NY: The new “Windy City”

As part of his plan to make New York the most energy efficient city in the nation, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed a “green” plan that could drastically change New York City’s infamous skyline and shores.
The mayor's "windmill power plan" is the boldest environmental proposal yet from the billionaire independent, who has been trying to make energy efficiency a legacy of his administration.

In a speech on Tuesday at a Las Vegas conference on alternative energy, Bloomberg proposed putting windmills on top of city bridges, and skyscrapers, and turbines in the Hudson and East Rivers.

The city is looking to locate turbines at the generally windy coast off of Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island. If all goes as planned, Bloomberg estimates the turbines could provide 10 percent of the city's electricity in just 10 years.

The plan also includes the use of solar panels, possibly on the roofs of public and private buildings.

"When it takes to producing clean power, we're determined to make New York the number one city in the nation," said Bloomberg.

With only eighteen months left in his administration, the mayor appears to be quite serious with his plans. While in Vegas he had lunch with T. Boone Pickens - the oil baron who is currently preparing to build the world's largest wind farm in Texas. They spoke about possibilities for such technology in New York City. Bloomberg also gave companies until September 19 to submit innovative proposals to make the city "greener" by 2030:

"It would be a thing of beauty if when "Lady Liberty" looks out on the horizon, she not only welcomes new immigrants to our shores but lights their way with a torch powered by an ocean wind farm," the mayor said.

Wind whips up health fears

Before Bloomberg goes through with his plans, he may want to check out new research which suggests that living close to wind turbines can cause sleep disorders, difficulty with equilibrium, headaches, childhood "night terrors" and other health problems.

Dr. Nina Pierpont of Malone, N.Y., coined the phrase "wind turbine syndrome" for what she says happens to some people living near wind energy farms. In contrast to those who consider wind turbines clean, green and an ideal source of renewable energy, Dr. Pierpont’s studies have found that living or working too close to them has a downside. As a result, wind turbines should never be built closer than two miles from homes. [for more on Pierpont's findings click here]

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