By John Donovan
The article below “Could the answer really be blowing in the wind?”, comes from a blog site sponsored by the champions of greenwashing, Royal Dutch Shell Plc:
Shell Connections: It is interesting to note that a Wikipedia Administrator, William M. Connolley, who has been hostile towards the content of the “Royaldutchshellplc.com” Wikipedia article and active in editing the “Controversies surrounding Royal Dutch Shell” Wikipedia article (deleting large chunks of content on grounds on inadequate quality of reference sources), is the same William M. Connolley who is now a contributor to the Shell sponsored blog. It’s a small world. No doubt in view of this development he will declare a potential conflict of interest before carrying out further editing on Wikipedia articles relating to Shell.
I may sign up to contribute to the Shell sponsored blog so as to provide some balance. I wonder why Shell has not offered to sponsor the royaldutchshellplc.com blog: was it something we said?
From the Shell sponsored blog site…
This blog is sponsored by Shell. Shell is working on a second generation of biofuels that don’t use food, but rather sources like wood chips and even algae that can reduce carbon emissions.
Last Tuesday, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas a plan to put windmills atop the city’s bridges and skyscrapers, in an effort to generate up to 10% of its electricity by 2018. He also proposed building wind farms off New York’s coast, where strong Atlantic winds could generate large amounts of power.
His announcement follows less than two months after oil mogul T. Boone Pickens unveiled his own scheme for wind energy, with the far more ambitious goal of generating 20% of the entire country’s electricity needs in the same length of time. An extensive transportation network would carry power from farms in the windy stretches of western states to the rest of the nation, freeing up natural gas for use in cars and trucks and significantly reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
The fact that two of the largest-scale alternative energy projects currently in sight both involve wind power is not really very surprising. Unlike nuclear power plants, the biggest objection to living near a wind farm is that…they’re loud. And ugly.
So, is wind the answer? Is it reliable enough to fulfill our energy needs? How much farther does the technology need to be developed? Are there any detracting factors likely to draw opposition? Let’s hear about them.