Snow Day! Wind Turbines, Mojave, CA
There are some scenes that even a fresh blanket of snow has a hard time making beautiful.
We drive through there every few years or so in the spring to and from Lake Havasu. Always hurricane!
That is an impressive wind farm. Canada need a few more like this one.
That scene struck us a especially stunning when we passed thru this area in October. The U.S. could use many more of these, as well.
Hmm...not to derail the thread, but I strongly disagree with adding more wind farms. I think they take up way too much land, they are dangerous to birds, and they are not as efficient at producing and storing energy as “the green” advocates would like you to believe. I have heard that the turbines have to be treated as hazmat when they are taken down. What do you do with them after they are out of service? There is a lot more to it than harnessing the clean,pure,wind.
I do like the picture Ray, thanks for sharing!
not to worry about derailing the thread, it's a good topic of discussion. While wind farms will not answer all our electrial needs it will help to lower green house gases with the reduction of fossil fuel driven engery sources. There will always be trade offs with anything we do with respect to greening our energy sources and its life cycle. Ultimately, I think I would take a wind farm any day of the week over a coal fired plant/s as we have in Nova Scotia. The good news here is that we now have 25% of our power coming from sustainable sources such as wind.
I used to live in the California Desert and I'm really not a fan of all the wind farms. If you haven't seen them in person, you can't really grasp the huge amount of landscape they impact. I'm all for clean energy but these turbines are at least 50 feet tall with blades probably 30-40 feet long . . . and these are the small ones. They are getting bigger and taller all the time. Really wrecks the beauty of the desert in my opinion.
I totally agree there are trade-offs for all sorts of energy production. Come travel to parts of my beautiful state of Utah and see what the extractive coal industries have done to the landscapes, water, habitat. Wind and solar seem to be much more benign by comparison. As long as we humans consume energy, we will need to find green ways to produce it. Properly sited wind and solar make more sense than coal and atomic energy.
I'm not too sure that's the way it is every where open pit mining is done.
In Wyoming it is the law that thay (Coal Companys)have to preform reclamation after coal extraction is finished. I have seen some good land put back to grass pasture after coal has been mined.
although If you need to go solar in your RV I know a guy that can help.............................
How do you store the energy from wind, batteries? How are the components of the batteries made, from mining? Where do you store all of the batteries? How do you get power when the wind is not blowing?
I think these, in addition to the massive amount of land needed, are some of the questions that don’t get talked about much with “clean” energy. Be careful, some politicians and a lot of the media are pushing this stuff because it is fashionable or its the politically correct answer. Just because you see it on TV or read it on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. (Excluding what I post on the internet of course)
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