Which Way the Wind Blows

From http://johnrsweet.com/Personal/Wind/

There’s good news on the wind energy front: alternatives to tall turbines for domestic needs may be at hand, thanks to the invention of a young man who recently won the Popular Science Breakthrough Award for his WINDBELT. Take a look.

Meanwhile, turbine-spiked ridgetops is still an active issue in Highlands County of Virginia. This site is a great resource if your interested in this topic, that’s where I snagged the image. (BTW, my column in the FLoyd Press next Thursday will be about wind energy, and I’ll post it thereafter.)

And talking about the weather, one of Inhofe’s panel of experts is a TV weatherman who says we can rest easy about global warming because God loves us. (Not to Christian-bash as I are one, but this guy gives us a bad name.) From Effect Measure


About fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

3 comments:

  1. The “man can’t harm the earth because God would not allow it” argument isn’t even particularly new. It’s been Rush Limbaugh’s standard defense since he started his shtick on radio 15+ years ago.

    Let’s not think too much about how I know that 🙂

  2. very nice! we have a mountain here that is wind viable and has these turbines…. and i would rather see windmills than have the mountain gone because of mountaintop removal mining. we have said throughout that eventually they’ll find something even more efficient and less bulky than the wind turbines…. and you can remove them then. but you can’t grow the mountain back! 🙂 this is encouraging technology…..

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