Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind

Wonderful story in the New York Times this morning on the transformation of defunct Bethlehem Steel mill in Lackawana, NY into a wind farm. The brownfield site has been transformed into a source of clean energy.

As I read this piece I can hear the rattle, crash and clanging of the strip mining equipment that is removing the top of the mountain above our little neighborhood. A single modern wind turbine placed on that same mountain, would, over the next two decades produce far more electricity than the coal that will be extracted -- without the noise, enormous quantities of overburden dumped in ephemeral streams, loss of animal habitat, and loss of watershed -- not to mention the ugliness.

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