Aesthetic, Less Harm to Birds, More Wind: The 3 Assets of Offshore Wind
Advantage #1: Aesthetics
Offshore wind turbines are obviously coming into much less human contact than those on land. Thus, people do not need to deal with the the noise pollution and eye sore that turbine cause for some. Farmers have complained that the whirring noise of turbines scare their livestock, while others simply do not like the sight of the turbines. Thus, with a move off land, the sounds and images of the turbines are nearly unnoticeable.
Advantage #2: Less Harm to Birds
In an attempt to cut down on bird deaths, offshore wind farms are located in specific areas of the ocean where birds do not frequently fly.
Advantage #3: More Wind
One of the greatest advantages that offshore wind farms have over those on land is the frequency of strong winds over the ocean. Studies have shown that winds offshore blow nearly 40 percent more often than on land. Consequently, offshore wind farms can outpace those on land in terms of capacity and possibly offset the higher construction costs.
Friends of the High Line has done some pretty incredible things with this project, but even now, how do they keep people informed about their new projects and ideas for the park?
Their communication strategy takes a multi-faceted approach. While they do have a website, thehighline.org, they do not rely solely on it to reach the maximum number of people. A staff blog complements the website with entries about worker experiences, art exhibits, and any news related to the project.It has a Twitter page with nearly 13,200 and counting, a Flickr account with photos from the beginning of the project up to today, and, of course, Facebook with almost 30,000 fans.
Why is China dwarfing the United States and, to be fair, the rest of the world when it comes to investing in clean technologies? One major reason is that China has fewer democratic barriers as the United States has. As valued as it is and should be, the democratic process often can take a fair amount longer to fully pass and execute than it takes for an authoritarian government like China to cut past policy talks and other lengthy processes. Furthermore, for many in China, issue of climate change is not open for debate. Rather, they have accepted it as a fact and an opportunity to take the lead in a rapidly growing sector.
And that it has. In addition to the aforementioned numbers, China is currently spending $12 billion every month on renewable energy, high-speed rail, clean energy transportation, and energy efficiency. Chinese solar cells and wind energy systems are also rapidly becoming available for domestic sale rather than only for export. So what does this mean for the United States?
China is aggressively and successfully taking control of the clean technology market, and therefore proves to be a significant competitor with the United States in this global market. If the United States is serious about developing clean technologies that can be competitive on the global market, this is the sort of competition it needs to start making strides toward such investments. The US has always been vocal about its competitive relationship with China, and the clean tech market appears to be another arena for these two global powerhouses to duke it out.
Will this be the wake-up call that the United States needs in order to get past the climate change debate and really throw all its weight into the development and investment in clean technologies?
The Energy Sector: America’s Hope
Seven of the ten largest international companies are from the energy sector, posting revenues in the hundreds of billions of dollars annually. Much of our energy in the United States is imported from abroad, and of these foreign sources of energy are highly unsustainable. In tandem, these mean two things. First, the energy sources are on a dead-end trajectory, and secondly, the United States will have a difficult time controlling their prices.
Developing disruptive energies is our biggest opportunity for pushing for energy independence. read more
The Tough Decisions Between New Energy and Environmental Protection
To produce the same electric power of Itaipu Dam, approximately 434,000 barrels of oil would need to be burned every single day.On the other hand, 1,350 square kilometers of land that was previously the home to thousands of families and all walks of life is now under water.
Is it worth the environmental and social sacrifice to use this sort of tactic to create clean and alternative energy? read more
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- 4. Chicago
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Consumers Reject Google and Microsoft’s Energy-Reducing Apps
Two years after their release and within one week from each other, both tech giants announced their services’ discontinuations due to a lack of public reception
In the meantime, though, we still must consider an important question: Were the failures of these services representative of the belief in the United States that eco-friendly products are more expensive, or were they rather services that simply did not work?