The Inconvenient Truth Of Wind Turbine Radar Blackout Zones

The supposedly world-saving wind turbine has been singled out as a potential danger by the military, as the rise of wind farms threatens national security - by creating radar "blackout zones".

Spinning turbines are "indistinguishable" from aeroplanes on radar systems, according to the New York Times, which is reporting a growing rift between those who want renewable energy sources spanning the country and those who want an America free of radar holes. Radar holes which could hide attacking terrorists flying aeroplanes bought off the Russian black market.

Although there have been no turbine-related security incidents yet reported, Dr Dorothy Robyn, deputy under Secretary of Defence, says they cause an "unacceptable risk to training, testing and national security". What with this and Senator Feinstein banning solar panels as well, it looks like the US may as well resign itself to getting most of its energy from setting fire to dead stuff for the foreseeable future. [New York Times]

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