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The "beauty" of wind turbines (as will be recognised by future generations)

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Posted by Gregkaye on November 8, 2009, 4:01 pm
 
We love windmills and there's no denying it - they definitely have a
certain appeal. They creaked noisily around in their charmingly
inefficient way and did an amazing thing.  They harnessed the power of
the wind to facilitate activities like the baking of bread.

Modern wind turbines are beautiful things. Within their graceful
structures they prove to be masterworks of form and function.  They
whirl with a phenomenal level of efficiency so as to prevent us from
frying the planet. And the great news is that the wind cannot be over
farmed.  What's not to like?

At the end of the day we can note that all of our most notable sources
of energy are generated via the heavens and the earth. The nuclear
fusion of small atom allows energy to shine down on our planet, the
nuclear fission of large atoms continues to allow heat to rise up from
below while gravitational attraction between the moon and the Earth
allows both objects to continue to spin around in their merry way.
There's just one problem. Nuclear fuels are a finite resource and this
begs the question as to what will happen when this fuel is gone. How
might future generations regard our generation once we've completed
not only the glazing of the atmosphere but also the stripping of the
most valuable resources that our planet has to offer.

The word atmosphere means sphere of water.  Perhaps the description is
apt.  A heated atmosphere may, depending on the weather, hold more
water than a cold atmosphere.  A heated earth could, onoccasion, turn
into a form of steam room while, on later occasions, it would become a
shower.  Floods may be devastating .  Winds may be high.  Future
generations may want to build wind turbines but they may have
difficulties in ensuring their survival.

It is possible that future generations will look back at our "modern"
wind turbines and view them amongst the most beautiful things that man
has ever produced. We look back on old styled windmills with nostalgia
as we give respect to the great efforts that our ancestors made just
to feed themselves. Future generations will look at our wind turbines
with nostalgia knowing that the turbines were built to help secure
their future.

Wind turbines need to be built but, more than that, they need to be
successfully integrated into the power networks of our planet.  The
problem with wind turbines is that they only work when the wind blows.
So what can we do?  The best option would be to institute a tiered
pricing structure for electricity and pass any necessary legislation
so that our very high powered industries might only operate at times
when green energy is available.  If we had cheaperelectricity on windy
days then these would be the days on which people would stay in to do
the washing and to use their power tools.  We could also have an
industry that was based on a greener form of revolution.

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