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Winds of Fortune Sweep West Texas


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Robert
- 924 days ago - chron.com
BP and other energy companies are funneling millions into building and operating wind farms in West Texas, helping to transform oil country into one of the nation's leading hubs for green energy production.



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Robert Tomlinson (65)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 6:59 am
Texas now generates about 10 gigawatts of wind energy, more than all but five countries in the world, said Peter Kelley, spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association.

This story first appeared in the Houston Chronicle four days ago. While I am very critical in the way our republican lawmakers have run this state......this is one of the things we should take pride in.
Wind Farms are really becoming plentiful in Texas. One thing to note: Look at the deep south states and note the absence of Wind Farms.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 9:19 am
It's something we all gotta do ~ we went solar in 1990 with our first solar heated home and then in 2001 with a solar home that we built on our organic farm.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 9:44 am
My son and I built a solar sunspace that heated our home in 1977 !
 

Terry King (108)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 12:15 pm
With the incredible number of blow hards in Texas, it would be a shame to waste all that energy! ;-)
 

Michela m. (3928)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 12:19 pm
Noted. Thanks!! Ciao!! Michela
 

Tim C. (1889)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 12:29 pm
ty
 

H Nick H. (1826)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 3:53 pm
Terry, my make me laugh.
I think this and other forms of energy need to be expanded.
 

Ra Sc (8)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 11:49 pm
It's great that Texas is working to harness so much wind power. These are the sorts of actions we need.
 

Marc B. (16)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:34 am
I knew that you Americans will find out what a great thing renewable energy is sooner or later.
The good thing for you is, that you have the room to bild those wind farms.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:42 am
Thanks for the information.
 

Tim C. (1889)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:57 am
ty
 

Norm C. (74)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 1:27 am
Good on Texas. But then, you've got so much hot air just in the lege, itself, that Texas ought to be able to provide wind energy to the whole planet.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 2:15 am
Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:01 am
life has value beyond measure
knowledge is not power its empowering
Peace and Love
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 8:08 am
this gives me dreams the wind industry will become more powerful than the oil industry in Texas...
 

Kathryn B. (11)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:25 pm
I look at this with mixed feelings as there seems to be no accurate data on bird mortality or other wildlife/habitat degradation/destruction as a result of these wind farms.
 

Patricia N. (8)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 11:33 pm
According to a recent documentary I saw recently, those huge....and I do mean huge windmills...are not the greatest thing to have near your home. The whooshing sound and vibration drives people crazy and they can make a flickering light as each blade covers the sun. They only belong way far away from people's houses. And, of course, they do harm to birds, bats and other animals. I still believe solar is the answer for the energy problem.
 

ewoud k. (73)
Friday March 9, 2012, 10:02 am
When even BP and friends invest in wind-energy, one can say that this alternative source is becoming something serious. Big Money generally isn't that hot to invest in renewable energy.

Could be the "missing step" that has to be made to replace oil.

Thanks for posting.
 

James Campbell (69)
Friday March 9, 2012, 10:07 am
I am no fan of the coal and oil industries, but am aware that unless we are careful there will be a huge price (environmental and human health) to pay for putting money into certain schemes (and thereby into investors’ pockets). So called ‘wind energy’ is not all it seems, both in terms of it being ‘Green’ and efficiency. We need to make sure that the bandwagon we jump on does not contain that which we shall regret in years to come. I am concerned with human health issues and the impact on health from wind turbines has been noticeably absent from the energy companies literature. Before you rush to reply to this, do your own research into the effects of low frequency sound and strobe effects on human health plus the damage to the environment from installation. Off shore wind farms can damage marine environments if they aren’t constructed, operated, and maintained properly. In Scotland (my home) wind developers have run into problems when trying to site wind ‘farms’ on land containing peat bog. The carbon released and environmental damage caused by destroying peat bog is significantly worse than any benefit wind energy could provide.
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:05 pm
Oh, Terry King...you stole the words right out from under my fingers! Perhaps they could build a mobile one to follow Perry around. Although I do agree with James Campbell that care is needed. I would prefer decentralization of these new technologies, giving power directly to the People with their own solar panels or small windmills, wind "farms" are not necessarily the way to go and these big energy companies are still destructive, tearing up landscapes and and creating problems in environments. Obviously these companies have no interest in giving any power to the People. Thanks, Robert and James.
 

Frank S. (456)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:24 pm
Any kind of power is great, except for nuclear. It is just too dangerous to have those type of power plants with all the terrorism going on in the world.
 

Mori H. (0)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 1:35 pm
Good news! Now if only everyone had solar panels and their own small windmill to run their individual household, we could all be well on our way. The only problem I see in all this is that once again huge corporations are trying to use energy in a way that involves zero change in lifestyle. This is not conscious living. We could hopefully each be responsible and conscious and not use so much energy in the first place. Again I am glad to see wind over oil, if you think the noise of wind is bad, check out some of the Texas towns with major oil pumping going on, not only loud but the smell is terrible.
 

Craig Pittman (45)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 7:47 am
Thanks for this story Robert. Totally bang on Mori! I couldn't agree with you more.
 

Diane Piecara (14)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 8:53 am
Given that global warming is looming large and will continue to create tragedies (droughts, floods, tornados, famine, melting glaciers, and all), We must use the best technologies that are available to us now to help combat global warming. Currently conservation, solar, and wind are the options that seem to do the least harm. Perhaps better technologies will be available in the future.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 9:30 am
noted
 

Douglas K. (133)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 9:53 am
Much better than dependence on nonrenewable and polluting resources like oil. Most buildings can produce their own energy with solar and wind roofs. Now what about developing a steam engine for cars which can travel at today's high speeds, simlar to steam locomotives and steam screw engines for ships. Steam engine experts ought to develop them, consulting automotive experts when needed.
 
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