Damn liberals can't do anything right.
linkLarge wind farms can substantially influence local climate, most notably by boosting nighttime temperatures, a new study suggests. Utilizing the same analytical techniques used to discern temperature trends in urban heat islands, researchers scrutinized satellite images of a 10,000-square-kilometer area of west-central Texas, home to four of the world's largest wind farms (turbines near Fluvanna, Texas, shown). The team's analyses revealed that in the 9-year period from 2003 through 2011, when more than 95% of the turbines in the area were erected, the average nighttime land-surface temperature during summer months in areas where wind farms were located increased by 0.65°C more than did temperatures in nearby areas without wind turbines. At night, when air at ground level is cooler than that found a few dozen meters up, turbulence generated by individual wind turbines stirs warm air downward to heat the surface, the team reports online today in Nature Climate Change. The warming rates measured in this study—the first to show temperature increases based on satellite data rather than computer simulations, the researchers note—are high simply because the region has experienced a rapid growth in wind farm development. The warming effect for any given wind farm will likely level off if no more turbines are added, the researchers report.
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The same shepherd that protects the flock leads them to the slaughterhouse.
Damn liberals can't do anything right.
When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man? [Henry David Thoreau]
That's not exactly "global warming."
I recall Al Gore's book about the environment. It was so technical, it was unreadable. George Bush 41 referred to Gore as "Ozone Man" because of his obsession with the ozone layer. Global warming became the big issue with Gore. It is the tendency for man-made carbon dioxide to trap heat in Earth's atmosphere. The fear is that the earth will be heated to the point that the polar caps will melt, flooding coastal cities. Paradoxically, geologists say we are between Ice Ages. If another Ice Age is inevitable, global warming might serve as a means for heating our planet. It is crazy. We are trying to figure out whether we will burn up or freeze to death. If global warming is taking place, it may not be a bad thing. It got pretty cold in Nashville last winter. If it is a bad thing, man's ingenuity may find a remedy. We are rational beings. With the population of the earth over seven billion, we need to manage natural resources responsibly. The rainforest of South America cannot be destroyed without consequences. We should be planting trees in North America, one for each one we cut down. Houses have traditionally been built with lumber, and books have been made from paper. That can change. New building materials can be developed. Libraries can become electronic. The large mammals of Africa need to be protected, otherwise they will be extinct in a few decades. It is up to the governments of African countries and their National Park systems. At the same time, it is a world problem. Man is one species despite his fragmentation into religious sects and nationalities. If man were to act as one species (I am not promoting a one-race concept) and stop warring, he could put his house in order. The energy and money spent by Muslims, Jews and Christians fighting could go a long way toward developing alternative fuels. Fossil fuels will eventually be depleted. It will take time, but the amount of coal, oil and gas in the ground is finite. If man does not prepare for a time when they are gone, civilization will collapse. For all the talk about renewable energy and hybrid cars, we are nowhere near a state of practical application.
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