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Wind Turbines: “It’s always something” [VIDEO]

UPDATE, 4/30/2012: Along the lines described in this piece: NASA Satellite Measurements Imply Texas Wind Farm Impact On Surface Temperature

UPDATE: 4/9/2012: On Wednesday, April 11th, I’ll be doing a show on Energy Independence on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). You can read about the show and how to hear it here.

Since wind energy will be a topic of discussion, it seemed like a good time to re-post this piece, originally written by me in April of 2010.

– Mike


It seems that wind turbines change how heat dissipates in the areas downwind of them, because they slow the wind as it spins their propellers. Once one begins to think about it, this domino effect makes perfect sense.
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Movie Observation, Life Imitating Art: “Crack in the World” (1965)

I was referred to this article (“Scientists plan to drill all the way down to the Earth’s mantle“) by a tweet from @ebertchicago (Roger Ebert): Drilling five miles down into the earth’s mantle. What could possibly go wrong? http://bit.ly/g9qGVr

Learn more about this movie at the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).


Crack in the World (1965)

Summary: A scientist tries to find a limitless, non-polluting energy source by drilling really, really deep into the earth. This can’t end ‘well’.

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