Odious at Odious and Peculiar has a post on why wind is hardly a major energy contributor, and why it most likely won’t be:
“Distressingly little of the country is suitable for this type of power generation.
“Moreover, you really want to find a place where, to start with, no one lives, no one cares about the view, and no birds sing. Whether it is necessary for the sedge to have withered, I leave to committee. But wind turbines tend to chew up birds and spit them out, much in the manner of the comical antics of Warner Bros.’ Tasmanian devil.
“I am all for “alternative” energy sources, by which I mean “not coal”. I believe in man’s influence on global warming. I like things that are free–wind, sun, water. But, leaving aside the fact that they aren’t really free, they don’t scale. It is difficult to tell the wind that, come five o’clock, we need a quick boost in power production. Add to that the ugliness of a turbine field, and the potential loss of, say, a California condor, and I find myself thinking nuclear thoughts.”
Many more good things there, on everything from Sappho to the Supreme Court. Odious has been productive.