Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/20/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/20/2011The owner of a wind-power company was surprised when he and his industry came under attack from the Duke of Edinburgh at a reception in London. The Duke told him that viable wind energy was a “fairy tale”. Supporters of wind energy programs are concerned that this unfortunate incident will strengthen the arguments of the critics of their industry.

In other news (although not in this feed), the People’s Party won the Spanish election, as expected. The party is referred to as “conservative” in Spain, although it would seem middle-of-the-road or even slightly leftist by American standards. However, the election, coming as it does in the midst of an acute debt crisis, does signify a turn towards the right in Spain.

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2 comments:

randian said...

Supporters of wind energy programs are concerned that this unfortunate incident will strengthen the arguments of the critics of their industry.

As well they should, said "industry" is a fraud.

Chiu said...

The industry is a fraud, but that doesn't make viable wind energy a "fairy tale". It just reflects the fact that there is a limited supply of easily extractable wind energy and it can't possibly replace more economical sources as a basis for modern economies.

There is plenty of wind power to grind the world's grain and pump water out of wells...just not enough to maintain an information age civilization. I personally very much enjoy using wind power to do a bit of leisurely sailing, but I wouldn't like relying on it to travel the world.

It's also very true that the total amount of energy present in the world's atmospheric currents is quite enormous. But we cannot feasibly extract more than a tiny fraction of it and if we ever did gain the ability to extract more it would be a terrible idea to do so, as the result would be global climate catastrophe.

Chiu Chun-Ling.