The Queen's wind turbine - Sep. 22, 2008

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Article here.

Great, it’ll replace 2 million barrels of oil and 724,000 tons of carbon dioxide in its lifetime.

But I want to know something that nobody seems to be asking: How much oil and carbon dioxide is it going to take to make the darned thing? The mining process for the raw materials, the production, the shipping, the installation… it all takes oil and makes that awful carbon dioxide stuff. (Shouldn’t we outlaw expiration? That’s a huge source of carbon dioxide.)

There’s a lot of copper in that thing, too. I’m buying copper futures. (Is there such a thing?)

These may be small potatoes compared to what it’s going to replace, but nobody seems to have those numbers.

Just wondering because nobody else seems to be.

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