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In the late 1800s, the Industrial Revolution was initiated in the world. It greatly reduced our dependence on fossil fuels. The impact of such activities upon the environment was not a concern at that time. After all, smoke emitted from fires had existed for millennia. No one was worried about global warming.

We are now in a new industrial revolution that uses non-fossil fuels as a means of powering society. But I believe we are making the exact same mistake as in the 1700s. We don’t consider the effects of new energy sources on our environment.

The new science behind chaos has shown that even minor disruptions in one area of the world can have significant impacts in other areas (the so called butterfly effect). What is the impact of one wind turbine extracting energy from wind (and thereby slowing down the force of wind)? What will the environmental impact of hundreds or even thousands of wind turbines in a farm?

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Common sense and experience prove that there is a local impact. You can see the wind turning the turbines and hear the sound of them turning. The science of chaos states that we do not know how much this impact will affect the physical world. The wind is a natural cooling system for the planet. If we eliminate wind energy, there will be less wind power available to transport heat from the environment around wind turbines. There may also be more heat buildup around turbines. What impact will that have on the global environment?

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