Military's Newest Enemy: Wind Turbines

The U.S. Defense Department has become one of the largest hurdles for wind power projects, arguing that large wind turbines can cause interference with the military's communications technology.

"Although the military says no serious incidents have yet occurred because of the interference, the wind turbines pose an unacceptable risk to training, testing and national security in certain regions, Dr. Dorothy Robyn, deputy under secretary of defense, recently told a House Armed Services subcommittee.

Because of its concerns, the Defense Department has emerged as a formidable opponent of wind projects in direct conflict with another branch of the federal government, the Energy Department, which is spending billions of dollars on wind projects as part of President Obama's broader effort to promote renewable energy."

More than 9,000 megawatts worth of wind energy projects were stalled or cancelled in 2009 due to concerns over interference.

Full Story: Wind Turbine Projects Run Into Resistance

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Great...just great.

So, the US military would rather maintain the status quo of America's fossil fuel addiction that causes no end of human suffering, displacement, poverty, ignorance, violence and terrorism in the Third World and, now, here at home, than support attempts to find alternative sources of energy.

It couldn't possibly have to do with keeping the oil and weapons companies in business, now, could it?

Radar echoes and aircraft navigation.

So, the US military would rather maintain the status quo of America's fossil fuel addiction

No.

The military is likely lacking enough brainpower to figure out the issue due to the two unwinnable wars we are waging. NOAA has a plan to lessen the impacts of wind farms on weather radar, so its not as if no one is working on the problem or can't figger out what to do.

Best,

D
(USAF vet)

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