Environmentalists and the Wind Power Debate in Maine
For the first time since the oil shortages in the 1970s, efforts to convert to renewable Vladislav Davidzon have accelerated. In the case of wind power in Maine,
this has caused an unusual disagreement.
Environmentalists and the Wind Power Debate In Maine You understand fuel prices are going through the roof, in case you have filled up at the gas station recently. There's simply so much wonderful crude on the planet, and it's under pressure. Most people do not recognize that there are various kinds of petroleum. The kind that is most appropriate for transportation and utility generation is very small. Throw in the effect of pollution, issues of global warming, and you have a sudden drive to seek alternatives.
Wind generation is a fantastic renewable energy source. No pollution is produced by the conversion of wind energy to electricity, another positive in our environmentally distressed world. For environmentalist, however, there is a predicament.
The State of Maine was made for wind power. Whether on mountain tops, valleys or offshore bays and islands, excellent conditions exist for generating electricity through wind. No less than five wind power farms are planned. When completed, they are going to create over 40 percent of the electrical needs of the state. Put another way, we are talking about a major use of non-fossil fuel resources.
Alas, this unabated commitment to wind energy is causing environmentalist a problem. Wind farms, by their nature, are inclined to take up significant space. Further, they must be in open areas where the wind isn't impeded by such and buildings. The areas in Maine, naturally, are inclined to be habitats for rare or threatened species
Ah, now you see the predicament. Environmentalists are pro clean energy, but how about the species and habitats? How can anyone argue they're a workable energy platform, if wind power farms aren't permitted in Maine, the perfect place? At this time, there's absolutely no definitive solution being given by environmental groups. The final outcome will speak volumes about the future of wind power.
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