Wind Farms or
Golf - Take Your Pick
Vineyard Gazette - July 1,2003
By Sam Low
look out over a golf course, so I know what those folks who
look out over Horseshoe Shoals have in store if a wind farm
is built there. Every day, I enjoy the vista of enchanting green
swards until my view is ruined, beginning about 8:30 AM, by
the arrival of golfers. Dressed to make a pimp blush, wielding
clubs born in some NASA lab, carried about by absurd little
carts - they bounce tiny white balls off my clapboards - all
the while uttering profanities and inanities. A wind farm? You
think you got trouble? Those towers will be what - 7 miles from
the nearest land? A wind farm won't bombard you with flying
objects. Nor oaths. What's your problem?
farm opponents, I hear, object that the enterprise will a make
a profit - which is like objecting to the air we breath. Is
this a capitalist country or what? Where were you when we invaded
Iraq to assure our oil supply? When we passed the tax cuts to
reward those at the tippy top of our capitalist edifice? When
we liberalized the ownership of mass media (airwaves and water
waves - what's the
difference?) Where was your outrage then? If you don't want
folks to make obscene amounts of money move to Estonia or join
the Democratic Party - what's left of it. But don't tell me
a wind farm is evil because it will produce a profit. Grow up.
hope you will forgive my Bushian logic - but in this issue you're
either for renewable energy or you're against it. All the rest
is chaff. Put the windmills somewhere else? Well of course we
must. The proposed wind farm will supply just 1.8% of New England's
needs, after all. Take a look into the future. Barring any unforeseen
technical breakthrough in nuclear energy production - we need
dozens of wind farms in Massachusetts just to satisfy our immediate
energy needs. If we want to be renewable we're going to have
wind farms everywhere.
what's the choice here? You can agree to have 1.5 children,
drive a fuel cell automobile and cut your consumption of everything
by a half - or put up with the "industrialization of nature"
(as wind farm opponents call it.) Unless, of course, you want
to step from Peaked Hill into the lapping waters of Vineyard
Sound or choke to death on noxious gasses - or both. So what
does that leave us with? The wind farm.
- I'm already immune to the natural beauty arguments. From 8
at night to 8:30 in the morning I have all the beauty I want.
Then I have golfers. Give me wind farms any day.