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Blowing taxpayers' money

It's hard to imagine a better example of a waste of taxpayers' money than the plans to install a single-unit "wind farm" at Saskatoon's landfill. While such a project might be great for public relations, particularly with those tourists who include the dump on their list of must-see civic attractions, the project is untenable on economic and environmental grounds.

It's hard to imagine a better example of a waste of taxpayers' money than the plans to install a single-unit "wind farm" at Saskatoon's landfill.

While such a project might be great for public relations, particularly with those tourists who include the dump on their list of must-see civic attractions, the project is untenable on economic and environmental grounds.

In the first instance, real wind farms are installed in already identified areas of Saskatchewan where there are sustained winds, and they are installed in sufficient numbers to justify the fixed infrastructure costs of installation, maintenance and integration with existing power utilities.

In the second instance, a single-unit wind farm can never hope to recapture the environmental benefit to offset the environmental impact of its own creation and operation.

If Saskatoon must have a wind farm, let's pick a more suitable location. I'll cast my vote for the roof of City Hall.

That way, when mother nature refuses to co-operate, the hot air from council chambers and the executive suites will be more than sufficient to drive the unit to full capacity.

It's hard to imagine a better example of a waste of taxpayers' money than the plans to install a single-unit "wind farm" at Saskatoon's landfill.

While such a project might be great for public relations, particularly with those tourists who include the dump on their list of must-see civic attractions, the project is untenable on economic and environmental grounds.

In the first instance, real wind farms are installed in already identified areas of Saskatchewan where there are sustained winds, and they are installed in sufficient numbers to justify the fixed infrastructure costs of installation, maintenance and integration with existing power utilities.

In the second instance, a single-unit wind farm can never hope to recapture the environmental benefit to offset the environmental impact of its own creation and operation.

If Saskatoon must have a wind farm, let's pick a more suitable location. I'll cast my vote for the roof of City Hall.

That way, when mother nature refuses to co-operate, the hot air from council chambers and the executive suites will be more than sufficient to drive the unit to full capacity.


Source: http://www.thestarphoenix.c...

APR 26 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/25923-blowing-taxpayers-money
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