Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Politicians once again blowing in the wrong direction
The Chicago Tribune published an article today about how the federal government has stopped work on more than a dozen wind farms that were planned to be built across the Midwest. The reason? Several politicians complained that a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod Massachusetts would spoil the view for summer homes of the rich. Do you really want to know what will spoil their view? Having their homes and beaches underwater due to rising sea levels caused by the melting of the polar ice caps due to the continued release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels instead of using renewable energy such as wind power.
Once again the people we elected to make the right decisions for us have made the wrong choice. Instead of doing what's right for the people they're doing what's right for themselves and for the wealthy lobbyists who line the politicians pockets with green. And when I say green, I'm not talking about what grows on trees.
If they don't want wind turbines off the coast of Cape Cod, fine, but don't shut down wind farm projects elsewhere in the country. In fact for Cape Cod instead of building a wind farm they could build a system to generate electricity from the movement of the waves. Something like this has already been done in the U.K by a company named Wavegen, why not in the U.S.?
Wind energy will never be able to be a substantial replacement for hydrocarbons. The only underutilized alternative continues to be nuclear. Right now nuclear energy production is limited to fission, but the holy grail of Energy is nuclear fusion.
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