Regarding the look of turbines “the problem can be mitigated if you build outside urban areas”. This shows a shocking lack of understanding of how turbines can effect harmfully certain rural landscapes. In fact, one might say that by nature they are more suited to already industrialized ‘edge of city’ landscapes. Well intentioned promoters of the technology really need to stop digging their head in the sand when it comes to this issue, and more research needs to be done into how to successfully site the machines in places where they will cause less harm to landscape.
As manufacturing continues to decline, so does our ability to innovate. In the long term, this means fewer well-paid jobs, lower productivity, declining wages, declining living standards and low economic growth. Globalization is a big part of this decline and will affect all jobs and all sectors of the economy. From the point of view of multinational corporations and Wall Street investors, globalization is probably viewed as a wonderful phenomenon with many opportunities. But from the point of view of American manufacturers, manufacturing workers, the middle class, professional service workers and overall economic growth, I think the disadvantages far out weigh the advantages.