05 Apr '12, 9pm

The symbolic power of bladeless wind turbines

The symbolic power of bladeless wind turbines

This, more than anything else, is why the most chin-scratching and tongue-clucking of the tastemakers that Grist's David Roberts calls Very Serious People should be ignored when it comes to renewable energy. Because we're not talking about merely swapping out one kind of power plant for another one. This isn't just a matter of counting and pricing kilowatt-hours. There's a crazy-dream continuum in high tech that you can trace from the plastic fantastic inventions of the automobile age to the space program to Silicon Valley, and it now points with ever-greater frequency to green energy , hyper-efficiency, a low-carbon future. It gives rise to ideas like Windstalk. It makes heads spin and pulses race. It suggests that anyone's Very Serious estimate of renewable energy's potential was obsolete an hour after it was made.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/the-symboli...

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