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Until we stop having babies or unplug our water heaters, we are going to need more electricity. Most of us want at least a portion of it to be renewable. Wind is currently the most easily and economically installed. Many condem the subsidies but if you were to consider how much the hydro electric system on the Columbia cost, and who paid for it, and how much it has contributed to the well being of the PNW, you might consider how these wind turbines will look in 10 or 15 years, when they are paid for and just pumping out electriciy with no fuel cost and no carbon footprint.
If everyone decided they didn't want to look at turbines, would they prefer a nuclear plant, or coal, or natural gas, or a new hydro facility. Do they not want to look at or have these options for their neighbors as well? What if there isn't a place to put them that has no people to offend?
It will all come down to drawing lines on a map and depriving some land owners and wind developers of their right to build thus keeping some of the projects away from the most politically powerfull groups of preservationist.
I believe the turbines on the east end of the gorge give all who pass by on I84, the distinct impression the we in the PNW support clean energy. Dams and wind turbines.
posted 2 years, 11 months ago
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