Wednesday, May 31, 2006
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When Congress monopolizes the use of hot air....
Michael Hawthorne has a front-pager in the Chicago Tribune about how Congress is serious about ending America's addition to oil.... unless vacation homes are threatened:
The federal government has stopped work on more than a dozen wind farms planned across the Midwest, saying research is needed on whether the giant turbines could interfere with military radar.posted by Dan on 05.31.06 at 09:44 AM
What a bunch of idiots. Wind power isn't a panacea and it doesn't replace fossil fuels entirely, but it helps enormously in cutting down the need for coal and oil to generate the same amount of electricity, while facilitating public transportation. While countries like Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan and China are now running whole sectors of their economy on wind power, we're still stuck in 1st gear here in the US.
The irony here is that countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia are the biggest beneficiaries of our stupidity. The longer we wait to transition over to renewable fuels-- at least in part-- the more we enrich the Russians and Saudi Arabians at our own expense. In fact, the United States in many ways has become little more than a wealth-transfer machine to enrich the elite in Saudi Arabia and Russia. I wonder how many of these idiots wringing their hands at Al Gore's new movie and blocking efforts to develop renewables, realize that they're basically helping to fund anti-American elements the world over? Both liberals and conservatives in excess do incredibly stupid things on a consistent basis.posted by: Redthumb on 05.31.06 at 09:44 AM [permalink]
What does the FAA have to do with "military radar?" The FAA runs air traffic control radar, but I'm pretty sure that air defense radar is run by DoD.
In any event, unless the wind turbines are a mile high or so, it seems they would be well clear of radar lines-of-sign at realistic altitudes.posted by: david foster on 05.31.06 at 09:44 AM [permalink]
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