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Old 03-16-2017, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Sector 001
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Wind power has a lot of potential but placement is important. Keeping them away from major migratory routes for birds will help. I doubt any bird species will ever go extinct from them.. if anything the transmission lines required to get the power out from these relatively rural areas provide them a safe perching spot from ground predators that makes up for any deaths that might occur.

As far as cluttering up the view, they don't bother me in the least seeing them around here.. it's mostly farmland and very rural area. It's an imperfect solution for an imperfect world... a way to supplement the main grid in a way to reduce pollution. I think they do more good than harm. You could power a big chunk of the country from just putting wind power in the purple areas in South Dakota, but you need transmission lines, like already mentioned.

It probably is best to avoid putting them on federal owned lands or major natural areas where it might disrupt the scenery and affect people's perception of them negatively. Stick them in the great plains.. that's where they belong.
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:22 AM
 
Location: DC
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As far as I know, there aren't wind farms being built on National Parks.
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:15 PM
 
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Unfortunately, I have just learned of another environmental effect for wind turbine towers and their associated power lines that feed into them, e.g. wireless internet. Ever since one of these power lines went in directly between my farm and the radio tower of my ISP, I have a difficult time receiving a wireless signal from any of the three wireless ISPs in our area. Wired internet is not available out here and, although satellite internet is, the costs are prohibitive.

Luckily I don't yet have any turbine generators near me but it is my understanding that living near an actual turbine can dramatically affect internet signals.
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:29 PM
 
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Unfortunately, I have just learned of another environmental effect for wind turbine towers and their associated power lines that feed into them, e.g. wireless internet. Ever since one of these power lines went in directly between my farm and the radio tower of my ISP, I have a difficult time receiving a wireless signal from any of the three wireless ISPs in our area. Wired internet is not available out here and, although satellite internet is, the costs are prohibitive.

Luckily I don't yet have any turbine generators near me but it is my understanding that living near an actual turbine can dramatically affect internet signals.
Start a dicker. Involve the FCC. Interfering with such signals is generally not allowed.

Practically they may be able to do a repeater or even a transmitter for one or more ISPs. You might end up with a winner. And if all else fails they may pay for satellite to avoid having to do anything.
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