Windmill Controversy

We’ve gotten a few interesting responses to a letter about the windfarms going up all over southwest Minnesota today.

The letter-writer points out that the windmills are noisy and have bright red lights, and that it can be annoying to live near them.

I believe it. However, I do know at least one person who might like living near a wind farm: my dad.

My dad is a highly educated, intelligent person, and for the most part he’s a lot less eccentric than I am. But for the last few years, when he wants to relax or just go for a drive, he heads up to the local wind farm, parks near one of the massive windmills and just hangs out there for a while.

He finds the woosh-woosh-woosh sound soothing, which kind of reminds me of something I read that advised putting a fussy baby on a washing machine to calm him down. They like the repetitive, soothing sound and I suspect adults don’t really grow out of that either.

On a more intellectual level, dad finds the windmills pleasing because they represent progress and a small step toward more sustainable energy, something he and I both find important.

I like to relate this to Genesis 1.28: And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."

It’s our world and we need to use it wisely and take care of it. Windmills can be a part of that.

I can certainly see that some people would find the constant woosh-wooshing of the windmills to be irritating. I’m glad someone wrote a letter to the paper to let people know about it, too. Much better than having someone be surprised later on.

At the same time, not everyone finds the windmills annoying, and if my dad got the chance to live near one, he might jump at it, especially if it didn’t involve living too far out in the country.

I’m not so sure myself; I’d have to sit under one and listen for a while to see how it is. But it might be nice.

2 thoughts on “Windmill Controversy

  1. In Kulm, N.D., they celebrate the wind farms every year with a city-wide celebration called WindFest. The turbines mean money and a future for the town.

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