Friday, May 15, 2009

Don't blow off wind power

With the vast potential Idaho has for utilizing wind power, I would be interested in learning more about how windmill bird-diverters work. Many of the powerful interest blowhards, who speak out against wind power, amplify bird death statistics. Because of this, they say that wind should be out of the question, instead of remarking, "Hey, wind is simply a great idea. Why can't we inject more research and development into ways to prevent bird windmill casualties?"

Last year, Popular Science magazine featured an award-winning invention that employed wind power from giant rubber bands. If developed further, such devices could help our country emerge from the current economic and energy Dark Ages. While inventions like this hold great possibility for our future, naysayers will probably find ways to claim that whippoorwills and hummingbirds will be fatally attracted to the buzzing sound. Before our country started becoming a lazy fast food TV nation, we held our inventors in higher esteem.

While the next generation of Teslas, Edisons, Kamens, Hurtibises and Farthsworths emerge, we should give these ingenious energy saviors more enthusiastic support, instead of sticking our heads in south Idaho sand to avoid wind.

Jim Banholzer


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