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Beauty or pollution?  

Credit:  Chicago Tribune, www.chicagotribune.com 24 November 2010 ~~

After reading Victor Janus Jr.’s letter (“Future energy,” Nov. 15), I finally understand the concept of perception. Where he saw beauty, I see visual pollution. For over 40 years, I have traveled I-65 between the Chicago area and Indianapolis. The area of northern White County, the site of this wind farm, was a beautiful, scenic rural area, especially in the autumn. Now there are hundreds of structures (covering about 50 square miles) that can only be described as ugly. They remind me of something Picasso might have dreamed up when investigating new ways to contort the human body.

One nuclear power plant could be constructed that would produce more power than this wind farm, take up a vastly smaller footprint, emit no carbon dioxide (just like windmills) and restore the scenic nature to our open spaces.

The people of Martha’s Vineyard opposed such an off-shore wind farm even though it would have been barely visible from land. At the time, I thought it was just a bunch of eastern elites telling the rest of the country to live as we say, and not as we do. After seeing this wind farm in Indiana, I am convinced that they were correct. Their stand against visual pollution from wind farms should become the norm throughout the United States.

— Vance Gregory Jr., Wheaton

Source:  Chicago Tribune, www.chicagotribune.com 24 November 2010

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