Does anyone share my visceral dislike of the idea, that in the 21st century, we should be building windmills?Polls have been done on that, the overwhelming majority of people disagree with you. They either really like them as I do, I think they're really elegant and cool looking, majestic and inspiring, or they think it doesn't matter how they look. Only a very small minority hate wind turbines like you do. And that INCLUDES people that live near them.
Doesn't it strike any scientifically-minded person, as a deplorable throw-back to the medieval ages. When "windmills" were one of the best of the only energy-sources available. In those pre-scientific times.
But now we have modern science. Surely this can enable us to devise better, more efficient and reliable sources of energy than anachronistic windmills. The deficiencies of which have been well pointed out by previous posters.
I live in Brighton, on the south coast of England. Just off the coast, out to sea, there seems to be a whole collection of windmills.
In a "windmill farm", as the term is. I've glimpsed them with my naked eye, but have never cared to look at them with binoculars or a telescope, to verify whether they're really there, or just a mirage.
That's because I don't like the sight or even the thought of them. They are repellent.
Whereas if a modern 21st-century nuclear power-station were built off the coast. I could look at that all day with admiration and delight!
Am I the only one to be thinking this way?
Where I am now, there's several less than a mile away, and numerous wind farms about 5 miles away. If I look in the right direction from the living room, there's one I can just see one through the trees. They're absolutely no trouble to us at all. They did turn one down for planning permission because it was on a ridge and might have caused TV interference for the village, but that's all. And they don't kill huge numbers of birds either, they kill about as many birds as a single house per year, and far less than the cats from inside the house.
Very few people think nuclear power plants are cool-looking. They're just squat buildings most of the time.
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