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Immelt is qoted in Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Hot, Flat, and Crowded:

Wind power - easy?  Read this:



want more - get the book - it is fantastic!  A real "Must Read"

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Sept. 15, 2010
A retired GE Engineer blasted the 'rebirth' of Building 53 in Schenectady to be the showcase of GE's Wind Power business to which I had to reply with the following:

Jack - please continue with your solution....

Since the first oil wells were drilled in China in 347 CE with bits on bamboo poles, we now have resorted to horizontal drilling DEEP wells, fracturing (used in the big ND fields - I was just there), and we sold gas turbines to Canada to use hot water to flush oil from sand formations.  The most superficial review of the 1663 years of oil production shows an exponential rise in the cost of it's extraction.

Coal - lets not even try to discuss "clean coal" technology.

If you fly from Amsterdam to Norway (I did last year), you will now see that the whole coastline is lined with wind turbines.  If you drive the autobahns in Germany, you will see it similarly lined with wind turbines.  If you drive the streets of Europe, you won't see wires on poles.  Germany is going green as it's guaranteed tax credits for 20 years on such projects - we can't agree on any politically sensitive plans for even the 2 year national election sequence!

I spent 6 weeks in North Dakota farming this year - wind farms are finally reaching ND and have been a very successful part of the Minnesota energy grid for years.

I pre-heat my cold well water here at the place in NY with a self made solar heater, use CFL bulbs in all the lights except where I've changed to LED lights, and would love to have wind turbines on the Winsness farm in North Dakota.

But Americans seem to have a strong mental culture of "we know best" and because of the isolation of 2 oceans, Canada and Mexico, I see little hope of an awakening to how we, through the blind inefficient use of carbon technology, are destroying our economy, youth through wars, and our respect across the globe.

The next time we fill our vehicles with fuel that is less than 1/2 the cost of the same fuel in other countries, how about if we give some thought to the living matter that perished to make that fuel.  How long ago did it live?  How long did it take to be converted to oil?  How deep was it buried?  Where will we have to go to find it in 100, 200, or another 1663 years?

Jim
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