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Oct 9th, 2017 at 10:56pm
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There’s enough wind energy over the oceans to power human civilization, scientists say
New research published on Monday finds there is so much wind energy potential over oceans that it could theoretically be used to generate “civilization scale power” — assuming, that is, that we are willing to cover enormous stretches of the sea with turbines, and can come up with ways to install and maintain them in often extreme ocean environments.

It’s very unlikely that we would ever build out open ocean turbines on anything like that scale — indeed, doing so could even alter the planet’s climate, the research finds. But the more modest message is that wind energy over the open oceans has large potential — reinforcing the idea that floating wind farms, over very deep waters, could be the next major step for wind energy technology
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Reply #1 - Oct 9th, 2017 at 11:08pm
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Too risky.  It'll never work.  Besides, think of all the poor coal mine owners. They aren't finished leveling West Virginia yet. 
  
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Reply #2 - Oct 9th, 2017 at 11:23pm
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"It’s very unlikely that we would ever build out open ocean turbines on anything like that scale — indeed, doing so could even alter the planet’s climate, the research finds."

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Reply #3 - Oct 9th, 2017 at 11:25pm
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The Wreath of Khan wrote on Oct 9th, 2017 at 11:08pm:
Too risky.  It'll never work.  Besides, think of all the poor coal mine owners. They aren't finished leveling West Virginia yet. 

They said that about the light bulb too.
  

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Reply #4 - Oct 9th, 2017 at 11:26pm
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USyeah wrote on Oct 9th, 2017 at 11:23pm:
"It’s very unlikely that we would ever build out open ocean turbines on anything like that scale — indeed, doing so could even alter the planet’s climate, the research finds."

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It would be a death trap for Birds, and terrorist gold mine.
  

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Reply #5 - Oct 10th, 2017 at 12:11am
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JohnnyBgood wrote on Oct 9th, 2017 at 11:25pm:
They said that about the light bulb too.


And they were right.   Tongue

It would epicallly foolish given what we know now to assume any project undertaken by man on such a scale would have no effect at all.  We MUST assume it will have an effect of some kind, large or small. 

Is it an effect we can live with and survive though?  Possibly yes.
  

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Nope.  Fusion reactors.
  
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patrick2 wrote on Oct 10th, 2017 at 4:22am:
Nope.  Fusion reactors.


*faints*

Agree.

Fusion is the future, if we ever discover how to do it.

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Reply #8 - Oct 10th, 2017 at 10:30am
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Capt. Lola B.S.C. wrote on Oct 10th, 2017 at 10:07am:
Fusion is the future, if we ever discover how to do it.




Fusion Technology is always 20 years into the future.

  
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Reply #9 - Oct 10th, 2017 at 10:36am
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The Wreath of Khan wrote on Oct 10th, 2017 at 10:30am:
Fusion Technology is always 20 years into the future.



The future may still happen yet, don't give up hope!
  

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