Impossible Dream

Don Quixote: Dost not see? A monstrous giant of infamous repute whom I intend to encounter.
Sancho Panza: It’s a windmill.
Don Quixote: A giant. Canst thou not see the four great arms whirling at his back?
Sancho Panza: A giant?
Don Quixote: Exactly.

This article details a few of the less romantic, more practical reasons for attacking windmills. For instance:

Cases of nausea, headaches, insomnia and other ills have become common enough in states with wind farms that they’ve been given a name: “wind turbine syndrome.”
 That newfangled illness is just one of a growing list of health effects, inconveniences, risks and cost considerations that have resulted in a backlash against wind farms in other states, even as Indiana is in the midst of a rapid buildout of wind energy.
New York pediatrician Dr. Nina Pierpont, who coined the term “wind turbine syndrome,” compared the symptoms to seasickness. She’s found an analogy to wind turbines: a passive weapon used by the Israeli army to disband unruly protesters with low frequency blasts. It is called The Scream.
Then there’s the annoying “shadow flicker.” It comes from the rotating blades’ reflection, which creates a strobe light effect on nearby homes.

I don’t think you’d need to be Ted Kennedy (speaking of giants of infamous repute) to find stuff like this — The Scream, shadow flicker, etc.– annoying. Maybe more than that.

Sancho Panza: Many a man has gone to bed feeling well, only to wake up the next morning and find himself dead.
Don Quixote: That’s a proverb.
Sancho Panza: Yes, Your Grace.
Don Quixote: I don’t approve of them.

And what about PETA? Do they approve of wind turbines chopping up all those birds and bats. By contrast, fish seem to find oil platforms, well, kinda dreamy.


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