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Wind turbines ... not all they're "cracked" up to be!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Globalti, 12 Jan 2008.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

  2. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Ah yes, the catastrophic result of a wind turbine failure. Makes Chernobyl pale into insignificance dont'cha think! :blush:
     
  3. simon l& and a half

    simon l& and a half New Member

    Location:
    Streatham Hill
    no, they're brilliant. The little ones will never pay their way, but they liven up the streetscape a treat. The big ones are graceful adornments to our hills and coasts.
     
  4. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    The bigger ones really do look graceful. When we were going along the road in Germany and saw them, we thought they really were graceful. We saw the blades on the back of trucks, and i wouldnt like to see them fly off, they are absolutly huge when you see them on the ground.
     
  5. andygates

    andygates New Member

    It might have.. I dunno, scared a few cows in a nearby field? :biggrin:

    Clearly any decent generating equipment would have had the decency to at least create a leukemia cluster! Pah, wussy bloody wind!
     
  6. col

    col Veteran

    Thats it,two faulty out of i dont know how many that are all over the place,cancel them all!Well thats the normal reaction isnt it?Getting the rest safety checked wouldnt be difficult,and reinforced if needed?
     
  7. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Now, what other things (machines etc.) do we have that fail and have accidents that we can ban!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. simoncc

    simoncc New Member

    No. They'll probably kill just as many people as our nuclear power stations have done - nobody. If only they were as useful as nuclear power stations at generating electricity.
     
  9. Lord of the Teapot

    Lord of the Teapot New Member

    I always remember that the wind twerly things I stuck in the sand as a youngster used to get blown over.
     
  10. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    The great thing is that wind turbines allow me to leave all my lights on without affecting my conscience.

    Bring 'em on, I say.
     
  11. sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

    Location:
    WGC
    Well it must have been windy. I thought that was the idea ?
     
  12. col

    col Veteran

    It seems someones calculations were wrong,or sloppy work,either way,it couldnt stay up when it is designed to.:wacko:
     
  13. andygates

    andygates New Member

    It was 19 years old. I fell over a lot when I was 19 too.

    Someone should hide the Thunderbird.
     
  14. Peter

    Peter Senior Member

    I can't remember back that far :blush:
     
  15. simon l& and a half

    simon l& and a half New Member

    Location:
    Streatham Hill
    Windscale - an inevitable part of our nuclear industry - has killed hundreds if not thousands.

    What's for darn sure is that wind turbines will never have to be bankrolled in the fashion (if £70,000,000,000 can ever be fashionable) that this government intends.

    Wind power could give us 20% of our electricity by 2015. Nuclear might give us one power station in 2017. Given that we're in a hurry...