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August 16, 2007


charlie crystle

well said, Tim.


Thanks for your kind words, James, and for the link to your work that I look forward to reading. I would much prefer we make informed choices, and this is particularly critical with new energy technology. I find that many of my fellow conservationists struggle with wanting to support clean renewable energy in theory but unable to accept its localized impacts. Those sites that could impact migration corridors are even more difficult to endorse. I have previously written about marine wind turbines and conservation values here: http://greensleeves.typepad.com/berkshires/2007/05/blowing_in_the_.html

James Aach

As an engineer who works in the power field (nuclear) I'd have to say your blog's account of marine turbines was rather a breath of fresh air - asking good questions while not dismissing the possibility they might have some value.

If you'd like a unique look at the good and bad of nuclear power from the inside (it's much different than what most proponents or opponents portray) see my novel "Rad Decision", which is posted free at my website http://RadDecision.blogspot.com and is also in paperback. Stewart Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog, has been kind enough to endorse it. One area I tried to explore echoes your comments on how people make decisions on risk vs. reward. Nature's checkbook is hard to balance, and there are never perfect answers in the energy biz - -just choices.

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