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Advancements in composite materials, automation, and more efficient manufacturing processes . . .
As the size and complexity of wind turbines grow, so do the manufacturing process requirements . . .
originally posted by: tovenar
Wind turbines in the USA are a huge freaking scam.
It is a rip-off for the landowner. The land becomes useless for anything else. You have big 40 x 40 cement foundations littering your land; it is impractical to plow around them. and the noise from those whooshing blades is deafening. They also kill raptors (who cannot anticipate the circular action of the blades) to where wind farms probably kill 10,000 bald eagles every year. But its ok the EPA gives them a warrant to kill bald eagles.
To even pretend to be economical(!), the development company needs a spot where the wind averages 12 mph annually. Then they come out and kill crops or grassland laying the cement base, then kill more ag land erecting the thing.
The average turbine lasts 3 or 4 years I the desert southwest. Building the engine and replacing it will take more energy than the stupid thing will produce over it's lifespan.
The are not wind farming, they are government subsidy farming.
And every wind farming corporation is a subsidiary of either Exxon or BP or a consortium with big coal. The whole wind farm industry is just another way to get the US government to pay oil companies. Only this way gives the US consumer a case of the warm fuzzies.
originally posted by: mikell
All manufacturing has to be ready for war production. I live in Michigan and know the history of the automakers and how quickly they began production for WWII.
The US can ramp up fast the steel and lead industries might be a little slower thanks to Obama but we can still build stuff.
....And why, exactly, was it wooden? Certainly because spruce, birch plywood and Ecuadorean balsa weren’t strategic materials and were in plentiful supply. Because furniture factories, cabinetmakers, luxury-auto coachbuilders and piano makers could quickly be turned into subcontractors.