Save the world, just not in my backyard
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By jank - Last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2003 - Save & Share - 3 Comments

Apparently the wind power project in Nantucket Sound that we “covered”:http://www.rollerfeet.com/backporchbeer/archives/000310.asp a while ago is going to “go forward”:http://wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=774978

The ruling to proceed followed well-established law which restricts state jurisdiction for marine construction to the zone within 3 nautical miles (about 3.5 real miles) of the mean low water mark. Opponents of the clean power project included Walter Cronkite and Senator Ted ‘Diamond Joe’ Kennedy, as well as the ex-head of Phelps-Dodge, a strip mining company that operates in the western United States.

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3 Responses to “Save the world, just not in my backyard”

Comment from etrigan
Time August 21, 2003 at 4:23 pm

Maybe we should start a thread WDYLIN? Maybe the richies are right and property values will drop enough that I can get a house in sight of something as beautiful as wind farm.

Comment from KellyMc
Time August 21, 2003 at 5:18 pm

In proper whitebread Nantucketer style, shouldn’t that be WDYLON?

Comment from Jank
Time August 21, 2003 at 11:13 pm

Ah, screw that New Englander noise. As pleasant as the NorthEast is from a nature lover point-of-view (And it is, especially after three decades recovering from 2 centuries of environmental abuse), there’s no way that anyone who’s spent a lifetime working west of the Mississippi and east of the Rockies is ever going to be able to afford a place on Nantucket. Even with a bevy of windmills at the horizon, it’s still a gorgeous beach less than 5 hours of driving/riding the ferry or 90 minutes flying from the two most important cities in the United States (though I’m willing to listen to arguments placing LA over Boston. Listen, not necessarily accept). If you’re looking for a current real estate bargain, look at Block Island, RI. Not quite so built up as Nantucket, closer to NYC, and sitting on water too deep to site windmills.

Here’s a couple of ideas I’ve been kicking around as potential compromises for Sen. Kennedy (so he can molest interns without interference from windmills over the horizon):

1. How about setting the blades horizontally? This could potentially cut the height of the towers, which would make it possible to site them closer to shore without sticking over the horizon. It’d also minimize the strobing effect of vertical blades. The tradeoff would be a larger footprint for each tower (Circular instead of rectangular to provide clearance for the blades) and a reduction in efficiency due to the need for the blades to go into the wind.

2. Are the towers going to include the ability to generate electricity based on tidal flow? This could be as easy as including a rotor on each caisson. The footprint for tidal power generation would not be nearly so large as the footprint for wind generation, since water is much denser than air. Potential problems occur due to the increased marine fouling, and to potential effect of flushing tidal currents.

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