posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 09:44 PM
Please don’t take the tone of my thread title as being against the increasing development of sustainable energy we can harness from our sun, tides,
electromagnetic ionosphere, or geothermal heat from below. I just have wondered about our fragile balance that we might tip on a global scale, setting
up very large-scale environmental energy sources.
Lets first look at huge, I mean huge city sustainable solar fields, lets put them in the deserts at the southwest of America, central Australia, and
for brevity the Sahara Desert for starts. There would be miles of vast arrays of, well, highly reflective mirrors, with a lot of that condensed solar
radiation focused to a collector, AND A LOT reflected back up into the fragile atmosphere. Would that not affect local climate?
These talks about building turbine fans to use the Gulf Stream Ocean currents off the Florida coast, or any (even) tidal force of the oceans to move
underwater turbine fans sound like a precarious can of worms we don’t want to open. Ocean life, fish, getting chopped up in the blades and in a very
large scale use, would the ocean currents be nullified to an extent that it could effect, weather, animal migration, food? Would Europe become cold
like the Mediaeval Mini Ice Age if America somehow 'slowed' The Gulf Stream? Not to mention world Current Ocean patterns. I never liked that idea on
a very large scale the instant I heard it.
In this layman’s ramble I’m in the middle of, with very limited understanding but some logic, I see using the wind seems to be the least damaging
natural energy source in a large scale, world wide, but suddenly I seem to be missing something. Weather patterns. Could the natural weather patterns
be altered by restricting natural wind flow? Why is Japan colder than England? The Himalayas? Look at their latitudes on the planet. Hmm.
Now the last one, likely the most expensive to set up to tap, our own earth’s hot geothermal outlets, (where if many, if possible, to be a major
source? I don’t know). But doesn’t that sound dangerous on the surface to people like me with no formal education in these matters? Messing with
our whole planet's tectonic structure, by restricting or releasing deep thermal activities of plate movements and volcanic activity?
Well, my 2¢ of course, I would enjoy and invite more educated folks that (may have heard my concerns before), to enlighten me where I over exaggerate
the effects of what I mention in error.
Please excuse that fact I did not relentlessly research and outline this simple question thread idea. I got it off my head as I typed so if it sounds
frivolous I understand, I sort of do that at times, when a thought comes to me.