Posts Tagged ‘wind’

18th December
2009
written by Sean Noble

Wind. It’s a necessary element, right?

I hate wind. It is my least favorite element.

I’ll never forget when I decided that I hated wind with a passion. It was my senior year of high school. I was standing in centerfield in Chinle, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation during an early spring baseball game. Chinle High School apparently didn’t think having grass in the outfield was necessary. Well, you can imagine what I was dealing with standing out there with 30-mile an hour wind blowing dust around. I thought my eyes were going to be permanently damaged by dust and every fly ball was a circus act trying to judge where it was going to come down.

I decided then and there, with tears running down my dusty face (probably a combination of the dirt in my eyes and pure frustration) that I HATED wind. Nothing since then has changed my mind – it’s just reinforced it.

What could be worse than walking in 15 degree winter weather only to have to deal with wind, causing the wind chill to drive the actual temperature below zero? How frustrating is it when you are in a rainstorm and the wind is whipping your umbrella around like a rag doll? Or you are on a late night flight from the East coast headed west and the headwinds are making what should be a three and half hour flight nearly five hours?

I hate wind.

28th December
2008
written by Sean Noble

This graph shows why the push to alternative energy faces a rocky road.  We are a petroleum-based economy and $4-a-gallon gasoline had people talking up getting off our “addiction” to oil.  I believe we need to be working toward expanding our energy options – but the reality is that cheap gas means low incentive to change. 

T. Boone Pickens has picked wind and natural gas as winners in this deal.  But world markets still favor oil.  I applaud the “Pickens Plan” but it’s harder to sell when gas is less than $1.50-a-gallon. 

I still favor nuclear more than anything else.  It has smallest footprint-per-kilowatt-hour (yes, I care about unslightly stuff – like windmills and solar panels) and it is pretty much emissions-free.  If the French can figure out how to run their country on 80% nuclear (which I have seen first-hand), we have no excuses.