Skip to main content

View Diary: Something to take your mind off indictments: Windfarm blogging (169 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I'd rather (4.00)
    I'd rather see a wind farm on a clear (unpolluted) day than not see a wind farm because of all the air pollution caused by fossil fuel burning.

    Anyone have any tips on investing in this field? Suppliers, energy providers?

    Just because you can doesn't mean you should!

    by taonow on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 05:06:21 PM PDT

    •  Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologia... (4.00)
      Gamesa is primarily a wind turbine company, located in Spain (they also have some other areas of business,  related to aeronautics parts, I believe, and also have an energy services/consulting group, which is going to be sold off I believe...).

      They were ranked as the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world, in 2004, if I'm not mistaken (Vestas of Denmark is/was number 1). (Gemesa was originally a Spanish subsidiary of Vestas, but they spun off from Vestas as a totally separate company a few years ago - Jerome can correct me if some of this is incorrect...)

      I recently purchased stock in Gamesa - the symbol is GCTAF (it trades as one of these foreign stocks,  where the share price gets updated only 1-2X a day...).

      A fried of mine in Madrid (who works in a financial/economics area) told me that he's heard good things about this company.

      On the other hand, the share price has now dropped almost 7% since I bought it !  (most stocks are tanking now - I should have at least waited until after the horrible investing month of Oct. was over...)

      Note that I have zero professional qualifications related to finance/investing, so proceed at your own risk with this (although I've become obsessed w/ all things financial thanks to the last election, Jerome and Bonddad...)

      On another note, I also think that wind turbines are beautiful to see (I was in Bilbao recently,  and saw lots of wind turbines in the vicinity, while approaching on the plane....thanks, Jerome, for posting these superb photos, by the way !!!!! )

    •  true! (none)
      I lived in Beijing for 2 mos.  Beijing is (to say the least) smoggy.  On a particularly clear day - after I had already been there an entire month - I looked around and saw mountains around the city FOR THE FIRST TIME.

      I would rather be able to always see the mountains and have them covered in wind farms than not see 'em at all.

      •  understatement of the century (none)
        Beijing is (to say the least) smoggy.

        although to be fair it's better than it used to be. i noticed a real difference in visibility between '96 and '03. totally agreed on the windmills, and given beijing's nonstop blustery winter winds, it would seem a no-brainer to do.

        crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

        by wu ming on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 10:25:18 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  i was there in '00 (none)
          I want to go back SO BAD.  hehe - it's gotten better?  Maybe I can go up in the TV tower and actually see SOMETHING now.
          •  the watershed was the 50th anniversary celebration (none)
            of the people's republic in 1999 , when the government decided to shut down all the polluting factories for a week before the big celebration. the result was a beautiful blue beijing october's day. i guess it impressed them enough that the beijing municipal government started trying to relocate those factories out further in the countryside, so that beijing's air would be cleaner. so now it's only somewhat hazy, with non-sandstorm days reaching a decent level of visibility, as opposed to the can't quite see a block industrial smog of the mid-90s. out in chengde, however, it's just as bad if not worse, because that's where the pollution got outsourced to.

            i'm not as big of a beijing fan myself, the people are great, no-nonsense crusty folks, but the city seems pretty soulless, with all the obsessive government planning and cookie cutter high rises. give me a more chaotic city like xi'an, taipei, chengdu, kunming or hankou, where night markets and street life still thrive.

            crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

            by wu ming on Wed Oct 19, 2005 at 12:28:18 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  i get sentimental for beijing (none)
              I had all my little "spots" to go to - my bars, my restaurants, my street, etc.  But yeah - large obsequious communist buildings... blah.  Xi'an is such a lively, cheerful city in comparison.  Those are the only 2 places I went in China while I was there... I need to get back, I'm just waiting for the right opportunity.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site