Big Muddy rancher wrote:I concur on Soapweed's view of wind energy but as one who live between two coal powered generating station I don't really like seeing what they have done to the land that has been mined. I will concede that they are doing a better job of reclaim then they had done in the past.
Since here in Sask, the power corp is a "Crown" I didn't care for they way they dealt with landowners and how the rules didn't really apply to them.
Nobody likes change. Im sure someone back in the day thought windmills (Dempster/Aeromotor) were ugly too. Once a person gets use to windmill, pivot, elevator, power line, cell tower, etc they aren't so ugly. Have you seen pictures of huge solar panels out in the deserts? Those aren't very picturesque either IMHO. How many birds get hit by planes? Im no expert on solar, but I don't know of those huge solar panels as reliable as your electric fencer/water pump. I would like to know how much subsidy all the nuclear/hydro plants got? Now NPPD (Omaha public power) is shutting down the smallest nuclear power plant in the United States because it's "inefficient". I have yet to figure that one out.
Nuclear is the cheapest & cleanest there is. It is also safe. Im guessing you don't want one of them in Cherry County either? Nobody else does either, thats the problem. Im guessing you did like your air conditioning this week? I doubt you had air conditioning when you had the 32 volt barn chargers? Thats the problem with all of this, weather its the Keystone pipeline, the NPPD R-Project, or wind farms....we all want bacon with our eggs, just have the hog barn not in my back yard. The need for power keeps growing, and some how it has to be met.
American coal energy is very clean, cheap, and efficient. We have oodles of it. It is eventually going to run out. Yes, it does cause some poluation. So does construction of nuclear/wind/hydro/solar facility. Eventually we will run out of coal, someday. We need to do something sooner than later. I agree there are a lot of negatives towards wind towers. We have to do something. Wind towers are easier to get the vast majority of the public to accept. Yep all the power generated in Cherry, Holt, Antolope, Boone, Custer, Brown, Knox counties....etc go eslewhere. We have to sacrifice for someone else....I understand that point. Yet if there isn't enough power to go around, who do you think will have priority, the rural or the city? I have a guess & I sure like my air conditioning. I guess if my cows could graze underneath of one, I get paid a lease, and generate some property taxes....it isn't all bad. Yes, there are some long term issues like what happens when it isn't in use & the blades are about ready to fall off. I highly doubt they are constructed that poorly, but just using that as an example......those type of issues need to be addressed when you negotiate. If you don't get enough, then don't participate. Of course if your wanting to buy land, then thats an issue. Then again, how many places have an old dump or cistern on the property. I know that isn't as huge of an issue as a gigantic wind tower, but its still an issue with the DEQ! Not sure which is a lessor evil there?
I read an article a long time ago about the negatives on solar. The author was slightly biased towards solar, you a person has to keep that in the back of your mind. I can't remember any specifics right now, but it did have some draw backs. I think one was land. With a tower, you can farm/graze around them. Solar panels, those acres are gone. Another one was reflecting vast amounts of heat back into the atmosphere. Nothing is perfect. Otherwise Id think solar would be pushed harder for the exact reasons you have mentioned wind is a poor choice. They do create some property taxes. Ive head the arguement about less valuation of your land. To some people the chance to buy piece of land with lease from a wind farm would make them want to pay more. If your land does loose value, well your taxes are less! Yes, thats sarcasim. I understand the assets side.
I turely do understand your points Steve. They are good and valid points. Guess all Ive heard in the last 10 years are arguements against any from of progress. Nobody want to have to sacrifice (ya we need it, just not in my back yard), yet something has to be done sometime.