Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wind Turbines

Some interesting Videos on wind turbine problems and failures.

Nortank wind turbine failure, Denmark. Note spread of failure?
Slow motion failure:


Wind turbine fires:

Bent blade:

Delaminated blade:

Turbine fire in Spain

UFO hit?

Gear box failure:


Monday, April 20, 2009

Fatties cause global warming

Another shoe drops in the global control:

The Sun 2009.04.20

Dr Phil Edwards, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Moving about in a heavy body is like driving in a gas guzzler.” Each fat person is said to be responsible for emitting a tonne more of climate-warming carbon dioxide per year than a thin one. It means an extra BILLION TONNES of CO2 a year is created, according to World Health Organisation estimates of overweight people.

Dr Phil Edwards said: “We need to do a lot more to reverse the global trend towards fatness. It is a key factor in the battle to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change. “It is time we took account of the amount we are eating.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Scientific Approach

A good reminder on science is posted on WattsUpWithThat.com

Consensus climate science: What would Thomas Huxley say?

A couple excerpts include:
Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895) was one of the first and most vigorous promoters of modern scientific thinking.

Science is never certain
The pretension to infallibility, by whomsoever made, has done endless mischief; with impartial malignity it has proved a curse, alike to those who have made and it those who have accepted it.
-Science and Hebrew Tradition, Preface, p. ix

Huxley wrote: “No man, nor any body of men, is good enough, or wise enough, to dispense with the tonic of criticism”

Science doesn’t operate by consensus
My love of my fellow-countrymen has led me to reflect, with dread, on what will happen to them, if any of the laws of nature ever become so unpopular in their eyes, as to be voted down by the transcendent authority of universal suffrage.
-Science and Christian Tradition, p. 252

Huxley was worried that citizens would decide to vote against, for example, the laws of gravity. Undoubtedly, he would be equally concerned if scientists declared that a scientific assertion was true because, after a vote, a majority of them had agreed it was so, i.e., proof by “consensus.” Just as a vote of citizens doesn’t make a scientific fact true or false, neither does a vote of scientists make a fact true or false. Only empirical evidence does that.