Twice upon a breeze

There are those who can’t stand the thought of wind turbines, especially after they’ve seen some up close. Tim Blair, on the other hand, has found at least two semi-salutary purposes for them:

Besides cleansing the skies of untidy birdlife, it emerges that wind turbines have one other useful purpose. They are a rich source of valuable copper for French metal thieves.

Le Figaro reports that a network of French metal bandits has recently harvested tonnes of copper from around 20 wind turbines. Apparently it’s a simple matter of breaking into the turbines, climbing internal stairs to the top, then using bolt cutters to remove all the copper wiring from the turbine’s generator.

Each tonne of copper — and a single wind turbine may yield that much by itself — is worth around $A6500 in Europe, so this is very profitable work for your entrepreneurial French turbine-wrecking community.

In other news, there are entrepreneurial French.

At least getting the wiring down from up there is relatively simple, what with gravity and all.







1 comment

  1. okie1701 »

    5 June 2014 · 5:08 am

    I don’t think that’s worth the damn climb. I always fall for the: “Hey Jim? Come help me, it’ll be fun!” gag…it was not fun.

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