Windmills defile Irish landscape

There are 30 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jun 4, 2010, titled Windmills defile Irish landscape. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

On a recent trip to Ireland, I witnessed a scene which reaffirmed my opposition to windmills in the Berkshires.

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Sanity

Midland, TX

#1 Jun 5, 2010
They don't look great on the plains of Kansas, either...
Jeffrey Reel

Poughkeepsie, NY

#2 Jun 5, 2010
I wonder if the people of Killarney share your sentiment. Something tells me that if they did, you would share that with us too. But what if most of the people who actually live there actually appreciate the windmills? That isn't a significant thought to you? Sorry to spoil your Kodak Moment. I happen to believe they are majestic and do not spoil the landscape.

It is amazing to me that some people react as they do to the presence of windmills. Do you know what I find find to be more disturbing to the sight?

1. Strings of telephone polls that are present most everywhere one turns... Not that windmills will diminish the miles of wires. The wire conduct electricity; they do not generate it, but our eyes have become accustomed to this ubiquitous eyesore. We simply don't "see" them anymore when we look out upon landscapes. But show us one windmill and the Letters to the Editor flood in.

2. Smokestacks from plants generating electricity, and the sulfurous plumes of smoke belching from them. Of course, you won't find one in your backyard in the Berkshire Mountains. That's why one windmill gets you all hot and excited and agitated. A windmill among the pines.

You scream for more oil, and more off-shore drilling. You blame the President for not "fixing" the spill and for not showing enough righteous indignation at BP, while - at the same time - you justify BP. You scream for nuclear. You scream for coal.

But build a windmill and, Oh My God, the sky is falling.
Jeffrey Reel

Poughkeepsie, NY

#3 Jun 5, 2010
The only research into the public attitudes toward wind farms among the Irish was a survey published by Sustainable Energy Ireland.

While 80% of people were in favor of increased wind farm construction, those living adjacent to the sites had other concerns. Some 12% of those close to wind farms believed they devalued their property while 18% said they damaged the scenic beauty in their area.
On The Road

Longmeadow, MA

#4 Jun 5, 2010
There is no such thing as an "ugly" windmill.
Patrick

Hatfield, MA

#5 Jun 5, 2010
Jeffrey Reel wrote:
I wonder if the people of Killarney share your sentiment. Something tells me that if they did, you would share that with us too. But what if most of the people who actually live there actually appreciate the windmills? That isn't a significant thought to you? Sorry to spoil your Kodak Moment. I happen to believe they are majestic and do not spoil the landscape.
It is amazing to me that some people react as they do to the presence of windmills. Do you know what I find find to be more disturbing to the sight?
1. Strings of telephone polls that are present most everywhere one turns... Not that windmills will diminish the miles of wires. The wire conduct electricity; they do not generate it, but our eyes have become accustomed to this ubiquitous eyesore. We simply don't "see" them anymore when we look out upon landscapes. But show us one windmill and the Letters to the Editor flood in.
2. Smokestacks from plants generating electricity, and the sulfurous plumes of smoke belching from them. Of course, you won't find one in your backyard in the Berkshire Mountains. That's why one windmill gets you all hot and excited and agitated. A windmill among the pines.
You scream for more oil, and more off-shore drilling. You blame the President for not "fixing" the spill and for not showing enough righteous indignation at BP, while - at the same time - you justify BP. You scream for nuclear. You scream for coal.
But build a windmill and, Oh My God, the sky is falling.
Very well put..
Biker babe

Queensbury, NY

#6 Jun 5, 2010
Are you people considering what these windmills are doing for our WORLD or just thinking about what things LOOK LIKE! Our world is not up for review on HG TV! Who cares what you tree huggers think anyway? I suppose it's OK though in your little minds though when rivers get made into dams to produce electric! People that are concerned about looks should keep that thinking process in your homes. I would love to come to your houses and see what I think is ok with you or does not look good in your house. This is a totally different world we are living in now and is NOT going to get better with your tree hugging mentality!
nathan 2010

Glendale, MA

#7 Jun 5, 2010
Give me a break! So what would you rather...sulphuric acid clouds of coal dust hanging over the irish valleys? That's what it was like not that long ago! Get off your bucolic butt by helping to get rid of America's thirst for fossil fuels. It's much better to have a few windmills than the horror being experienced now in the gulf.
Biker babe

