Is Wind Power Green Paper

Robert asks…

Windmill Jobs or Wind Power Jobs?

How can someone get wind power jobs working on the windmills made by GE? I have seen commercials and read about them in the local paper saying how these new green jobs pay well and are the fastest growing job market in the US but I don’t know what it takes to get a job with General Electric working on their windmills. I am looking for more info about what I need to do to get a wind industry job. Any info about what I could expect as a salary would also be appreciated.

Windmill Farms answers:

Windmill jobs are growing in demand and what you can make as a yearly salary in the wind industry depends on your specific job. Wind Technicians, also called a wind tech is someone who repairs and maintains windmills (Wind Turbines) and they make over $80,000 per year. These positions require some technical knowledge and this can be gained by going through an accelerated wind tech training course like California Wind Tech or AEI. If I was you I would do some more research by visiting:
www.californiawindtech.com
AEI’s website

Paul asks…

what are some green friendly technology?

i need it for a school paper

Windmill Farms answers:

Solar power (generating electricity using solar panels)
Solar water heaters
Wind power (for electricity generation)
Energy efficient light bulbs
hybrid automobiles

Maria asks…

Solar Power questions?

I am currently writing a paper on solar power and I need to ask someone a couple of questions. If you would be able to help me out, that would be awesome.

1. How much would a solar power system cost that would produce all the electrical needs for the average American home? (I realize this really depends. Saying a range of prices is fine).

2. How can one potentially cut back these costs?

3. What do you think are the biggest drawbacks to a solar power system?

4. How reliable are the batteries that store the power produced from the solar panels?

5. How long do these batteries last?

6. Do these systems require much maintenance? What kind of maintenance do they require, if any?

7. How practical is it to invest in one of these systems?

Could you please say your name (your first name, at least) and your level of expertise on the subject? That would be really helpful as well.

Windmill Farms answers:

I am not an expertise with regard this subject but I do found a website that has to do with this subject. Solar panel, green energy, wind power, etc. You might wanna check out the website. It belongs to Mark Luther if I’m not mistaken. You might find the answer u r looking for over there. Best of luck to you.

Carol asks…

Why do environmentalists oppose all new power projects– even when they are 100% GREEN?

It would seem so– as they continue to oppose new 100% GREEN power projects– !

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/…

Is GW just a scam — promoted by environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Greenpeace to secure funding– or are they serious about switching to green power?– will they just oppose all new green projects, and increase the implementation costs of solar and other green energy?
Sorry — try this link–

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/21/feinstein-dont-spoil-desert-solar-panels/

EDIT- and as I have previously predicted — endangered animals will be used to sop both wind power farms and solar power farms–
Dana– I hope you are correct- as I also believe we need to move to solar and wind– but for different reasons than GW. However here in Texas the Sierra Club has opposed several wind farm projects and a low level nuclear waste disposal area. This is not the only example.
I make them out to be– I did not write that article– nor did I go before the press and oppose the project.
For example-
400 acres on top of a mountain

http://maryland.sierraclub.org/action/p0133.asp

Grassland In Kansas

http://www.heartland.org/publications/environment%20climate/article/16205/Kansas_Audubon_Society_Opposes_Wind_Farm.html

Extensive study supported- this just means slowing or stopping the project

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/resources/climate/2004-12-29-wind-power_x.htm

Now don’t get me wrong– I SUPPORT – green energy– but the environmental groups numerous legal roadblocks — slow the change to green– or raise the cost of the project. TWO years or more to get a permit for a solar farm?
I see that the not in my backyard– syndrome has surfaced.

Windmill Farms answers:

Some “environmentalists” can be called PAAAs (People Against Anything Anywhere) They are so full of misconceptions and doubts they rarely look at, or understand, evidence.

I run into this all the time and it drives me crazy. These people constantly make the wrong choices because they feel it is somehow better for the environment. They choose paper over plastic, oppose nuclear but ignore coal, fear wind turbines will kill birds, oppose making the electric grid more efficient because it will mean building more power lines. The list goes on and on.

Why do they do this? I think there are 2 reasons:

1. They have never learned how to reason. To apply critical thinking to a problem. As a result their responses are emotional and based upon misconceptions and things they want to believe.

2. They are manipulated. Call me a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy nut, but I believe the established industries, paper, fossil fuel etc. Have done an excellent public relations job to create fear of innovations that threaten their industries. The targets of these campaigns have often been “environmentalists”.

As a result these people suffer from cognitive dissonance. Evidence and reason are contrary to what they want to believe and changing their mind is nearly impossible. They end up opposing what they should support.

It is very sad and frustrating.

John asks…

thesis statement for senior research paper?

I think I’m going to write my senior research paper over the Mayan civilization and i have to have my topic and thesis statement by tmr, but I can’t think of a good one. any suggestions? or if you have a better research topic feel free to let me know

Windmill Farms answers:

Here is a paper I wrote on green energy as a freshman a couple of years ago….. (it’s saved on my computer) It’s not great, but it has some information if you are interested.

Many scientists believe that the burning of fossil fuels since the start of the Industrial Revolution has led to an increase in global temperatures, a phenomenon known as Global Warming. These scientists fear the rising temperature in the ocean waters will lead to melting of the polar ice caps, resulting in flooding of the Earth’s continents and drastic changes in weather patterns. In an effort to control the emissions of the fossil fuels that lead to Global Warming, world leaders have met to discuss ways to reduce emissions of CO2 attributed to the burning of crude oil and coal. The international community is attempting to introduce international laws outlawing the burning of fossil fuels and simultaneously promoting green energy.
In conventional energy production, fossil fuels, such as crude oil and coal, are burned to create heat. Combustion of fossil fuels introduces large volumes carbon dioxide, or CO2, into the atmosphere. CO2 is a ‘greenhouse’ gas. Just as sealed glass traps heat of the greenhouse, carbon dioxide traps heat in the earth’s atmosphere. This heat generates an increase in ocean water temperatures across the globe. In contrast, green energy production creates heat or electricity without introducing new CO2 into the ecosystem. There are three major sources of green energy: wind power, solar power and hydroelectric power.
Many industrialists believe that wind power, the energy generated as airstreams turn a turbine and create electricity, is a practical solution to reducing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In reality, capturing of this energy is expensive and inefficient as large ‘wind farms’ containing multiple windmills must be constructed at a high capital expense. The resulting electricity produced by the wind is extremely expensive. The high set-up costs coupled with the inconsistent nature of the blowing wind, makes windmills an impractical choice in the fight against global warming.
Hydroelectric power is generated by capturing the forces of water as it flows. The energy of the flowing current generates electricity in a fashion very similar to the way wind is used to create electricity. Like the wind, hydroelectric systems require a huge capital investment. The expense and the geographical restraints limiting hydroelectric power are a roadblock to its development.
Solar energy uses the heat of the sun to heat water. This water can be used directly to heat living and working areas, or the water can be heated into steam and generate electricity. Solar panels that capture the heat of the sun are inefficient because they require large surface areas and do not generate enough power to justify their costs. Solar panels are dependent upon clear access to the sun, which, on cloudy days, is not available.
While the cost of creating green energy is higher than that of conventional fossil fuels, the limited environmental impact attributed to this energy may outweigh the high cost of production. By passing laws promoting green energy production, while simultaneously limiting emissions from fossil fuels, Governments, acting together, must be willing to impose increased energy costs upon their citizens in an effort to head off global warming.

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