Windfarm finale (?)

To: Chris Corben <>,
Subject: Windfarm finale (?)
From: "Whittaker, Mark" <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 11:17:19 +1000
Without denying someone their right to find something ugly, the aesthetic
argument is nonsense when its consequences are taken into account. 
Taking the two extremes - your 70,000 turbines dotted along the apalachian
ridge (a stunningly beautiful part of the world), might not seem so
unpleasant when compared to a dustbowl across America's breadbasket, famine
in china, depopulation of Australia's interior (humans and critters) and all
the other more dire predictions of what global warming might do.   
These things aren't subtle either. Ice core evidence shows that when the
earth's temperature changes, it does it quickly. It flips in a scale of
years and decades, not centuries. Modern humans have enjoyed an
unprecedented 10,000 years of relative climate stability. I don't want to be
around when it ends.   
So, ugly is in the eye of the beholder, but who knows what we might be
beholding in the future.
windfarms, nukes, solar, waves, tides - whatever we can get our hands on I
Mark Whittaker

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Chris Corben
Sent: Wednesday, 17 May 2006 10:54
Subject: Windfarm finale (?)

Evan Beaver wrote:

> I find the aesthetic argument complete nonsense. Compare a couple of 
> turbines dotted on old farming land, that could still be used, to a 
> 25Ha coal power plant and the associated mining degredation.

I just have to bite at this. How could it possibly be nonsense? If people
don't like the look of them, that's how they feel about it. It isn't for you
to argue otherwise.

Personally, I found them very pleasing to look at the first time I saw them.

On the other hand, all sorts of beauty can be seen in pollution. Now the
windmills have taken on a more sinister aspect.

And by the way, you aren't just talking about "a couple of turbines dotted
on old farming land" - this rhetoric really is "complete nonsense". These
things take over the landscape in their thousands! There is talk of putting
70 thousand on the Appalachian ridge - the only real mountain scenery in the
whole eastern half of the US. Do you not think this will have a degrading
impact on the scenery? Power lines might have been beautiful once - now
there are just far too many of them to have that effect!

Cheers, Chris Corben


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