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Could wind turbines tame hurricanes?
CNN, by Jason Miks

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 4/2/2014 8:18:45 PM

Hurricane season won´t begin in the Atlantic basin until June 1. But the South Pacific storm season is in full swing. At any point in time, in fact, it is the season for hurricanes, typhoons, or cyclones somewhere in the world.(snip)According to the study, large numbers of wind turbines could slow down the outer winds of the hurricane, decrease wave heights, and cause it to dissipate faster. The authors say 78,000 300-foot turbines off the coast of New Orleans could have reduced Hurricane Katrina´s wind speeds by as much as 98 miles per hour by the time they reached land

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More magical thinking from enviro-wackos.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: texascunning, 4/2/2014 8:25:18 PM     (No. 9795195)

Probably couldn´t tame hurricanes, but you could probably get some pretty good grant money for the idea. And then more grant money to repair them when the hurricane did come.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JustRight, 4/2/2014 8:36:07 PM     (No. 9795207)

Long ago they tried this idea with giant fans to dispel fog on the Jersey Turnpike. Never worked but someone politically connected a lot of money.

Wise up and stop with the idiotic nonsense.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oldvlc, 4/2/2014 8:40:36 PM     (No. 9795214)

Our science education must be the laughing stock of the world. I bet Jim Jones would have all these ´scientists´ drinking his Kool Aid with little effort. We are doomed with imbeciles as this.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 4/2/2014 8:54:00 PM     (No. 9795233)

"78,000 300-foot turbines"

I´ll see your 78,000 and raise you a cool million. That way them turbines can generate a vacuum behind the hurricane, pulling it back to Africa and all them butterflies whose wing-flapping caused it in the first place.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: schnapps, 4/2/2014 9:02:43 PM     (No. 9795246)

As long as they don´t try this on Guam, they might tip it over.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Civilservant, 4/2/2014 9:04:46 PM     (No. 9795251)

How will shattered, destroyed wind turbines stop a hurricane? They have to lock the propellers in place when the wind speed exceeds like 50 mph.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 4/2/2014 9:09:15 PM     (No. 9795260)

Good grief!

Hey, Jeff Zucker - - dreadfully stupid stories like this are the reason no one with a teaspoon of brains wants to watch your network.

Step out of your leftist, la-la-land bubble - - and start making some sense.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: harper, 4/2/2014 9:09:35 PM     (No. 9795261)

"...78,000 300-foot turbines off the coast of New Orleans could..."

Really? I think 78,000 wind turbines might just about bankrupt any country stupid enough to try it. How much room would that take? Among other things, it would be the largest bird-free zone in the world. Will Dingy Harry introduce a bill forcing hurricanes to pass through the area?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: KTWO, 4/2/2014 9:30:32 PM     (No. 9795276)

Conduct some tests. Run existing ones backward and see if hurricanes increase.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: enuf8, 4/2/2014 9:48:43 PM     (No. 9795300)

They really proved effective for Hurricane Sandy.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mackrand, 4/2/2014 9:49:04 PM     (No. 9795302)

And 78,000 for Houston, 78,000 for Mobile, 78,000 for Tallahaassee, and 78,000 for St. Petersburg and a like amount for Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and some others like them and pretty soon we´re talking about some real big numbers. And one poster is right. The whole eastern seaboard will be bird free.

I usually don´t like to post for idiot schemes like this one but I just couldn´t help tweaking their noses. Especially when their noses have been somewhere nasty in recent days. I have some good soap but their noses have it all the way up to their sinuses...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: slab, 4/2/2014 9:55:05 PM     (No. 9795311)

They will make fantastic underwater reefs for the fishies after the first CAT 1 hurricane. I´ve heard it said, and I finally believe there´s no repairing stupid.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: RedWhiteBlue, 4/2/2014 10:06:02 PM     (No. 9795326)

HOWLING WITH LAUGHTER AND DISGUST!!!!!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bobn.t, 4/2/2014 10:27:49 PM     (No. 9795348)

Nuts, nuts, nuts

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 4/2/2014 10:35:42 PM     (No. 9795358)

Is it any wonder that CNN is the junk bond of "news" networks?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: EQKimball, 4/2/2014 10:37:06 PM     (No. 9795360)

As likely as a forest of toothpicks mitigating the force of a tidal wave.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Gorzabozo, 4/2/2014 10:50:19 PM     (No. 9795370)

Gives a whole new meaning to ´tilting at windmills´. These guys are cracked.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: leonardo, 4/2/2014 10:59:13 PM     (No. 9795382)

I guess they figure that if Moses could part the Red Sea, the sky´s the limit for them. Similarly arrogant fools are SURE that they can stop (non-existent) anthropogenic global warming by injecting chemicals into the atmosphere or the seas, and some want to launch immense sunshades into space to "shade" the planet from the sun. These days there is no shortage of nitwits selling junk science to bigger nitwits (like politicians).

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Reply 19 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 4/2/2014 11:51:47 PM     (No. 9795440)

No.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: dvc, 4/3/2014 12:09:45 AM     (No. 9795450)

Innumerate fools. Power of a wind turbine is proportional to the cube of the wind speed. If design speed was 35 mph, the 175 mph Katrina winds would produce 125 times as much power as the units were capable of surviving.

If you assume a 1.5 Megawatt unit (one of GE´s lower power units of the large turbines), then it would have to put out 187.5 Megawatts - almost the output of a typical older coal-fired central powerplant (200 MW)- from a SINGLE wind turbine?

So design them to be 125 times stronger? At more than 125 times the cost for 78,000 units for each Gulf Coast and Florida city?

Idiots.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: paral04, 4/3/2014 6:14:37 AM     (No. 9795560)

How many birds will be killed while the taxpayer is gouged again?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: hisself, 4/3/2014 8:38:58 AM     (No. 9795718)

Why do these people never mention the environmental damage caused by the oil dripping from these turbines?

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