Wind Turbine Graveyard

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  1. kazenatsu

    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Welcome to the wind turbine graveyard. It stretches a hundred meters (328 feet) from a bend in the North Platte River in Casper, Wyoming. California, Colorado, Kansas, and many other states are doing the same thing, the fiberglass blades will never deteriorate (not biodegradable).

    Between last September and this March, it will become the final resting place for 1,000 fiberglass turbine blades. These blades, which have reached the end of their 25-year working lives, come from three wind farms in the north-western US state. Each will be cut into three, then the pieces will be stacked and buried.

    Turbines from the first great 1990s wave of wind power are reaching the end of their life expectancy today. About two gigawatts worth of turbines will be refitted in 2019 and 2020. And disposing of them in an environmentally-friendly way is a growing problem.
    This cost taxpayers $200,000 or more per unit or 200 million total for the 1000 blades to have them transported and decommissioned.​

    Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Bloomberg


    Oh the pollution of "green energy"...

    Maybe instead of just going with something that "feels" like a good idea, we should actually look at a logical analysis?
    That might be "too complicated" for simple minds, however...


    Some pictures of the non-recyclable trash that will be buried here:

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    Yeah, conveniently bury the trash out of sight and out of mind far away in a conservative state...
     
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    TBH. I am more concerned about the damage caused by the mining of the rare earth minerals and the ecological impacts of these turbine wind farms than I am about what happens to them when they are scuttled. I do find it interesting that they look like they have OSB in them to hold their shape.
     
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    Shocking just shocking
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    https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/coal-power-impacts
     
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    Wind turbines generate mountains of waste
    and unreliable, wind turbines cover vast areas of land; affect scenic views and local wind flow, temperature ... It’s as if wind turbines never die and never leave anything behind. ... Typically, when turbines reach end-of-life
     
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    It is water vapor, yes those are cooling towers.

    I live right next door to Hanford Nuclear Facility, they have ONE cooling tower zone there, can see the water vapor billowing out 15 miles away on a cold day.
     
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    Yes that is water vapor but it is a german lignite plant which is a halfway between peat and coal
     
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    drluggit Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Just like so many things democrats do, they always require an expire by date. why? Because it creates an economic annuity for the folks they rammed legislation through to support. It's a regulatory way to always make sure your supporters make money. Plain and simple.
     
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    Yes, and . . . ?
     
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    And it is not "perhaps photoshopped". Real place real water vapor.
     
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    It is often the case that such photos, when used for propaganda purposes, are altered to darken/thicken the cloud images.
     
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    Or they are just releasing steam on a cold cloudy day. Our local now defunct textile mill used to send massive clouds of steam out of its smokestacks every friday about 4:00 for about 45 minutes a pop accompanied by a loud noise that could be heard for miles. I heard a few different explanations like that was how they cleaned the stacks or they were dumping the boilers since they wouldn't be running them over the weekends. Either way, water vapor is water vapor.
     
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    This is, perhaps, a post showing ignorance on my part - I admit it from the start. But I'm not so sure that they are not recyclable. They may not be used for future use as a wind turbine, but an industrious individual could certainly find use for them.
     

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