April 27, 2006

THE WIND BAG VS WIND POWER:

Kennedy faces fight on Cape Wind: Key lawmakers oppose his bid to block project (Rick Klein, April 27, 2006, Boston Globe)

As record oil prices turn attention to the need for renewable fuels, momentum is building in Congress to buck Senator Edward M. Kennedy's bid to block the proposed Cape Cod wind energy project, potentially reviving efforts to construct the sprawling windmill farm in Nantucket Sound.

The chairman and the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee said yesterday that when the bill Kennedy backs that would effectively halt the wind farm comes up for a vote in the Senate, they will object on procedural grounds. They say they'll argue that a renewable energy project shouldn't be lumped in with a bill governing the Coast Guard.

Meanwhile, a group of rank-and-file House members, worried about the political ramifications of rejecting alternative energy sources while motorists pay $3 a gallon at the gas station, have persuaded House leaders to sidetrack the entire bill for at least several weeks, even though it was slated for action this week. The delay could give supporters of the wind farm time to make their case to members of Congress.

''Are we going to be for developing alternative energy or not?" said Representative Charles Bass, a New Hampshire Republican who helped persuade House leaders to table the bill until at least mid-May. ''The longer you delay it, the longer there is for people to examine the issue, and to determine what's going on here."


If you just put a propeller in front of him when he talks the Senator could power at least a third of Washington DC.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2006 9:51 PM
Comments

Wind farm anywhere on earth is a horrible idea. Those turbines are unsightly, they are worse than oil rigs. You can dismantle oil rigs when the oil well is dried up, but you are unlikely to take down a wind farm. Then you have miles and miles of cables to deliver the electricity. Solar energy, however, is a terrific idea. You can capture solar energy on your roof top, on your windows and walls. However, I enjoy seeing Kennedy squirm. Btw, in a couple of years, when the farm is operational, those environmental wackos will protest against the bird-killing turbines. (They are already doing that in California.)

Posted by: ic at April 27, 2006 10:30 PM

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahauntil_my_fingers_get_tired.

Posted by: joe shropshire at April 28, 2006 1:12 AM

Yes - but if one simply burned the same amount of alcohol as teddy boy consumes in a small gas turbine, you'd get at least as much energy.

Posted by: bbb at April 28, 2006 2:41 AM

ic;

Wind farms don't interface with the electrical grid well, either, because the output is so variable (the grid hates that).

Solar power satellites, dude. Their time has come.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 28, 2006 3:03 PM

Wake me when we start building nuclear reactors. Everything else is unserious.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 28, 2006 5:19 PM
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