www.recumbents.com wrote:There are a lot of wind farms here in Illinois. I was making a cross state trek on a very windy day and decided to stop and see how noisy the wind farm was. It looks like there are about 100 turbines per wind farm, all built over the past 5 years or so. Even though I was practically right underneath one of the behemoths, all I could hear was a whooshing noise, which was not very loud. I heard that in Illinois, 20% of the power is now wind generated. I'm impressed.
So yes, I would have one in my neighborhood, but here you have to have 2 acres before you can put up a wind turbine.
Looks like they have about ~2500MW wind gen ability right now in Illinois. That's great!
So... in coal, to generate 2500MW, you need to burn .8lbs of kWh so to generate 2,500,000,000watts for an hour, which works out to be ~2,000,000lbs of coal PER HOUR. A tractor-trailer can carry something like 80,000lbs of coal per trip. That's 25 tractor-trailer trips per hour. Then you BURN the coal into gnarly things, sulfides and mercury and all sorts of crazy things that contaminate coal and then rain-down as acid rain and poison rivers and forests etc.
So, if you're going to vote "no", but you're not proposing something that stops humans using electricity, you're saying you'd rather have more ships and barges and trucks loaded with millions of pounds of coal go get burned instead of a whoosh-whoosh noise, or a potential bird or hot-air-ballooner strike.