A few months ago I came across an article that changed my perception of what is possible in Louisiana.
Look, when speaking about Louisiana right now we are faced with an unimaginable situation. It’s not just homes that have been lost, but businesses and inventory have been destroyed. The entire economic reality of Louisiana is bleak, a failing power grid and an oily shore. Reefs no longer provide protection and land is sinking. But there’s a way to take care of that. Wind mills. Yep, call me Don Quixote, because I am chasing Wind Mills in this election. I’ve got about 15 minutes before I need to e-mail this so let me keep it brief.
In 2014, Scientific American published an article about a simulation that showed off shore wind farms could knock down hurricanes. (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/offshore-wind-farms-could-knock-down-hurricanes1/).
Hurricanes are unstoppable, right? Apparently not. An intriguing new computer simulation shows that 78,000 large wind turbines spread across 35,000 square kilometers of ocean outside of New Orleans would have cut Hurricane Katrina’s category 3 winds at landfall by 129 to 158 kilometers per hour (80 to 98 miles per hour) and reduced the storm surge by 79 percent. The same collection of turbines offshore of New York City would have dropped Hurricane Sandy’s winds by 125 to 140 kph and the surge by up to 34 percent. That sounds impressive. But wait…78,000 turbines? Each one 100 meters high with a blade span 127 meters in diameter spaced about 650 meters apart and spanning a region of ocean 2.5 times the size of Connecticut? The idea sounds crazy, except for the bottom line: “The cost would be zero,” says Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. “The turbines pay for themselves through the revenue from generating electricity. The storm surge and wind protection are free—a bonus.” Actually the cost to erect such a massive wind farm, or set of farms, would be many billions of dollars.
When I originally entered this campaign, it was to do a cute data analysis and write up of the finances in the Louisiana Jungle Primary for Senate and zing a few of the violators. But this is about something different now. This is about Louisiana. This is about the thousands and thousands of people out of jobs and homeless. This is about a dream of a better Louisiana. A clean Louisiana. A happy Louisiana.
Give me the opportunity to show you what I see as being possible.
With great humility,
Danil E. Faust
Candidate for Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District.
The Solutions Project Economic Plan for Louisiana