that wind power is doomed and we should build more coal plants because nothing ever goes wrong with coal plants.
2013-01-30 12:30:46 PM  
3 votes:
Wanted for questioning
2013-01-30 12:04:41 PM  
3 votes:
Obviously the concept of NIMBY is well-understood, though the more-relevant MTBF might be a good thing to introduce...
d23 [BareFark]
2013-01-30 02:41:17 PM  
2 votes:

Yeah.. I know.. it's 2013 and facts don't mean shiat in an argument.. but some people still care that your argument is full of crap.
Another factoid:
2013-01-30 02:02:22 PM  
2 votes:

The Faywood Assassin: I'm getting tired of everyone biatching about how ugly wind turbines look. Sure there are some issues (getting caught in their shadow can be very annoying from the strobe effect) but overall you have two choices:

1) Ugly and clean, or

2) Dirty and relatively invisible.

This idea of some tiny, beautiful, and environmentally friendly power source does not exist.

I don't really get the "ugly" thing. I think they're rather lovely, and certainly more attractive than a 1960s coal powerstation, which is the main alternative in the UK.

They're also a hell of a lot prettier than electricity pylons, and they're absolutely everywhere in the UK without much complaint. It's just a matter of getting used to them.

This (everywhere, no complaint)

Or this (rare, lots of moaning)
2013-01-30 01:36:45 PM  
2 votes:
I eagerly await the day where this is as big a news story as a downed power line.
2013-01-30 01:30:38 PM  
2 votes:
How long will the contamination last? Millions of years?
2013-01-30 01:28:43 PM  
2 votes:

Man On Fire: Obviously this means green energy is a failure and global warming is a hoax.

Exactly. Cuz we all know that oil-extraction industries have never resulted in any accidents ever.
2013-01-30 02:33:52 PM  
1 vote:

TomD9938: [ image 320x188]

2013-01-30 02:24:48 PM  
1 vote:

AloysiusSnuffleupagus: Any wind-power people have any thoughts about this:

Why isn't part of the tower more firmly supported or connected to the footing than just being bolted?

Like, bury another tube into the concrete footing and then slip the tower over it, or something similar? Cost? "This couldn't happen?"

IANAE, just asking dumb questions.

I'm not a wind guy, but, those calculations shouldn't be tough. The flange doesn't seem to have ANY deformation on it, which to me looks like the bolts failed or were sabotaged. I'd love to see a metallurgy report on those bolts.
2013-01-30 02:11:16 PM  
1 vote:

simusid: Lyle Langley sold a $1M windmill to the town of Portsmouth RI and its transmission crapped out in about a year of operation. The town has no money to fix it and I drive by it idle 5 days a week.

I suspect a coal fire powerstation will crap out after a couple of days if you treat it like a one-off purchase that needs no maintenance.
2013-01-30 01:58:58 PM  
1 vote:
Here's what I'm reading.

Wind power catastrophe = turbine fell over.

Coal power catastrophe = Centralia, PA.

Oil power catastrophe = Deepwater Horizon.

Nuclear power catastrophe = Chernobyl.

...Yep. I still like wind power.
2013-01-30 01:45:08 PM  
1 vote:
My 2 year old wooden fence blew down last night in those winds too.

Clearly fences are a waste of time and will never catch on.
2013-01-30 01:42:22 PM  
1 vote:

oldfarthenry: Someone f**ked up with their bending moment/shear calculations on the foundation bolts.

Or resonant frequency calculations.
2013-01-30 01:35:58 PM  
1 vote:
Somebody screws up the foundation of a wind-turbine installation and it falls down, hurting nobody and resulting in a small loss of money --------> "zOMG green energy is a scam and global warming is a myth and fark those damn hippies, we need to get rid of these damn windmills!!!!."

BP/Haliburton/TransOcean exhibit repeated systematic neglect of safety standards culminating in an accident that kills 8 people and spews toxic sludge all over the Atlantic, ruining fisheries and devastating tourism, -------------------------> "Wait, that happened? oil is too expensive, let's build a pipeline across the whole continent."
2013-01-30 01:35:04 PM  
1 vote:
I heard they put windmills rated at 50 Marys per hour in locations that were known to have upwards of two hundred Marys per hour cried on a regular basis.
2013-01-30 01:32:14 PM  
1 vote:
Considering how reviled the thing was I wonder if it had some help falling down?

/It was the wind govna.....
2013-01-30 01:29:20 PM  
1 vote:
Given the other reading selections down the bottom right hand side I'd go out on a limb and guess "Fair and balanced" with regard to wind energy is not terribly high on their list of priorities.
2013-01-30 12:55:30 PM  
1 vote:
This just in : Mechanical things break.
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