Denmark gets a full quarter of their electricity from wind turbines. While Virginia can never hope to reach that number (due to the fact that we don't have enough sustained high-wind resources like the Skaggerak offers) wind power is a viable _supplement_ to our power grid. I can't speak for Highland County, but my this sounds like NIMBY if I have ever heard it. We are an industrial society, there's no escaping that. If you visited Highland County to protest the wind turbines you almost certainly drove there. If you are reading this message you are getting your power from somewhere. Perhaps a coal fired plant, perhaps nuclear. When you go to work tomorrow you will consume energy on the way there, while there, and on the way home. And then you'll consume some more. The point is it matters not how green you are in your politics, the simple truth of the matter is we first-world humans consume a lot of energy and our energy requirements are both real and growing. I agree completely with Irene that the population is entirely too large, but unless one wishes to both shut the borders and enforce a reduced population (not very American ideals) the energy needs for the state of Virginia will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. That's a reality that WILL be dealt with in one way or another. The question becomes then, how to provide this energy? And I'm here to say if you want a quick and flip answer, forget it. There are no easy solutions. Nuclear? The obvious Chernobyl factor - even more NIMBY Coal? Cleaner than before, hardly clean Hydro? Clean but already mostly tapped, and many greens aren't terribly fond of it either Oil? We import 51% of our oil already, and the supplies are finite Ethanol - Bio-diesel? Hard to produce in sufficient quantities, and produces it's own pollution via agricultural pollution. Solar? Years away, and expensive to develop and deploy. Wind? Limited resources, some consider an eyesore (but power lines are just fine for some reason) Bottom line, hard choices have to be made. It's very easy to grouse about what's wrong and pawn our energy needs off on somebody else, it's a whole lot harder to offer a VIABLE solution. Thanks for the info Jim. Some of us on this list are with you. Chris Terrell Chesterfield County -----Original Message----- From: va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Heron329@xxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 1:42 PM To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [va-richmond-general] Re: Highland County You would have to cover the entire state in wind turbines to replace the coal fired plants. and that still wouldn't do it. It is an absolutely ridiculous notion that wind turbines could produce enough electricity to replace even one coal fired plant. And the idea that only 4 birds would be killed per turbine, how does anyone know that? When I was in Highland County earlier this spring, there were thousands of migrating birds flying high enough to run into the blades of the turbines. There were over 4000 bats killed at one turbine site last summer. Margaret O'Bryan You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general. You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.