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Chopped Eagle, To Go, Please June 20, 2011

Posted by bobv451 in inventions, New Mexico, Texas, writing.
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For long years I have called wind turbines “Avian Evisceration Devices.” I even thought this was such a good title, I used it in a short story of the same name.

Driving back and forth to OK I went past several wind farms. In NM they are around Tucumcari, in the Pandhandle there are several but the ones closest to the road are around Groom. I seem to remember some in OK, also, but I might be wrong about that. If you’ve seen one wind turbine, you’ve seen ‘em all. There used to be some variation, notably the upright eggbeater design but it seems they have all devolved into 3 blade propellers.

Always see a long semi flat bed on the road hauling a single blade. Those bird-guts-choppers are long. Very long.

It will be interesting to see how green jobs collide with animal rights especially in California where both are elevated to religion status.. The rather specific number 67 is used to enumerate the dead eagles in any given year. I don’t think the wind farm around Willard, NM, has been murdering eagles, but I might be wrong. It’s a sure thing the blades are chopping up birds (and in the case of the NM wind farm, only 26% of the generated electricity is used–the rest is simply run into the ground since the grid won’t take it. No word if Tres Amigos superconducting grid is progressing.

There are always ideas out there. Take the other side and see how the story progresses. Imagine what the world would be like with turbines whooshing about everywhere. And how this would deplete not only our feathered friends but also fossil fuel stores and rare earths and iron and copper and…

Wow, copper thieves. Iron thieves (they are stealing railroad tracks now).

The ideas are out there!

wind farm outside Willard, NM

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