Queensbury, NY

#8 Jun 5, 2010
Perhaps you like the LOOK in the gulf now that we have destroyed the way of life out there so you could drive your gas powered motor! Electric cars don't look so bad now, do they?? BONEHEAD!
Clayton Beauchaine

Springfield, MA

#9 Jun 5, 2010
I agree that windmills are not the prettiest sight, but they won't dump a billion gallons of oil into the gulf or anywhere else for that matter. Its time to go green and wind mills are a big part of that. I wonder what the people of the gulf think of their senic views?
Michael

Albany, NY

#10 Jun 5, 2010
Your landscape won't be worth much once climate change has killed have the indigenous plants because of temperature and precipitation changes, and you can't go out to enjoy it because more insects carrying more infectious diseases make it more dangerous to be outside.

I don't love the look of windmills either, but please get a sense of proportion. Do you care about your actual environment, the actual plants and animals, or just how they look through your car window as you drive by?
Cranky Joe

Chicopee, MA

#11 Jun 5, 2010
And what is your alternative?
cbb

Indian Orchard, MA

#12 Jun 5, 2010
As a replacement for the traditional energy sources, long time energy authority Robert Bryce explains why renewable, alternative energy is a delusion in his new book, Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future. That conclusion is a matter of math and science, not ideology.
On the Road

Middlefield, MA

#13 Jun 5, 2010
Paying higher energy is not a solution
professor

Cohoes, NY

#14 Jun 5, 2010
Terry has much more money than brains. She spends money on European vacation, adds carbon by flying planes and driving cars , She is self centered creature which tell everybody, how people should live. These massholes dermoRATic tree hangers are the worst enemies of progress, life and humanity, Environmental terrorism in action!!!
professor

Cohoes, NY

#15 Jun 5, 2010
I hate so called "modern art" exibited in MASSMOCA. For me it is just pieces of disgusting s*h*t.
But I am not calling for shuting God damned place doewn. Let South County eggheaded bums go there and enjoy it. They are hopless mentally challenged massholes anyway.
Michael Lavery - Becket

Liberty, TX

#16 Jun 5, 2010
Having also just returned from Ireland myself I had to share my totally opposite reaction to the wind turbines. My reaction was favorable and I thought the Irish are ahead of the US in sustainable energy.
The town Terry Flynn meant to say is Kilgarvan, a farming community. I did travel on the ring of Kerry and to Killarney, near the town. The Irish as many other European countries have a longer memory than most Americans. They remember the 70's and gas shortages, the associated long lines etc.. Belgium said never again, at that time, and has converted to wind energy in a big way. The Belgians produce 568 Megawatts of electricity using wind.
Jobs that are required to install and maintain wind turbines cannot be exported to other countries. Man-made disasters are limited in scope and nature, and almost eliminated. Power can be produced closer to where it's needed and thereby reduce line loss. Sustainable energy needs to happen soon in this country.
We are borrowing form the Chinese to pay the Middle East. Our addiction to light sweet crude has to end. Do a web search on mountainto removal mining if you want to see a real definition of defiling a mountain top. The coal industry has poisoned and polluted our water sources time and again.
I would encourage you to do some research. Wind turbines are beautiful.
lenox lady

Sandisfield, MA

#17 Jun 5, 2010
I disagree. The wind farms between Copenhagen and southern Sweden are quite beautiful - kinetic sculpture, if you will.
Let it Ring

Clifton Park, NY

#18 Jun 5, 2010
go back to NYC lady
True environmentalist

Chester, MA

#19 Jun 5, 2010
"windmills" sounds so quaint and cozy, who wouldn't want to have them popping up like daisies all over the Berkshires.

Try "400 ft industrial wind turbines" as a descriptor instead. Then imagine the Taconic Range despoiled by long lines of them, blinking at night with red lights (if they're near an airport - which would include those that could be put in Southern Berkshire county on the Mt Everett massif near Gt Barrington. Not to mention the associated infrastructure of access/maitenance roads and transmission iines. No thanks - learn how to conserve energy first.
Jeffrey Reel

Louisville, KY

#20 Jun 5, 2010
cbb wrote:
As a replacement for the traditional energy sources, long time energy authority Robert Bryce explains why renewable, alternative energy is a delusion in his new book, Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future. That conclusion is a matter of math and science, not ideology.
"Authority" Robert Bryce is one voice among many. Virtually all other "authorities" on the subject -- basing their opinions on math and science -- have come to the opposite conclusion.

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