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Another solar plant eating dust

by TONI H / November 7, 2014 5:51 AM PST
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The purse strings are closed.
by JP Bill / November 7, 2014 6:52 AM PST

Remember when the Dems used the war as a reason for deficit, and you poo-pooed them....well the shoe is on the other foot.

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(NT) What are you talking about?
by TONI H / November 7, 2014 6:55 PM PST
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He put on two left shoes
by James Denison / November 8, 2014 12:38 AM PST

I wonder if his socks match? Wink

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"we" don't wear socks
by JP Bill / November 8, 2014 1:00 AM PST
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(NT) I guess I "socked it to" James...no response
by JP Bill / November 8, 2014 4:14 AM PST
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the place for solar factories
by James Denison / November 7, 2014 2:11 PM PST

Is to be on the moon. Of course there are places on earth where sunlight is strong and the skies are clear much of the year, but the most efficient use of solar panels are either in space or on the moon. The most valuable cargo in future settlements on the moon will be solar panels, until the Lunatics can began to produce their own.

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This might be one of the plants
by Steven Haninger / November 7, 2014 6:33 PM PST

where they're finding dead birds all around it. They fly into the intense beams, burn off their flight feathers and die of starvation on the ground. Windmills also kill large numbers of birds...especially those in migratory paths. For one thing to get clean, something else must get dirty. We need to decide what dirt is tolerable.

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by James Denison / November 8, 2014 12:51 AM PST

the way they build those windmills don't even make a lot of sense. Too wide, and too few blades. I realize they may need to be that high to reach the upper winds which move even while near the ground there's less wind, such as when you see the tops of trees moving in wind you don't feel that much at ground level. I think they could have a stablizing ring around the rim, something like chicken wire across the front but in a rounded shape to shunt off birds, even then they might be injured. Flashing lights around a rim might warn off birds, or even embedded in front edge of current blades. What sort of bird is going to fly at something that looks like that in the sky?! On the tood side though, it usually kills them quickly, and you can always grab some and bring them home for the cats to eat.

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If you've seen those windmills, they seem to turn
by Steven Haninger / November 8, 2014 1:43 AM PST
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too slowly to be a threat but the blade speed is deceiving. At their optimum wind speed, the blade speeds reach over 100 mph. The blades can also be feathered if it's too windy and will be stopped if there is danger of disintegrating speed. I've traveled past some large wind farms in Indiana and Illinois and the sea of windmills can be an eerie sight that even causes drivers to become distracted wobble all over the road. Large birds of prey can see the pylons as potential perches from which to overlook the farm fields for food. When they fly, they stay fairly focused on where they are going and don't always pay attention to their periphery. If you've seen their behavior, they move their heads about to judge distance. They're not looking out for the blades because they've never encountered them until recently. Of course, one encounter ends their contribution to the gene pool that could pass on learned behavior. I'm not campaigning against wind farms...just noting that there's always a need to be aware of a potential downside when we try something new. If the kill rate is justified and doesn't reverberate negatively throughout the ecosystem, so be it. We'll know eventually.

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