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Froma Harrop needs extra wind generators in Texas. Why not Windfall, Rhode Island?


Texas supplies 28 p.c of the nation’s wind-generated electrical energy. Many of the state’s wind generators are positioned in West Texas, the place the wind blows nearly continuously. Anybody driving throughout the Texas plains has seen hundreds of monumental wind generators dotting the mesas and buttes. If you happen to go west on Interstate 20 or Freeway 287 at night time, you will note hundreds of lights blinking atop the ceaselessly turning windmills, put in, I suppose, to warn plane pilots that they’re flying over a hazardous space.


Some Texans are alarmed by the proliferation of wind generators on the Nice Plains. Individuals who reside on the plains are assaulted each day by the visible air pollution of big windmills that litter the horizon. Payments have been launched within the Texas legislature to manage the wind vitality enterprise and to evaluate its environmental influence on the Texans who reside close to wind farms.


Froma Harrop, a newspaper columnist and East Coast liberal, criticized Texas political leaders who wish to get higher management of the wind vitality enterprise. Texas Republicans are against authorities regulation, she argues, so it’s inconsistent for the Republican-dominated Texas legislature to place extra regulatory controls on the windmills that pollute the panorama of the Excessive Plains and the Llano Estacado.


Harrop doesn’t reside in West Texas. She lives in New York Metropolis and Windfall, Rhode Island. She’s not bothered by the ugliness of wind generators that scar the panorama of West Texas. In spite of everything, she doesn’t have to have a look at them.


I’ve pushed throughout West Texas dozens of occasions and have seen the enormous wind farms that blight the plains. Texas is producing greater than 1 / 4 of the nation’s wind-generated electrical energy. Isn’t that sufficient?


Nearly everybody favors renewable vitality improvement, notably the liberals on the East and West Coasts. They may really feel in a different way in the event that they noticed hundreds of wind generators from their front room home windows.


Scott Momoday, a Kiowa and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in literature, grew up in southwestern Oklahoma, on the very fringe of the Nice Plains. He wrote concerning the panorama of the West from a Native American perspective and believed that this panorama comprises many sacred locations:

To come across the sacred [Momoday wrote] is to be alive on the deepest heart of human existence. Sacred locations are the truest definitions of the earth; they stand for the earth instantly and eternally; they’re its flags and shields. If you happen to would know the earth for what it truly is, study it via its sacred locations. At Satan’s Tower or Canyon de Chelly or the Cahokia Mounds, you contact the heartbeat of the residing planet; you’re feeling its breath upon you. You grow to be one with a spirit that pervades geologic time and area.

Scott Momoday and I grew up on the identical panorama of western Oklahoma, a land of majestic views, blue skies, bloodred sunsets, and the Wichita Mountains shimmering improbably on the horizon. I agree with Momoday that this panorama comprises many sacred locations. Thus, it’s a sacrilege to deface it or make it ugly.


As for Froma Harrop, she ought to reside for a few years in Snyder, Texas, among the many hundreds of wind generators polluting the Nice Plains. Let’s see how she likes it, and when she’s accomplished her sojourn in West Texas, I want to see her return to Windfall, Rhode Island, and discover hundreds of wind generators blotting out the seascape.


Texans shouldn’t allow extra wind generators in West Texas till a comparable quantity are positioned off the coasts of Cape Cod, Martha’s Winery, and the Hamptons. Let the coastal elites pollute their very own visible setting earlier than asking Texans to additional desecrate the Excessive Plains.

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