The Reality of Wind Turbines on Roads
With the American wind energy industry growing at an exponential rate, this type of solution seems like a real possibility. At this point though, a possibility is all it is. President Obama has expressed great interest in boosting our off-shore wind projects, though. His envisions an America that would harvest up to twenty percent of it's power from these off-shore turbines in the next few decades. While this is a great step in the right direction, it seems like we are missing the resource that is right underneath our nose. Why spend, possibly, billions of dollars in additional expenses to ship and construct wind turbines off-shore, when we could first utilize our own interstate system? This system, located right here at home, already comes with it's own highly organized construction and electrical professionals who would require minimal training to adapt to this new project. Besides the obvious power benefits, it would also create numerous jobs in the construction and power industries positively affecting thousands of people even before the system could be used.
So what is the problem? Why aren't we seeing these turbines popping up along our nations roads? It is not for lack of design or interest. One must only perform a query on their favorite search engine to see designs, by colleges and innovators world-wide, to harness this power. With so much interest in these expensive off-shore projects, it also seems unlikely that funding is the problem. If I were to venture a guess, it would be America's current lack of interest in small business and innovation. We only seem to care about the entertainment value of these individuals, herding them into competitions and reality shows so we can ogle at their "cuteness". We would rather put our trust in the massive enterprises that have put us in these tricky situations in the first place. The same corporations who are willing to pay off your politicians to change the law in their favor. Or perhaps it is the certain political parties on the corporate payroll that see change like a scary monster in their closet. And while these folks should be held responsible for the problems they caused, they may not hold the answers that we need.
Turning our humdrum day-to-day activities into serious power generation is no less than a stroke of genius. As Americans it is time to start putting some trust in these out-of-the-box designs (like using asphalt solar collectors) and not taking 'no' as an answer. Businesses and politicians are not going to change unless the public opinion does first. If we cry out, they will have to listen, and It's time to tell them that systems like highway wind power could give our country hope for an already dim future.