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posted by Cactus on Friday February 28 2014, @03:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the breaking-wind dept.

Fluffeh writes:

"At the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, spoke in a session on renewable energy.

Jacobson was invited to speak at the conference because he has developed a roadmap to convert the entire U.S. to renewable energy using primarily wind, water, and solar generated energy. His detailed analysis includes looking at costs and benefits on a per-state basis, including the obvious benefits to human health from reduced pollution. One of his slides showed a very unexpected benefit, however: taming of destructive hurricanes with the help of offshore wind farms.

Jakobson's study, co-authored by Cristina L. Archer and Willett Kempton, has been published in Nature Climate Change (full text available here)."

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  • (Score: 0, Redundant) by Dunbal on Friday February 28 2014, @05:54PM

    by Dunbal (3515) on Friday February 28 2014, @05:54PM (#8645)

    It's stupid to even presume that his little windmills will be anything more than a few orders of magnitude worth of the energy you get from even a small hurricane. This is like suggesting that if everyone in a country can jump at exactly the same time a massive earthquake can be mitigated into a small tremor. But hey, people believe stupid stuff and doubt facts all the time. Because obviously all those "scientists" are just in one big conspiracy, or they're just too negative.

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