The Inconvenient Truth Of Wind Turbine Radar Blackout Zones

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The supposedly world-saving wind turbine has been singled out as a potential danger by the military, as the rise of wind farms threatens national security—by creating radar "blackout zones".

Spinning turbines are "indistinguishable" from airplanes on radar systems, according to the NYT, which is reporting a growing rift between those who want renewable energy sources spanning the country and those who want an America free of radar holes. Radar holes which could hide attacking terrorists flying airplanes bought off the Russian black-market.

Although there have been no turbine-related security incidents yet reported, Dr. Dorothy Robyn, deputy under secretary of defense, says they cause an "unacceptable risk to training, testing and national security". What with this and Senator Feinstein banning solar panels as well, it looks like the US may as well resign itself to getting most of its energy from setting fire to dead stuff for the foreseeable future. [NYT]


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Lemme get this straight -

These turbines create "blackout zones" - but these turbines are usually located on farmlands or mountains or some bullshit like that.

So who gives a shit?

As long as we don't have a highway of turbines running from the West Coast to the White House, then Sarah's Ruskie neighbors shouldn't be a problem.

I mean are we really concerned about a terrorist attack on Topeka fucking Kansas?