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Another FAIL for the religion of Green?

ind farms in Britain generated practically no electricity during the recent cold spell, raising fresh concerns about whether they could be relied upon to meet the country's energy needs.

Despite high demand for electricity as people shivered at home over Christmas, most of the 3,000 wind turbines around Britain stood still due to a lack of wind.

The failure of wind farms to function at full tilt during December forced energy suppliers to rely on coal-fired power stations to keep the lights on - meaning more greenhouse gases were produced.

And the green freaks want to rely on this? How would you handle it in a cold snap?

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 10:09 AM on Feb. 1, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Luckily, here in America...which is a hell of a lot bigger than Britain, there are many more methods for getting "green" power besides wind.

    Are you completely against "going green" and using renewable energy sources? There will be a period where we'd all have to adjust. Now that Britain faced that problem & are aware of it, they can now focus on ways to prevent that from happeneing in the future. It's all trial & error.....everything is.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 10:28 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Maybe with some common sense... I don't think occasional failure is a good reason to scrap energy innovation altogether. Even if we had to rely on more polluting methods from time to time (like in this situation) it would be better than never using clean energy at all.
    misses_nick

    Answer by misses_nick at 10:30 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Okay...so they had to power up the coal plants a bit. But when the WIND turbines are working, the coal plants are down. But every little bit helps. So why not continue to look for green energy sources??
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 10:34 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Btw, how offensive is it to call people green freaks? It isn't like we go around calling people with op's mentality pollution freaks...
    misses_nick

    Answer by misses_nick at 11:11 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Don't even get me started...............................But when the WIND turbines are working, the coal plants are down
    ---Uhmmmm show me some proof of that. And then tell me in great detail the difference between a peaking plant and one on constant supply.
    Coal is not used as a backup....It's currently the PRIMARY source for electricity for the ENTIRE country.
    OMFG..............................
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 11:11 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • So, something doesn't work 100%, therefore it's no good whatsoever? Judge all your behaviors based on this.
    SWasson

    Answer by SWasson at 11:11 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • I've never really thought we could or should rely on any one source of energy for everyone. Having multiple sources would reduce the negative impact of the worst of them though. We need many alternatives, and what works in one area may not be a good option in another area. And they should always have a back up plan in mind IMO, since most will not work 100% of the time or at least all have a potential of being shut down--even temporarily--due to some kind of disaster or general problems.
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 11:37 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Al Gore sure has been quiet this winter hasn't he?
    SweetLuci

    Answer by SweetLuci at 12:09 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Btw, how offensive is it to call people green freaks? It isn't like we go around calling people with op's mentality pollution freaks...

    I don't see the word freak in my post. And just how green is your home?
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 2:40 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • "And the green freaks want to rely on this? How would you handle it in a cold snap"

    Above is quoted directly from last line of OP. And my home is pretty darn green!!! We have solar panels and a turbine. We use zero chemicals and we built and insulated green. We don't buy furniture with chemicals and unsustainable materials. We grow most of our own food. So...how green is your home?
    misses_nick

    Answer by misses_nick at 2:51 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

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