Hot air and OBP's
"Evan Beaver" <>
Wed, 6 Sep 2006 17:00:51 +1100
Sorry Greg but I need to correct you on a few points:
There is little evidence that windfarms are killing "thousands (?millions)"
of birds; there are a few cases where a number of high profile species have
been given a hiding. There are techniques to mitigate these deaths, like
siting and deterrents. All developments, wind or otherwise kill birds.
The turbines don't actually make that much noise. This is a myth generated
by the anti-wind/pro-nuke lobby group. Noise is inefficiency and the new
model turbines are almost completely silent.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Greg Clancy Wrote:
It is important to not let the debate over the OBP and the wind farm
decision blind us to the fact that wind farms appear to be killing thousands
(?millions) of birds and bats throughout the world as well as creating
eyesores in prominent scenic sites and causing stress to nearby residents
with their noise. Global warming is a greater threat and if wind farms were
the only answer then we should have them but I don't believe that they are
the best answer. Solar power is the only long term answer, along with a
reduction in demand by lifestyle changes. Solar could be replacing the coal
fired power stations but instead money that could bring the solar technology
into play is spent on researching carbon sequestration i.e. burying CO2
underground - out of sight out of mind!!
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