Thursday, May 20, 2010

Let me explain where I’m coming from.


(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GENERATOR, AT THE HUB OF THE PROPELLER, IS NEARLY AS BIG AS MY HOUSE, LIKE A GIANT OVERSIZED AIRSTREAM TRAILER.)

To begin with, here are definitions from Wikipedia:



NIMBY (an acronym of Not In My BackYard or, much less frequently, Not In My Blue Yonder) describes the opposition of residents to the nearby location of something they consider undesirable, even if it is generally considered a benefit for many. Examples include: an incinerator, an ethanol plant, a nuclear-power plant, or a prison.



BANANA (an acronym of Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything or possibly Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone) is a term most often used to criticize the ongoing opposition of certain interest groups to land development.



CAVE People (an initialism for Citizens Against Virtually Everything) is a pejorative acronym for citizen activists who regularly oppose any changes within a community. The phenomenon is linked to the so-called NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) phenomenon in which residents oppose a development as being inappropriate for their local area.



Recently, ...yesterday, a friend and neighbor remarked, regarding the proposed Wind turbine project on Bent Mountain:

“Its clean, not a fossil fuel and not dependent on anyone.

If the windmills would work on my land I'd gladly give it for the betterment of the next generation.”

I was compelled to respond:

Clean energy? Images of pristine, sparkling white pinwheels on the distant horizon can be misleading. For those of us who have grown up enjoying the wonders of the natural environment, we have witnessed decades of intrusion on the natural environment on Poor Mountain by communications corporations along Honeysuckle Lane. No honeysuckle up there, probably never has been, just dump piles of old concrete and steel and tower parts and more and more towers, all providing greater access to more people, more construction, clear cutting, wildlife habitat removal. Clean, NO!!!

not a fossil fuel ? True. These behemoth super-industrial scale wind turbines rely on heavy metals in the form of massive batteries to keep the blades moving during periods of no wind. Physically, the energy consumption to provide the torque required to start these giants from stop negates too much of the energy they generate in optimal conditions.

and not dependent on anyone. Except the taxpayer. Federal grants, subsidies and incentives are in the trough for consumption by big corporations including manufacturers, installation developers, power companies, construction companies and a never ending string of monetary beneficiaries.