16 Jul 2009
An Alarming Side Effect of Wind Energy That We Have All Overlooked
Have spent the day writing a ‘Transition Take on the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan’, which I will post soon. One of the things it commits the Government to is a five-fold expansion of wind power over the next 10 years. We have reported on many of the more colourful reasons people give for an expansion of wind generation being a bad idea, from the danger to them from flying cows and UFOs to the danger from terrorist attack. A piece over at New York Times online, reporting on the UK government’s plan, produced a comment so astonishingly stupid that it ranks now even above those previously mentioned.
The comment went thus;
I am very concerned that these wind farms will affect the natural wind patterns thereby affecting weather patterns. A consensus of my friends who are scientists believe that a wind farm of this scale will shift the earth off its rotational axis and send it hurtling toward the sun in a matter of decades. Who stupid are these Brits? Don’t they realize that human actions on such a scale have worldwide consequences? Such an attempt to destroy the planet should be considered an act against humanity and declaration of war. Where is the condemnation from the UN?
Even more wonderful was the response someone else posted;
“A consensus of my friends who are scientists believe that a wind farm of this scale will shift the earth off its rotational axis and send it hurtling toward the sun in a matter of decades”
I think if you check carefully you’ll find that either
a) your friends are not actually scientists
b) they are pulling your leg
Learn some physics. Maybe some maths. Hell, just learn something based on facts.