I have a completely unnatural fear of windmills. Not the cute little dutch-style wooden ones that people put in their garden but the huge wind turbines that all of those tree-hugger types tout will save the planet with their renewable energy greatness.
They are very creepy to me.
Now, first things first, I love the concept of green energy and I’m all about saving some planet Earth. This post is not about that kind of stuff. This post is about being completely freaked out by a stupid wind farm. There are a ton (actual measurement: shit ton) of wind farms and the like in California. Every time we go somewhere, I am confronted with a hillside or valley of these darn things. And, to make it worse, there is a colossal behemoth wind turbine thing in Fairfield, California, near the Anheuser-Busch Factory. Can’t go anywhere without going past that. Ugh.
This gallery of photos is the Spring Valley Wind Farm just outside of Ely, Nevada. Logistically, it is probably a great place to catch the wind necessary to generate lots of power. And, there are very few human residents that will complain about how much landscape these big propellers take. However, it totally peeves me to see some pristine desert get hogged up for a wind farm to power all of our electronic doodads. It’s kind of ridiculous really.
There are 75 wind turbines in this project and it was built in 2012. The last time I drove through here was 2005. I guess that’s progress but I liked it better without them. I did pretty much drive right up to them to take a picture and I’ll call that a win for conquering my weird phobia. But, I still don’t like them.
Anywhooo … I’m working on getting over my weird freak out over these things. It’s not totally a fear. I just can’t stop staring at them and they totally give me the oogies.
What are you afraid of?