RES/Enbridge Talbot Trail wind workers can’t read

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  1. On another issues. Those are really neat photos — I just love big trucks and machines. Comes from my Neanderthal mind set I guess…

    But think about neat and glamorous photos. Here is an interesting article that discusses that point, and wind turbines.

    “When Robert J. Samuelson published a Newsweek column last month arguing that high-speed rail is “a perfect example of wasteful spending masquerading as a respectable social cause,” he cited cost figures and potential ridership to demonstrate that even the rosiest scenarios wouldn’t justify the investment. He made a good, rational case—only to have it completely undermined by the evocative photograph the magazine chose to accompany the article.

    The picture showed a sleek train bursting through blurred lines of track and scenery, the embodiment of elegant, effortless speed. It was the kind of image that creates longing, the kind of image a bunch of numbers cannot refute. It was beautiful, manipulative and deeply glamorous.

    The same is true of photos of wind turbines adorning ads for everything from Aveda’s beauty products to MIT’s Sloan School of Management. These graceful forms have succeeded the rocket ships and atomic symbols of the 1950s to become the new icons of the technological future. If the island of Wuhu, where games for the Wii console play out, can run on wind power, why can’t the real world?

    Policy wonks assume the current rage for wind farms and high-speed rail has something to do with efficiently reducing carbon emissions. So they debate load mismatches and ridership figures. These are worthy discussions and address real questions.

    But they miss the emotional point.

    To their most ardent advocates, and increasingly to the public at large, these technologies aren’t just about generating electricity or getting from one city to another. They are symbols of an ideal world, longing disguised as problem solving.

    You can’t counter glamour with statistics.

    Read the rest of the article.

    We have big Cats — but we have no big trucks yet. After seeing those photos I want a big truck for the big Cat (D8). What can I say…??? They’re right?

  2. David; I to am ga-ga over the big toys…

    For the biggest of the big cats (sorry Caterpillar doesn’t even come close)
    check out the Komatsu D575A-3 SD

    As for light rail, I much prefer this:

    These types of systems can go down any street, across most rivers, fields, parks both recreational
    and industrial and thru residential areas without changing in any fundamental way the pre-existing use of any of those places. It has a host of other advantages as well which I can discuss at length. However, I suspect you can figure these out for yourself. The oldest one currently in operation is over 100 years old in Wuppertal Germany.


  3. Building something of use or beauty would make this a remarkable pic.
    I see only wasted dollars, vacated land and dead wildlife.
    This does not say progress to me.

  4. At least with high-speed rail the public would get something for their money. With wind turbines the public gets nothing except large increases in their electric bills.

  5. “You guys sound just like my grandson. All he wants for Christmas is a dump truck and a digger.”

    And the problem with this is…????

  6. Hey!

    I had to sell my old Bulldozer so I could buy a new fancy- swancy ceramic-convection
    electric range for my wife.

    Jeez, I really miss the old girl…

    My wife I mean, yeah, my wife…



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