I've seen it in old Columbo movies, but I've never smelled it. The many times I've visited Los Angeles in the past 20 years, there has been little-to-no smog. Since wind generators were a vanishingly-small portion of the electricity production in CA during that period, I'll assume that they played no part in the virtual elimination of smog from LA.LeftieBiker wrote:Clearly Reg has never seen pictures of Los Angeles smog, or smelled the stuff.
Since you brought up smog in a thread on Germany's Energiewende, you might be interested to learn that Germany's energy policies has been recently blamed (at least in part) for smog in Paris:
The Local wrote:Suggestions have been made that the poor air could be linked to Germany's increased use of coal power stations after Berlin decided to phase out the use of nuclear energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
The Local wrote: Writing in the financial newspaper Les Echos this week, Didier Julienne, a specialist in natural resources, said: “On European maps of particle pollution this week, the winds from the east, coming from Germany, are heavily laden with particles."
The writer pointed to the "unfavourable environmental situation" in Germany because of the increased use of coal powered stations, especially those in the west, near the borders with France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
“Effectively Germany is smoking us out,” Julienne said, adding that the last few days could be an ominous sign of what was to come.
LeftieBiker wrote:I'd be more concerned with bird deaths and noise than having to *look at* what it takes to feed our appetite for energy.
I am concerned with those things also, as I've posted elsewhere. Here's a good YouTube video on the issue of infrasound:
Plastering every square kilometer of Germany with those machines is not an answer to any problems but it WILL create many new problems. The people are starting to push back on the ridiculously-high electricity prices and in Denmark, which had similar policies, they have replaced their government to effect a major shift in energy policies. Don't be surprised to see similar things occur in Germany as more experts speak out on the subject:
Renewables Flop: Former Harvard Professor Gives Germany's Energiewende A Grade of "D": ...In A "Deadend"!