October 12, 2005


Giant windmills energize northern Philippines (AFP, 10/12/05)

When enormous windmills began appearing on a desolate stretch of the northern Philippines coast, locals were overjoyed rather than alarmed.

The steel contraptions, standing 23 storeys high, were unlike anything impoverished families from Bangui Bay had ever seen. But they were enthusiastic nevertheless.

The 15 "giant electric fans" were bringing electricity to their homes for the first time.

"It was a joy to watch them being built," said 72 year-old Rosita Ridun, whose family earns less than two dollars a day collecting pebbles on Bangui beach for sale to construction companies.

"My grandchildren described them as giant electric fans."

Rich liberals describe them as eyesores, and not what they might by alternative energy sources.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 12, 2005 2:58 PM

Have they fixed the dead bird problem?

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at October 12, 2005 3:07 PM

Dead bird problem? HA! This is their attempt to eradicate the avian flu!

Posted by: obc at October 12, 2005 3:15 PM

In many places (not, obviously in desolate stretches of the northern Philippines coast) they are eyesores. Peter Simple has written eloquently on the subject of wind farms ruining the English countryside:

"The real question is: should everything which is still called the "countryside" be absorbed in the industrial system by which we are doomed to live? Should the principle of utility and profit, otherwise called "growth" and "the economy", rule over absolutely everything? Should nothing be left to the delight of the senses and thought and quietude or anything that can still keep a few people partly sane amid the mad uproar of machinery and the more subtle madness of all-pervasive electronic devices?"

Posted by: carter at October 12, 2005 3:25 PM

In a hundred years tourists will flock to see them. No one will ever go visit an oil refinery on their vacation.

Posted by: oj at October 12, 2005 3:28 PM

It has been instructive to watch liberals like Kennedy and Kerry scream about oil and coal and wanting a clean environment but then turn around and block windmills, nuclear, and other clean sources every chance they get.

Posted by: AWW at October 12, 2005 3:58 PM

Some of that is because what they really want is to undo industrialization and capitalism. In this they are like other leftists I could name.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 12, 2005 4:15 PM

It's the petrophiles who are the Luddites here.

Posted by: oj at October 12, 2005 4:23 PM

Sticks and stones gentlemen; sticks and stones.

Posted by: Genecis at October 12, 2005 4:28 PM

Carter: You are 200 hundred years too lat.e.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 12, 2005 5:05 PM

"Have they fixed the dead bird problem?"

It will cause the evolution of smarter birds:-)

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 12, 2005 5:07 PM

No, it's the environmentalists. I have no problem with floating windmills in Nantucket Sound.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 12, 2005 5:17 PM

The "dead bird problem" is simple obstructionism.
Who cares if a few thousand birds get killed every year at any given wind farm ?
There are plenty more where they came from.

It's not like we're covering the world with windmills, and threatening to eliminate ALL birds, forever.

The the Iranian quake, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and the recent Pakistani quake killed tens and hundreds of thousands of humans, but did nothing whatsoever to threaten the continuance of all of humanity.


Should nothing be left to the delight of the senses...

Do you object to the old "Dutch-style" windmills ?

I find modern windmills to be quite pleasing to my eye, and when an entire wind farm is going, as in Palm Springs, CA, the effect is kaleidoscopic and entertaining.

...or anything that can still keep a few people partly sane amid the mad uproar of machinery...

Wind farms are exactly as noisy as the wind itself is.


Your reference to "petrophiles" is sophistry, given that your stated position is that you're against autos, period, whether powered by petrol, electricity, hydrogen, or fusion.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 12, 2005 6:47 PM

Added bonus:

When they're done with Bush, the neo-cons can tilt at them.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 12, 2005 8:05 PM

Jim: Love that line!

Posted by: Buttercup at October 13, 2005 6:43 AM