In an exchange with a wind worshipper, I realized the wind industry has a perfect answer to urban sprawl and other such “environmentally sensitive” dilemmas. Wind worshippers say turbines are “beautiful” and environmentally friendly and don’t have impacts on the environment that are negative.
Next time urban sprawl comes up, point out that as long as the homes are spaced as far apart as turbines and have no more than a 300 foot radius around the house designated as part of the home site, their impact is nil. Roads would be dirt, of course and only between the houses. With that type of a development, you have no industrialization or negative impacts. None. Can’t even call it anything but rural, you know, like a “housing farm”.
Oil derricks spaced as far apart as wind turbines are also doing no environmental harm by being there. They have no more of a footprint than the turbines. They have no more visual impact, either. The derricks just blend right in like the turbines do.
One could run in any type of activity that was spaced as far apart as turbines, no more than 400 feet in height, and have no impact. There is still open spaces and wildlife is unaffected. After all, if a 400 foot spinning tower that creates ground vibrations, shadow flicker and changes the wind intensity in the area has no such negative effects, anything that is similar is OK.
Killing eagles and other raptors and birds can be ignored “for the good of the public” where housing is needed, etc. You know, the “greater good”.
As for beautiful, there was a time oil derricks were considered beautiful, especially when one thought of the money to be made. The same is now true of wind turbines—lots of money coming in so they look great. Complaints that oil and coal and gold, etc, industries left behind a mess should not be introduced by the wind worshippers since, trust me, your grandkids will be wondering how to deal with that mass of steel and concrete willed to them by the same greed all other environment messes were left behind by. There are literally thousands of turbines, with steel to recycle, blades that are made of a chemical composite, hydraulic fluid and massive chunks of concrete left in the ground. I’m sure future generations will thank the wind worshippers.
Beware of the photos pedaled by the wind worshippers. They are masters at photographic manipulation. One typical example is a coal plant at dusk or dawn to make the white steam plums look dark and ominous. Turbines are photographed peeking out from behind a hill with deer in the front of the photo. I had a person complain I made wind plants “look bad” because I photographed exactly what they look like, not neatly cropped with a fuzzy animal in the photo. I guess reality was not to introduced to the issue.
My next post will have turbine photos.