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One Answer to Carbon Woes: Blowin’ in the Wind May 20, 2008

Posted by Sarah Todd in Environment, General.

An article in Salon points out,

“For under 2 cents a day per household, Americans could get 300 gigawatts of wind by 2030. That would:

  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by 25 percent in 2030.
  • Reduce natural gas use by 11 percent.
  • Reduce cumulative water consumption associated with electricity generation by 4 trillion gallons by 2030.
  • Support roughly 500,000 jobs in the U.S.”

All we need is an administration that will let it happen.


1. Michael Lucas Monterey - May 26, 2011

As a veteran ecotect & inventor, from 1975 to now, while I applaud the intent, 300 GW of wind power “as is” would be wasted on transmission losses. there are also too many unpredictable possibilities to predict the average cost per day per citizen. The current approach to wind power is atrocious for several reasons. First, the current generator and propellor blade designs are inferior, inefficient, and cost far too much to manufacture, maintain and require repair and replacement too often. Secondly, concentrating power generation far from the users is fiscally beneficial only to the builders and owners of such monstrous wastes of energy, material & land. Third, we need distributed power generation where we use it, not covering fragile, pristine ecosystems far away from ignorant city dwellers. The fourth major defect is the huge costs and destructive impacts of massive high power transmission lines and their vulnerability to easy sabotage, by terrorists or whoever. If you figure in all the real costs and negative factors associated with the current wind power or big solar power-plant industries, then they can be clearly seen as inferior to solar PV panels on parking lots & roofs, where the energy is needed & used. Germany’s “Solar City” development proves that solar PV panels are the best alternative, that can now payoff in less than 5 years, almost anywhere. The same can be said for citywide retrofit programs, which is why major solar panel makers and ESCOs (energy service companies) will finance panels, installation & the prerequisite energy efficiency upgrades to existing buildings. Once the panels & work & profit are paid off, the panels produce profit + power for the local users.

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