Saturday, September 20, 2008

Northern Europe. Wind





On the way from the Netherlands via Germanay on the way to Denmark, we passed a pretty rural area with large windmills everywhere. They are very elegant. I keep asking myself, why are we in the US not catching on. It is especially pertinent in light of Al Gore’s recent challenge to remove ourselves from any non renewable energy sources in 100 years. Obviously, it is a much more complex issue than I can to delve into here, but it is such a critical one. I remember a German I met in a hostel in Shanghai. He was a salesman for different wind generating technologies. And the new models that he was touting are very elegant. The blades seem to move slow enough to not cause major problems for birds. And for the aesthetic issue, I don’t get it. In fact, for me, it is actually comforting and inspiring to see such structures because it tells me something is being done. Surely, these could become profitable enough to put on agricultural land where wind is prevalent. People get paid large amounts of money for cell phone companies to put an antennae on their land, why not windmills? I find a wind mill is much more attractive than one of those damn cell phone towers (even the fake palm tree one, you know what I am talking about).

Well, just maybe we are starting to change. Check this article I recently found...Otherwise, it is drill, baby, drill....

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