Have you ever noticed that when the wind turbines are really cookin', it's a very windy day? I always thought the wind blew naturally, but once they kick on those damn giant fans, we get 50 mph gusts. And how much electricity are we using every time they turn those fans on?

Now let's look at the term, "Wind Farm." A farm is where you raise something. Usually crops or livestock. But for those of you who don't know, there is actually a huge market for wind. Once you get a good wind farm going, marketing and selling that wind is not an easy process. The wind must be captured in special styro-magnetic containers so it doesn't die, and it can be kept for only a few months. After that, it turns into a light breeze which is not as marketable and is often simply set free (always check the 'use by' date). Freshly captured strong winds are immediately shipped to ghost towns, deserts, stormy areas and movie sets.

So when the State of Washington first proposed 244 new turbines on the Horse Heaven ridgeline, some folks were all for it because the project will create jobs. Others don't want the turbines messing up the skyline view. They had a meeting where residents could speak their mind on the issue, and not one of them mentioned the increase in wind. I mean, when you turn on a giant fan, you get wind, am I right? Sometimes I feel like I'm living in my own little world of common sense and the rest of the world is crazy. Or stupid.

 

 

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