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  •  Location, location, location. (4.00)
    The best places for wind generation are typically so far from population centers that the costs associated with modifying the transmission systems, and power losses from from long distance transmission, add up to enough to keep the utilities from risking the investment. However, there are more and more viable location/population center/distance combinations every day as energy costs continue to rise.

    There's a heck of a nice big wind farm just south of the Wyoming border in Colorado, even though the entire Front Range of the Rocky Mountains has lots of coal, trains to ship it, and power plants all along the way.

    The bottom line is that government should have led the way to prepare for what was clearly known many years ago to be an upcoming energy shortage. Jimmy Carter tried to do just that since that was the time to start in order to ensure a smooth transition. Ronald Reagan put a stop to it, telling us all to trust in free enterprise.

    ANd free enterprise does work, sort of. But free enterprise doesn't jump in with both feet until it's a sure bet. And it wasn't a sure bet until it was too late for a smooth transition. Since massive changes to our energy system is a slow undertaking, we will be paying the price for Republican idiocy for a long time to come.

    I'm a devout believer in irreverence. - JW -

    by John West on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 05:39:41 PM PDT

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    •  I didn't write that very well. Too distracted. (none)
      Sorry. But I think it says enough to get the point across.

      I'm a devout believer in irreverence. - JW -

      by John West on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 05:42:31 PM PDT

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