interesting conversation on wind.
a few comments;
- sizing depends on site i think, eg. travelling along the Gaspe route i saw a wind farm that was up high on a ridge overlooking the St. Lawrence, and the turbines were rather closer than those seen in rural ontario.
- i think the solar and geothermal options need to be explored equally, not because wind isn't enough, as has been pointed out, but because of the sensibility of placement on buildings close to use, and diversifying to garner energy from different sites/seasons/conditions.
- there's James Bay too.
- a key point was made on the sending of energy to the US. i've seen numbers that stated almost 80% of Ontario's produced electricity was sent south. would need to check this. why don't US states produce their own? we'd also be subjected less to inertial corporate-fossilized statements whining about how alternative energy 'will never be enough'.
- i never said that nuclear workers were 'progressive' in being for alternative energy. this is a problem which i'm trying to address by suggesting that nuclear workers could be onside in working for truly clean power, and in fact nuclear workers are a huge obstacle at present to collective efforts to clean up our act. I was at an event in Port Hope, site of irradiated civilians for decades, and mentioned that international union leaders had supported fair transition to clean energy, and was questioned on this afterward by a local union leader, nicely, mind you. i understand the dilemma. it's going to take a lot of listening and talking i think by all parties- nuclear workers and non-nuclear workers and otherwise-concerned-residents. i think and hope there's a way to ensure continued full employment, even expanded employment in production of truly clean power. we just have to make sure unions aren't busted by the likes of Harper/provincials/bankers as old corporations restructure in the current economic charade. unions need to stay, workers with good arrangements, and shifted to clean green. not impossible but not an easy effort with the banker boys using lines and tactics to tear everyone apart in the effort.
- we cannot talk about nuclear power without talking about mining and waste. nor DU ammunition. these issues are all connected, and have groups which are allies working on many fronts associated with them.
- in Ontario as in BC we have had groups commenting on the Independent Power Producer program as well at hearings. coalitions in Ontario and BC have been working on this. link for Ontario is... [coffee, i need coffee, my mind is in another space in this season...] um, Paul Kahnert. Ont. Electricity Coalition.
The bankers behind General Electric and other management/ infrastructure players, as remind has said elsewhere, are behind the IPP programs as it is their next foot in the door to privatize and profit from energy at our, and the environment's, expense. Just as the increase in hydro billing has been- to increase it to the point where private corps who want to take over can make their hefty percentages for their own pockets. Again we are faced with the reality of IPPs set up in a context of public-private-partnership funding formulae and NAFTA/interprovincial/new bilateral investment deals. Electricity needs to stay and be reclaimed as public. Ortherwise we'll have no input in the decision-making about sourcing, pricing, or anything else.