Windfall

I will be direct about this film: I did not like it at all. Why? Because it’s about rural people hating on wind turbines, hating on energy generated by wind power (which, by the way, is a form of power generation that’s nowhere near anything like blasting the tops off mountains). There are few people in this world I could dislike more than farmers and other country types who see the continuation of their quiet way of life as more important than the loud improvement, advancement, and development of their society. True, some people in this doc do see the social importance of wind turbines, but the most passionate and determined folks are squarely against them. They want peace, they want to live like the good old days, they want to retire and raise their barn animals. Unbelievable! An old lady in Tacoma once told me that she did not mind the noise of the huge military airplanes approaching or departing McChord Airforce Base because it was “the sound of freedom. ” As a city person, I do not mind the sound of the light rail or the noisy construction of a public transportation system because it is the sound of democracy. Those wind turbines the country people hate so much are the sound of the future. Get used to it or move out of the way.

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