Turbines In The Sky #WordlessWednesday #photography

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Turbines In The Sky

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      1. They are quite able to work, it’s just that it’s not financially rewarding for them to work – no market/need..the same thing CA ran into + excess. It’s a great idea, if used otherwise blight. (The ones making money are the ones building the units…most come from China now instead of the US original. The biggest complaints/concerns are 1. those that live near these massive wind farms know the strange low hum they produce in mass and the slight ground vibration, 2. far too many are in the migratory paths of birds prompting the Audubon Society to raise warnings (some companies have tried to stop down during critical times which helps. Helps the birds not the bats which are critical to agriculture, 3. the turbine spin speed – birds of prey – endangered ones, are getting hacked at huge numbers as they get so focused on their prey they do not see the spinning arms 4. long term planning – the must be a enforceable/legal provision to take down the old ones as they are taken out of service when better/more efficient/ safer for wild life ones are made (and the new generation ones are improving in all aspects).
        I am not against wind energy at all – just companies throwing up these things without careful planning, research, and long term consideration. Those who do not live near massive wind farms may not have the complete picture.
        All life is interconnect – destroy the balance and, well, we might not need any energy at all. Reducing the use of electricity, turning off lights on a large scale- that’s an option for the puzzle, too.

        1. I’m pleased to say that in the UK, planning permission must first be granted before these wind turbines can be erected. Most of them are out at sea, and the ones (I’ve seen) on land, are well away from any communities. Knowing the Welsh government (where I live) they’re very hot on protecting wildlife, flowers, trees, plants, the environment, etc., so I can only assume that to get planning permission you have to satisfy them that everything has been taken into account. They recently turned down planning permission to extend a motorway because it would have run through a greenbelt that contained endangered plants and wildlife. I’m confident that they’re doing an excellent job is protecting the environment and wildlife.

        2. That’s good the hear. Keep an eye on the regulatory commissions. We have regulations here, too – unfortunately being such a large country, the wishes of one end sometimes take precedence over wishes of the local communities – and of course, those at a distance do not see or live with the hundreds and hundreds of these spinners – and the power is sent far away so local communities really see little benefit…now if they gave those who had turbines in their own backyard a break on energy costs as they put up with the blight and downsides….
          Not may years ago Newport Beach and some expensive areas along the Eastern seaboard got up in arms when a power company tried to put turbines off shore there – they howled like crazy (CA does the same -” not in our backyard.”)Yeah they wanted to plop them down along the Gulf Coast – those people already have drilling rigs. Lots of structures to dodge already. The ones planned could clearly be seen while standing on the Galveston beaches. Luckily there were grumbles about “send them back to the East Coast where they say the want more power available (we already have the offshore rigs and massive – massive windmill farms) and more importantly the shipping industry said tanker traffic could be impacted- along with major ports.
          An example of how smaller countries with population of similar views about protecting the environment can make wiser decisions.

  1. Those wind turbine were placed well if you judge by the storm clouds gathering at the crest of the mountains, Hugh. Must be a windy spot. I’ve noticed many more wind turbines in the last decade being installed in windy mountain passes. Gorgeous shot!

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