Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for October 8, 2010

Items of interest:

1-“For many of you, the good news is that you’re not an Appalachian miner. Or living in a town dependent on those miners’ producing abundant, reliable, politically assailed energy resources. Or a farmer or rancher or living in such a community out West. Your livelihood isn’t under assault by the full force of the federal government. Yet.

You just depend on what these fellow Americans do to make you richer, freer, and safer.

Obama vs. West Virginia Coal – National Review Online

2-From Moe Lane: Connecting the dots on the Missouri wind farm payoff.

3-“If we truly wanted to achieve zero environmental impact with wind turbines we would have to place them in a vacuum, but we should settle for a region without bird migratory routes and with high background atmospheric turbulence.”

Most efficient wind farm layout is also the least disruptive – ars technica

4-From Roger Pielke, Sr.: “While their conclusions are important with respect to how wind turbine farms can alter surface air temperatures, their results have an even broader importance.

On the Vertical Mixing Of Heat And Long Term Surface Temperature Trends – Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr.

5-More thoughts on Russia/China cooperation.

China and Russia Finally Tie the Knot – Energy Tribune

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