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  •  Keith Pickering: for the "new hotness" but really (9+ / 0-)

    they work fine in sizes from 6 ft to 10 ft if you're generating power per user -- if we all had windmills in our backyards, as used to be common on Plains farms from Texas to Alberta, and from Iowa to Oregon, we wouldn't need these big towers or these long lines. Our national power system would be, in some ways, far more robust.

    It's harder for e.g. a terrorist (or a tree branch) to take out all the power in five states if that power's not centrally generated and then parceled out over non-hardened lines.

    ("Hardened" power generation means keeping the means of sending the power out of harm's way. The simplest means is burying the lines, but as IT folks know, this makes you subject to the ravages of the fiber-seeking backhoe.)

    REA and Co-op lights changed the world. Now, the big power companies have changed it again. Maybe one of the things we need to do, going forward, is to change it still another time -- from big, central, corporate controlled vulnerable coal / gas / oil-fired plants to wind and solar "off the grid" sources sized for homes / city blocks / neighborhoods.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 11:52:28 AM PST

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