About 700 years ago, the Black Plague spread across Europe. Today Europe has succumbed to another plague, a White Plague, in the form of hundreds of thousands of massive, white, wind turbines. The Black Plague passed, leaving no lasting effects on the landscapes. The White Plague will not pass as quickly and will leave behind blotted landscapes.
Soon, in a mere two or three decades, the quest of a few rational scientists will harness futuristic forms of energy able to “cleanly” generate power to meet earth’s energy needs with footprints no greater than today’s traditional power plants. Europeans will realize they blotted millions of acres and wasted trillions, duped by misguided environmentalists and scientists, greedy corporate leaders, and gullible politicians.
As an 84-year-old native of Minnesota, I am deeply aware of its beauty. Beginning in 2006 I made numerous extended visits from Colorado, leading to many trips between Austin and Rochester. Passing by Grand Meadow, I watched as this once “grand meadow,” spanning thousands of acres, surrendered to the White Plague as hundreds of turbines rose among the fertile fields and surrounded the beautiful farmsteads.
As revolutionary forms of energy come online, the towering mechanical giants will become extinct. Too costly to salvage, most will remain, idle symbols of past naiveté and greed.
Minnesota has allowed much of its beauty to be marred by the white ghosts. People of this great state should not surrender more of its beauty by succumbing to the encroaching White Plague.
Duane Hyland, Golden, Colo.
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