Beijing covers up a crackdown

The protest erupted over plans for a wind-power plant that used village lands and required significant landfill in a bay where the people have for generations made a living fishing. Before that, nearby village land had been used for the construction of a coal-fired power plant.
27 Jun 2006

Energy literacy - what you don't know can hurt you

"In history, major advances in civilization have occurred when societies have jumped from low-yield to high-yield energy sources," Cleveland says. Thus, humans have moved from using the lowest yield sources - wood, water and wind - to progressively denser sources - coal and then oil and natural gas. Today's industrial society is built on cheap, abundant sources of high-quality energy. It would be a serious setback for us to transition back down to lower-quality energy sources, even if they are clean and renewable.
27 Jun 2006

The Political Brain

A recent brain-imaging study shows that our political predilections are a product of unconscious confirmation bias. Editor's Note: Something to keep in mind in preparing for debates, writing letters, etc. on the pros/cons of wind energy.
26 Jun 2006

Wind farm opposition

Countries such as Germany and Denmark say that energy produced by wind-farms is too unreliable and inefficient to be able to close even one single power station. Throughout the world not one power station has been closed because of the energy produced from wind-farms.
26 Jun 2006

Communities update land plans

He expects the plan will reflect changing issues facing municipal officials. In the same way towns had to scurry about 10 years ago to address concerns over cell phone antenna towers, town officials today must prepare for new concerns, such as wind turbines and solar panels.
26 Jun 2006
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