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Old 06-14-2006, 04:36 PM
MrDibble MrDibble is offline
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Originally Posted by DrDeth
Well, you see, if you suck energy out of the wind by tubines, it slows it down. The few we have now likely do not have a significant effect on weather patterns.

However, TANSTAAFL also applies, of course.
Do you have numbers for the total world energy requirements (assuming all-wind) vs. total potential energy actually inherent in wind? I'm willing to bet the one's a tiny fraction of the other, and therefore would have minimal affect on anything other than localised scale.

In fact, since wind turbines will be taking energy out of the atmosphere, it could be argued (very simplistically, but it is there in the wikipedia article on wind power) that they'd mitigate the effects of gloabal warming. So everyone wins. Yay!