Thursday, December 13, 2007

Delaware, Appalachian State and Wind Power

Professor John Whitehead of Appalachian State University (the same ASU the University of Delaware plays tomorrow for the NCAA 1-AA football championship) takes note of Delaware's wind power debate and the upcoming game in the blog, Environmental Economics:
A mighty wind: part XIX
On the eve of the big Mountaineers vs Chickens I-AA championship game, Delaware is considering the country's first offshore wind farm. Keep up to date on the wind issues over at Tommywonk and the football game at Gameday Central.
I don't know anything about the issue but it appears that there is little resistance and it might actually happen. This likely means that:
a) there are no rich people in Delaware that own massive beach cottages (e.g., DuPont)
b) the rich people in Delaware that own massive beach cottages aren't as bratty as the rich people that own massive beach cottages in Massachusetts (ahem, ASU beat UMass for the 206 I-AA national championship)
c) Rehoboth Beach sucks anyway
d) all of the above
Here is the official FCS website.
I posted this response:
You are right that there is little popular resistance to the proposed wind farm. As for why, it is not because Rehoboth Beach sucks--it's a beautiful place. One possible factor is that the wind turbines would be located 11.5 miles off the coast, much farther away than the proposed Cape Wind project.
If you're looking for a good guys vs. bad guys narrative, the local utility, Delmarva Power, is fighting it every step of the way.
Perhaps the fact that Delaware's residents aren't so bratty will be a factor in our favor in the game. FYI, we're called the Blue Hens, not the Chickens.
The professor replied, asking:
Isn't a hen a chicken, much like a mountaineer is a hillbilly?
It seems that some matters take precedence over using sound economic analysis to save the planet.


Blogger Nancy Willing said...

Awesome post, Tom. I hope the WNJ picks up on this tit-for-tat blog war!

2:07 PM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

Surprising as it may seem, I don't blog out of hope that I'll be noticed by the News Journal.

On the other hand, I'm delighted to have been mentioned in Environmental Economics, which is a very wonky blog indeed.

2:26 PM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Nancy Willing said...

Sheesh, you always misinterpret my meaning.

Ultra-Literal Wonk vs Laid-back Stream-of-consciousness Anti-wonk styles? I'd wager that is the problem.

My focus here is not on who you deem to impress, Tom, but rather on the fact that this is a neat little pickup for the entire state to enjoy.
And that that ain't gonna happen unless the cat gets off the intertubes and digs her claws into some real-time distribution outlet.


3:54 PM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

I take it I would be the Ultra-Literal Wonk in this taxonomy.

The exchange with Professor Whitehead was fun, and makes for some modest entertainment. Hey, even policy wonks can joke about football teams and college mascots.

5:49 PM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

By the way, Ultra-Literal is considered a kind of humor, which is why nerds and kids like puns.

Case in point:

Q: What's brown and sticky?

A: A stick.

6:04 PM, December 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What frst popped in my mind, was not a stick.

4:58 AM, December 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the professor's jealous he doesn't have 40 mph winds off the Atlantic to power his toaster. God bless the people of Rehoboth Beach and Lewes for their consistent, strong support for the wind farm. Come visit it in 2014, Professor!

7:29 AM, December 14, 2007  

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