Tilting at windmills

Tilting at windmills

Tilting at windmills

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Feb. 26 2008 8:00 AM

Tilting at windmills

I am a little green, I suppose. I turn off lights when I leave the room, try to think of ways of eating up less power, and so on.

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

I like the idea of windmills, though only for small use; having a farm of them doesn't make a lot of sense because the losses are so great when you try to pump the electricity from the farm (generally remotely located) to where it's needed -- I learned about this from a Berkeley researcher, before you accuse me of being a neocon or anything. From what I can tell, wind power is better on an individual basis, like solar cells on a house.

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But living here near the Colorado front range, where we get scary screamingly-fast chinooks, I don't think I want a windmill for my house. And I have video evidence of why.

Yikes. I mean, yikes.

Tip o' the windbreaker to Dan Durda.