Power of Wind: Nicholas Kraemer

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I love being Canadian. I love the rich forests of BC, the open plains of the prairies, the rivers of Quebec and Ontario and the beautiful oceans of the Maritimes. I love almost everything about Canada, including the fact that it has all the benefits that a modern, industrialized society has to offer. I love my country’s great natural beauty, and its society but I also understand this society sometimes comes at a price. People need power, and power has to come from somewhere.

Coal, oil and other fossil fuel based industries require limited supplies and cause irrevocable harm to our land, while our solar and ocean based technology still hasn’t matured enough to provide reliable power to all of Canada. Nuclear fission has unsolvable waste problems and nuclear fusion is still a farfetched dream, too far away to alleviate Canada’s energy crisis. Hydro is fine, if you ignore the swathes of land that are required for a reservoir. This leaves wind energy. Wind is almost everywhere in Canada, and the technology exists today to construct wind farms throughout Canada, both on land and offshore. The wind itself if free and, once constructed, the maintenance of wind farms is low, but better yet, wind technology is improving all the time, allowing wind farms to become both cheaper and more efficient. Best of all though, wind energy has no emissions and an incredibly small impact on the environment.

This means that if Canada devotes the willpower towards pursuing wind energy then we can start making the all-important switch from powering our society with the burning of fossil fuels, to renewable and clean sources. That is why I am a friend of wind energy. It gives us the capacity to energize our wonderful society, while preserving what I love about Canada.

Nicholas is currently a grade 12 student in Coquitlam, BC. He plans to go on and study Engineering at university next year. Nicholas hopes to eventually become equipped with the skills necessary to design and innovate new, more efficient ways of doing the necessary things that make our society run.