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The huge wind turbines illustrated here do not look ugly to me. They don’t blight the landscape. I thought the issue of birds and bats being disrupted or even killed by the spinning blades was shown to be minimal, even less than tall buildings. Your article makes me realize that I am ignorant of some current information, such as, how are multiple farmers and multiple near by residents responding to the operational presence of wind farms or even a single giant turbine; what are actual statistics relating to environmental impact; what are the long term costs of wind farms? From my limited perspective,they are good for the environment. I like how farmers can be paid a subsidy for the structures and that they can cultivate closely around the mills.Some photos I’ve seen of giant wind turbines are “ugly”, but the ones illustrated here and most other places look like awe inspiring giant graceful sculptures to me. The thought that farmlands are natural landscapes is false (even though they are beautiful and a welcome relief from urban “vistas”). Farm lands are places manipulated by industry and polluted as much as many of our urban lawns. Concern about “greenwashing” is quite valid. It is very possible that government and labor-business support is not based on environmental benefits, but rather short term financial and political gain. As far as people changing their stand on environmental issues, it does happen, whatever their motivation. I commend this publication on it’s presentation of environmental concerns and thought provoking articles.
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