Response To Wind Farms
Here is a good idea for someone to follow up on. While everyone is talking “Go Green” I would like to know what the cost of green is. What is the carbon footprint of one windmill?
You would have to look at things like: mining the ore for the metal (or as some greenies say “raping the earth and reaping the profits”). Transporting and smelting the ore. Transporting and manufacturing the pile, props, motors, electrical circuits, all made in different places (a lot overseas, add shipping to America) laying the infrastructure of cable to get the power to the grid.
I have seen the propellers of these huge windmills and you can only put one on a 50-foot trailer. Never mind the police escort and wide load escorts for just one pile. Now we have everything at the dock. There is a ten man crew (all drove separate vehicles to the dock, this is no problem because all of the jobs listed above had people driving also) unloading the windmills and placing them on the barge, one windmill per barge. Each barge has a tug.
Oh I forgot. We have to build the base also. Here are more barges, boats, tugs, people, cars, etc. Let’s see someone add all of this up and see if it is really worth it. I expect some will take offense at this and start a rant about how we are ruining the earth, but, before they do please do the math. I think George Carlin (who admitted to being conceived at Charlie’s Bath House on Beach 116 Street) said it best. “Who do we think we are thinking that we can influence the planet? One day the earth will shrug its shoulders “ and shake us all to oblivion and in a few million years some other people will come along and find a piece of plastic or two and say ‘there may have been a civilization here before us.’ ”