Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Wind Farm


On one of our tie-dye vending trips over the summer we made a special point of planning our route home to pass through a large wind farm in the area.  I've seen many windmills, but only once (along the Columbia) have I seen a large number of them all in one place.  They are sort of eerie in a way.   The way they spin and tower over you.  The way they stand in row after row against the horizon.  The place had a rather surreal feeling to it.  But, cool, too.  A charged sort of atmosphere which seems quite appropriate.  I sure admired them spinning away--making lights turn on, ovens heat up, washing machines churn--from wind, from air.
I know wind turbines have problems of their own--like birds hitting the blades and the changes of pressure caused by the spinning action which can harm bats--but coal and oil harms birds and bats, too and  I would venture to say that their impacts are much farther reaching and harder to mitigate.  In places like this--where the winds blow almost constantly across the plains--I think it is a superb that we're trying to harness that force to provide the electricity we so desire.   
Solar power, wind power, and reducing our demand for electricity (that last one it a big one!).  I hope to keep seeing more and more of these things in Montana and around the world.

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  1. My father was so excited when they finally allowed the turbines in our area (what a fight! why??) anyway he and his brothers and sisters(aka the retirees) would go and check out the progress. Sadly he passed before they finished, but as I look across the hill and see many of those grand machines spinning slowly away, I think of my father and how he would have enjoyed the sight.

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    1. There is great resistance to them for reasons I cannot quite understand...

      Thanks for sharing this story with me. They are quite the sight.

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  2. Studies looking for dead birds found very few, much less than the ground covered in dead birds like I had always heard.

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