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The Santa Fe New Mexican

New store will 'harvest water'

BTW - I really wish the New Mexican used a different system for posting comments. Signing in, having your address be where your ISP is located, and the inability to modify your profile name really makes using this system a major pain in the you know what.  (May 9, 2009 | post #6)

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Wind chill: Rural residents worry about impact of lightly...

It's interesting how many people who are not from the areas affected - let alone our state - have an opinion about the proposed wind farms. To really know this issue and it's affects one should at least have some understanding of where they are being proposed to be placed. Few would argue if they are put in promising areas - which in NM is along the eastern plains. In tourist-oriented Taos County the proposed placement is in a very marginal location by people with pull over the local politicians. Wind farms are expensive and to build them is a major construction project. They must be placed in sensible and sustainable areas as opposed to locations which are not suitable.  (Jan 12, 2009 | post #28)

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Wind energy sweeps plains; course correction in order?

Given the large size and scale of the projected wind farm towers, it would be wise for the New Mexico state legislature to seriously consider regulations for these 400 foot towers. Consideration should be given to placement, including proximity to existing communities, effects on local wildlife and viewscapes, access to large powerlines and infrastructure, and statuates regarding construction. Right now, rural counties with uninformed and under educated planning commissions are making decisions that can affect areas permanently and ruin peoples land values and lifestyles. It is time that the state take control of this increasingly important issue.  (Jan 12, 2009 | post #1)

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Wind chill: Rural residents worry about impact of lightly...

Nice clear calm morning here where wind farms are being proposed. No wind at all here this morning as it is probably 80% of the time. Maybe the wind farms need to be placed over in your area. No empirical studies are needed as you seem to already have determined that your area is windy enough to make you entertain thoughts about wind power. Oh, and did I mention before, most people here already get their power from the sun?  (Jan 11, 2009 | post #12)

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Wind chill: Rural residents worry about impact of lightly...

I'll join the others in condemning this ignorant comment from a short-sighted Texan from a wealthy Houston bedroom community. The area in which a wind farm is being proposed in Taos County is right next to a community that powers itself 100% by solar energy. It is also covered in nearly 3 feet of snow right now, and is a habitat for a variety of raptors, including golden eagles, ferrunginous hawks, and even occasionally a bald eagle. How do I know this? I've lived in the area for 25 years and have observed the wildlife patterns directly. Not only this, but the proposed site is at the low end of marginal in terms of being a productive wind farm according to all studies made to this point. The owners and proponents of the project are local bank owners who are almost too obviously looking more at the possible tax credits than anything else. Personally, I am not opposed to wind farms in principle IF - and this is a big IF - they are placed properly; meaning, in areas with optimum wind conditions so as to be be efficient generators of power, preferably close to the urban areas they would serve or else in remote areas where they would not intrude upon others. It is plain crazy to put these huge structures in one of the most quiet and beautiful areas in all of northern New Mexico if not the entire lower 48. Last I heard there is a lot of hot air being blown out of the Houston suburbs. Perhaps a 400 foot wind turbine should be put in every open lot in that area. What's forgotten in all of this is that most power use is in highly developed areas around the world. Its close to these areas that the intrusive wind farms should be built both to lower the power transmission line costs as well as to be constant reminders of what it takes to generate the power surburbanites take for granted.  (Jan 11, 2009 | post #10)

The Santa Fe New Mexican

State studies ways to halt suicides at Gorge Bridge

First off, there is no "city of Toas" and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is located in unincorporated Taos County on federal land within the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River corridor. Secondly, the amount of suicide jumpers is NOT "countless " as the writer of the article states. As someone who crosses the Gorge Bridge regularly, I'd say @ 3 per year is about average. This is a very countable number! It's sad but true that people do want out of life sometimes and will go to interesting lengths to do so. My opinion is that it would be wrong to punish the many thousands of visitors to the Gorge Bridge by putting up higher fences or nets. Sure, it's a bummer for the rescue people and I sympathize with them, but why should the many suffer because of the actions of a very few?  (Jan 2, 2009 | post #36)

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Solar home owners oppose wind farm

Eideard - in fact, we know all about the wind studies and what areas of NM are best suited for this kind of project. Our area of New Mexico is listed as "marginal " at best. The most wind advantageous area of NM is Eastern NM. Please don't assume that the people opposed to this wind farm proposal are ignorant of the facts or simply luddites. The daughter we raised here in Tres Piedras went on to be valedictorian of Taos HS and is now a MIT educated nuclear engineer - so please don't tell me about my relationship to science when you don't know me. Most people in the communities involved use solar power as their sole source of electricity and are quite tech-savvy. None of the people proposing the developments live in a sustainable manner off the grid and none live in the area so they do not have a first hand idea of what the winds reaaly are like.  (Dec 7, 2008 | post #12)

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Solar home owners oppose wind farm

That's weird - my comment shows me as being from somewhere in IL? What's up with that?  (Dec 7, 2008 | post #10)

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