Published: Sunday, Oct. 14 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT
Do it. Do it now. We need to stop pretending fossil fuels are going to last
As a resident of the area, I have no problem as long as I can't see them.
There's the rub
You're not allowed to gripe about energy prices or claim to embrace the
'drill, baby' philosophy unless you also agree that energy exploration
may occur within sight of your house. It's the apex of hypocrisy to expect
as much cheap energy as we need or want as long as it's extraction affects
someone else but not us. I don't care if you can see wind turbines from
your home, or me from mine. I don't care if we have a power line, road,
pipeline, rail line, sour gas well or strip mine within sight of my house. I
don't care because all these things belong in someone elses' back
yard. I'm someone else. We all are.
Take a trip to Oregon. Take a trip to Calif. Drive around. Listen to the people
who live near the wind farms. Listen to them as they explain the amount of
electricity the wind farms generate. Observe and learn.Then do some
thinking about it.
So they might be near the Monticello Temple. Who cares? There are skyscrapers
rising right next to the Salt Lake Temple in a much more imposing and disruptive
way, and I don't think anyone claims that the Monticello Temple is more
architecturally significant, and therefore worthy of an unimpeded horizon, than
the Salt Lake Temple.Other temples surrounded by much taller and
more dominant structures: Manhattan, Recife Brazil, Guatemala City, Madrid
Spain, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Copenhagen Denmark, Frankfurt Germany, and
many, many more.
But aren't these the same people who love oil wells?What's
the difference between looking lovingly at an oil well and a windmill?Hypocrisy?
Wind and solar cannot solve our energy needs, because they simply don't
generate enough electricity to make a real dent. Nuclear power is what will
really replace coal and oil. It is clean, and it won't have any of the
problems like this wind farm. There are new Nuclear Power technologies that are
solving all the issues of many current nuclear reactor designs.So rather
than screaming "radiation!" educate yourself and join the cause! :-)The liquid fluoride thorium reactor is one of the many designs to which
I am referring. (Look it up on google. It wouldn't post with the URL in
there for some reason).
Just imagine you get married and you take your pictures outside the temple. You
can have those nice windmills poking into your pictures forever. Pretty classy
if you ask me.
Just forget this idea of wind power. They don't generate enough electricity
to justify the energy required to manufacture and maintain them. Don't
build them because they are a worse use of natural resources than burning fossil
Take a tour of the wind farm near Milford where there are hundreds. They are
impressive, but hardly an eyesore. Do it. I haven't been to Monticello yet.
A wind farm would give me one more reason to go, not to stay away. They are not noisy, but hardly silent. More wind energy is good. I
would like more base energy from geothermal power.
While this all seems so nice and non-threatening the secret has nothing to do
with generating energy but making money. The turbines are built with the company
paying half, the Feds paying half through tax benefits, energy substitutes. The
company writes off the towers over 5 years, then sell them to anther company to
again wrote them off over 5 years. Because of the administrations energy
policies pushing wind, it's very profitable even without generating 1 watt.
Residents in the area of these 500 ft towers notice a constant hum, a ground
vibration when the towers are moving. Drivers in areas with towers become
disorientated as a result of the shadows moving accross the roads, residents in
affected homes have to deal with shadows on walls, floors, carpets, drapes, that
cause vertigo. Residents in rural New York state thought bringing in wind would
be a great way to replace the lost dairy industry, they now wish they
hadn't taken the $5000 to have their land used, the cities the $1000/yr tax
benefit. Do some research, it's not the great deal you might think, not to
mention fires, thrown blades that can be deadly.
How much impact would the wind farm have on the local economy? Perhaps
Monticello could become a leader in green energy production and use. This state
sure needs some leaders right now.
Funny how many people are influenced by the oil industry propaganda. Electric
power lines are ugly and no one complains about them. Inversion pollution is
ugly and harms your health. How sad and silly to hold tightly to outmoded,
outgoing technology when there is a better way.
Wind is clean and it is renewable. If we mine coal, in several years the coal
mine is depleted, not so with wind. We need to start transitioning to renewable
forms of energy.I use electricity, I appreciate electricity,
therefore I ought not oppose the means of production of electricity, especially
wind which is among the most benign forms of electricity production. I believe
that those who oppose wind power and are not close enough to hear the turbines
sound, are either short sighted or selfish or both.Similarly with
cell phones, I really appreciate mine, therefore it doesn't make much sense
that I would oppose cell phone towers.
@SundanceKid27"Just imagine you get married and you take your
pictures outside the temple. You can have those nice windmills poking into your
pictures forever. Pretty classy if you ask me."Well, I got
married in the Salt Lake Temple and I've got the Wells Fargo building
poking into my pictures forever. It may not be "classy" but it
didn't ruin my day then and it's not ruining my memories now.Every wedding picture is going to have something in the background, and unless
you got married in the middle of the jungle or on a deserted island,
there's going to be something in the background and it's probably
man-made...so I'm not sure what your point is.
Can you string Christmas lights on them? Just wondering?
@SundanceKid27: ever hear of Photoshop? now that real film is no longer used
and it's all done digital, taking out those windmills would be childsplay,
and I do mean that litterally!
re SundanceKid27OREM, UT-----There are several
commercially available photo editing programs available. If you don't like
those windmills in your wedding pics, it is possible to take them out of the
picture.On the other hand, I have always enjoyed seeing pictures of
Holland and its windmills. If I visited Holland I would make it a point to go
see them. I actually did make it a point to go see the wind mills in Spanish
Fork (Utah). We rented a motel room and went and saw the wind mills, it was a
rather nice mini vacation.America has different a different type of
windmill, but those are quite interesting to see too.
Lightening Lad (Austin , TX) lists about 20 mostly irrational objections to wind
turbines, mostly laughable.We all know the real reason there are no
wind or solar farms in Texas - Big Oil owns the state and its politicians.Look, the technology has been around for 30 years, but it has not been
economically viable to pursue these alternative energy goals. Now that there
are companies willing to do them, we should encourage it. But not with federal
subsidies. If the market is ready for it, let the companies who stand to make
windmill - er - windfall profits foot the bill.
I wish I could get one in my back yard, as long as I can get away from paying
the local energy provider for my power usage for the rest of my life.
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