I had a conversation with someone at a barbeque yesterday afternoon about wind turbines. We were discussing the Cape Wind Project, which will be America’s first off-shore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. He was upset because by putting wind turbines off-shore, it was going to ruin the view, and once that one took hold that wind farms were going to go up around the entire country. While I agreed that wind turbines are not nearly as nice to look at as an uninterrupted ocean view, I said that the turbines are going to be a ways off-shore and we need to get energy from somewhere other than fossil fuels… which then led to a conversation about the BP oil spill. This is when we discussed oil spills, long term consequences of said spills, peak oil, and how if you lived on a coast that was open to offshore-drilling, your beach could one day be covered with oil and dead animals. Somehow that got him thinking that wind turbines, while not the sexiest things in the world to look at, might be better looking than an oil-covered beach. I think I may have converted him!
In all seriousness, from the porch of your house, would you rather look at these?:
Energy doesn’t come free with no expenses at all, (monetary or otherwise) so in order to continue living the lives we have become accustomed to we are going to need an energy source. Solar will play a roll, for sure, but we will need wind power as well. And for my dollar, and if I had to choose one I might have to look at on a daily basis, I would definitely choose this:
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