posted on Jul, 6 2005 @ 01:45 PM
I was reading an article about wind farms killing birds
made me think about various forms of gathering energy and the problems they cause.
All sources of energy boil down to a simple process of removing energy from one thing and applying it to another.
Wind farms suck power from wind currents, tidal generators suck energy from the tides, nuclear plants suck energy from the ground (uranium), etc. Even
solar energy collects sunlight before it can strike the ground or plants.
No matter what humans do, we will always "steal" energy from systems for our own use, and often with mild to serious consequences. Taking energy
from a system will always change that system.
The conspiracy here is that people get behind various energy sources for various reasons rather than admit that in the end, its damaging a system by
removing energy. Arguably, nuclear power and oil is the best source since the energy is being taken from the earth rather than a living, highly
dynamic, system. Nonetheless, it is still removing something from a system that had reached balance.
The sun is a virtually endless power source, but any land or earth-orbit based collector would prevent sunlight from reaching the surface, and thus
change the system.
When backing a source of energy, always keep in mind what you are taking it from and what effects it may have. To date, there is no source of energy
that doesn't damage (irreperably alter) the source.