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Dean    Posted 03-20-2022 at 10:55:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • The Real World
  • Yet another dose of reality that will interfere with the feelings of greenies.

    Dean

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 03-20-2022 at 16:18:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: The Real World
  • Reading the comments is entertaining. . . .


    I used to work at a plant that built wind turbines. I was in the blade-making section, each was 120 feet long. Each blade (a wind turbine uses 3) would fill up a 40 foot dumpster full of chemical-laden materials. There were trucks swapping out dumpsters every day, that were all considered hazmat.

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    When I started in college, I wanted to go into the field of photovoltaics (solar power). However after taking a senior level class in alternative energy, I could not support the field. It was the problem of justifying an energy source that was costing more energy to manufacture then would be recovered over its life. Let alone the chemical waste from production and disposing of old equipment...

    At the same time I was working in a nuclear lab on campus and taking an into class in the field. The nuclear folks always seemed to be the most honest and dedicated to doing the ethical action (they understood the mistakes made in the past). Some of the folks in the solar and wind field seemed to have the perspective of any means was justified for the end goal.

    Now don't get me wrong, if you have a cabin in the woods solar and wind power can be significantly more efficient than running power lines. However to reliably power a city, other sources like nuclear are simply more efficient / better for the environment.

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