Windmills And Rutabagas

By: Tom Morgan

Windmills and rutabagas

Why is it that so many windmills get planted where rich people don’t live?

That is, in fact, where most of them are built.

Is this because the most reliable winds happen to churn and swirl in areas where poor and moderate-income folks live?

You have read that rich folks in the Cape Cod area have fought against windmills there. My understanding is that the windmills would not be seen from shore. They would be seen by those on yachts. People like Walter Cronkite and Teddy Kennedy. They have lent their voices to the protests.

In my state windmills have been planted on Tug Hill in in the North Country. There are some, but not a whole lot of rich people up there. Not many Cronkites and Kennedys at any rate.

It seems to me that windmills might work well in Manhattan. In fact, in all of our big cities. Picture windmills on every tall building in every city. Does it seem strange to you that no such windmills seem to get proposed? And if they don’t, would it be because a lot of rich people in Manhattan and Boston don’t want to look at them?

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Is it possible that most city folks don’t want to see and hear windmills all over their cities? Because they would be eyesores? If that is the case, why are windmills on Tug Hill not considered eyesores?

In addition to windmills, how about solar systems on tops of all buildings in cities? How about solar panels on the sides of the buildings? How about windmills and solar panels along all of our coast lines? Along all the beaches? In state parks? In national parks?

For most folks, these are the wrong places for solar panels and windmills. They would be unsightly. Which begs the question: Why aren’t they unsightly in areas where the rural poor live?

Oil wells today take up not much more room than windmills. They are clean. They are quiet. So why do people feel it is okay to plonk down a hundred windmills in an area. But it is not all right to have an oil well in the same area?


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