Wiind energy is great & complainers should adapt.
Wiind turbines are good & property owners should be justly compensated for decrease property value
I think Obama is an idiot
I'd be upset if wind turbines went up interfering with my view
The wind turbines should not be allowed to disrupt views
I think George W Bush ruined this nation
Other, please explain
You don't own the view around your house. As long as they're not being built on land owned by the homeowners, then there's no problem.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
If its not your yard you don't get compensated for what someone does on their property.
My opponent is a liar, and he can not be trusted
This election began like a car wreck; a bad thing, but I couldn't help but look away. It's now more like a beheading video; a sickening display where I can't hit the red X fast enough.
Well I dont think we should drive any cars because a few years back I was driving my car, and a car on the other side of the road hit a bird and a bat at the same time, so do not drive your car, because it can kill a bird and/or a bat......
Now back to the topic, I think it is rude for a industrial sized turbine to be built in view of a residential area, I could see why a "negative nancy" could think it may be as obnoxious as a smokestack would be to me, and I live in S.Dakota, one of the windest, open landed, barren states in the nation. Plenty of great oppurtunities to build out here and wire the power to everywhere else (I know there is an infrastructure problem, but thats another thread), instead of having it placed in your backyard. Now I believe its anyones right to have a quiet residential turbine on their property, just like its your right to have a poodle if your my neighbor.... (I just dont want to hear it bark)
Now as far as is Wind a good idea.... well yes and no. If you have $3000 and would like to reduce your grid dependency and produce clean energy, then consider this: A $3k turbine is a decent sized turbine, it will help, it wont be to large (the higher the better) and you will be satisfied, $3k of solar panels is roughly the same situation, you will reduce dependency and will be happy with your investment. Now 5 years later, your mechanical turbine is still spinning away, and your panels are still sitting away, both producing great power outputs and you'd like to invest another $3k, well for the wind, you buy a second turbine and now you have two little machines whizzing away, but the solar guy, just buys more panels, plugs them in and expanding his exisitng setup. 5 years down the road, your mechinical turbine is getting worn out, 10 years of constant spinning pays it toll, gears are wearing, blades are flexible (less efficient) but still an overall producer, the solar panels, still sitting there. My point is turbine units cannot be upgraded and since they are mechincal will wear out faster in time. A cheap solar unit now can be upgraded slowly as time/money permit.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
Its not always more windy than sunny (no sense in arguing geography), but you can always count on the sun. I live in a historically windy place (next to a bomber base from the 20's when we needed the extra lift) and doing "rough" calculations, for my investment, a solar panel is just as good as turbine, and I am willing to argue that I live in one of the windiest places in the country. Now I do own a turbine, I am a fan of them, but generally speaking I would persuade someone to go the panel route for that reason, you can always count on Sun. The best arguement is to have both, Wind for Winter/Night and Solar for Summer/Day..... either way you are winning.
And as far as lubrication, you and I, a little grease, yes good to go, but the average American would find it "easier" to spray his panels with a hose (or let the rain do it) then to take down his 40 foot turbine for routine maintenance. The blades will weaken in time as well. Again, minor points here, just wanted to share some insight I didnt thing about when I got into the hobby.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I have no problem with people protesting, however, I think in this case it is for the wrong thing. We are going to have to accept an increase in industrialization (and wind turbines are a form of that, being machines that produce something) in this country, especially in regards to energy production is we are ever going to get back on our collective feet again. Aesthetically, there is never a good place to put these things, but they always have to end up somewhere and often one place is as good as another as long as the infrastructure is right.
Last edited by tacomancer; 07-06-10 at 08:05 AM.