Now this is forward thinking and good big D design. Convert unused oil platforms off the coast of Texas to wind energy.
Again from Wired's February 2007 issue in an article titled, "Inherit the Wind".
Use what you have, change it for a different end result and maintain/take advantage of a core function. Great idea and better execution.
Now if people would get off the 'NIMBY' problem of thinking wind power is ugly. I can't tell you how joyous I felt when we got to Maui two weeks ago for our honeymoon and the island winds pushed back the clouds from West Maui and I saw the wind towers on the mountainside. How lovely and joyful. (If you had the same view of wind energy that I did, you'd probably welcome any wind-based energy contraption as well. I mean who gets excited about these things and isn't in the field?) Even if you're not all ga-ga over 'green' energy, it's not that ugly. It's a streamlined windmill. And it's sure prettier than smog, dang it!