Common sense isn't.
The dangerous wind power plant is surrounded by fencing, warning signs, and locked gates. Deadly high voltage electric lines run under foot and over head. Windmills can be seen lining the hills in the distance.
17350 PATTERSON PASS RD [ Aerial View ]
AUTHORIZED ENTRY ONLY
THROUGHOUT THIS FACILITY
CALL BEFORE DIGGING
Nearly everywhere we looked, the hills are alive, with the sounds of windmills. Actually, roughly half of the windmills we saw were not spinning! Enxco (on the sign) is the same company that initially operated TVA's facility.
Brush fires are a problem in the area. Fire breaks, to keep fires from spreading towards (or from?) the turbines are scraped into the earth.
Patterson Pass Windfarm
14680 Patterson Pass Road [ Aerial View ]
Admittance By Written Authorization Only
For Information: Call (925) 455-3821
Larger turbines with cylindrical towers. More extensive fire break cuts are seen.
Numerous windmills cover the golden hills
Many were not operating, and many were in such decrepit states of disrepair that they obviously were no longer capable of operating.
Clearly, the natural shape of the hills has been sacrificed for terraced foundations for the decrepit windmills. No one who sees this can claim they are better for the land, or much different in appearance, than oil derricks, which would be fewer and farther apart, and produce more energy.
Altamont Landowners Against Rural Mismanagement
|Quote of the moment|
|The subterranean miner that works in us all, how can one tell whither leads his shaft by the ever shifting, muffled sound of his pick?|
|~ Herman Melville (18191891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 41, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988). ~|
Common sense isn't.
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