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Mailbag: Removal of dams would be a disaster

Mailbag: Removal of dams would be a disaster

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A physics or engineering student learns that energy is produced by various forces, but politicians do not understand.  

Their present view about wind energy is a good example. Take a look at Texas right now.

Energy is basically the result of some process of force acting on some mechanism, whether turning a windmill in the wind or turning a generator at a dam. 

An electric generator in a dam uses water height (head) energy provided by a fall of the weight of water. That is the energy producer.

If you pick up a bucket of air vs. a bucket of water, you will not be confused as to the difference in work to lift each.

Producing energy is exactly the reverse! The water weight capability vs. air ... Anyone can see why one produces way more energy!

The water (hydroelectric) energy is far superior to the energy from the wind. That is why a single 15-foot diameter turbine in a typical small dam produces more energy than a dozen or more wind generators with their ridiculous 200-foot blades.   

And which one has a more reliable source, the river or the wind? Isn’t it obvious?

The four dams on the Snake River produce 2,500 million watts of peak energy, yet many foolish politicians want to remove those dams! As they are imminent to doing down on the Klamath River in Southeastern Oregon.

The first winter or summer after that (dependent only on wind generation ...) would be a disaster!

Gary Hartman

Lebanon

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