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Apparently the opposite might be true according to L.M. Miller, F. Gans, & A. Kleidon who wrote the paper I found in your link above.

That paper makes some excellent points and is likely correct. I had been thinking in the same way that the other paper (Archer & Caldeira) did, but the points brought up in Miller et all likely make that analysis incorrect.

In any case, it's just another illustration of how such seemingly vast forces as the Earth's wind patterns actually represent only really quite limited amounts of power that could be tapped. Renewable energies are not the panacea they are hailed as... wherever you remove energy from a system, it will have some effect, and there is no way to escape that.

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The above ground footprint of gas wells is extremely small compared to windfarms. The added advantage is natural gas adds wealth to the economy instead of sucking it out.

Well, they pump poison into the ground and make your drinking water flammable. I suppose you think that's better than wrecking the view.

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Well, they pump poison into the ground and make your drinking water flammable. I suppose you think that's better than wrecking the view.

Claims that have been shown to be false.

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Well, they pump poison into the ground and make your drinking water flammable. I suppose you think that's better than wrecking the view.

I guess you own the DVD of "Gasland."

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Wow.

Ok, so "bird deaths" are yet ANOTHER in a long line of issues in which those professing concern actually have none, none whatsoever....another political football.

You ignored my earlier response to a similar post. While you're right that I may not be overly concerned about bird deaths or other collateral damage (since fracking, which I do advocate, clearly has collateral damage) my point and the point of others is that no energy source is perfect.

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That paper makes some excellent points and is likely correct. I had been thinking in the same way that the other paper (Archer & Caldeira) did, but the points brought up in Miller et all likely make that analysis incorrect.

In any case, it's just another illustration of how such seemingly vast forces as the Earth's wind patterns actually represent only really quite limited amounts of power that could be tapped. Renewable energies are not the panacea they are hailed as... wherever you remove energy from a system, it will have some effect, and there is no way to escape that.

What strikes me is how much smaller and less abundant that paper makes our planet seem. It brings home the adage that we either need more planets or we need to scale back our economic consumption of the only planet we have and may have at our disposal.

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