While visiting our 1940-era Brant Beach home for the 21st summer since buying it in 2000, I’ve been catching up on the latest wind farm pro and con news in The SandPaper. There is lots of info, studies, alleged science, anecdotal stories and strong opinions to assimilate. Actually, it’s a bit too much for most mortals to assess regarding the net impact on climate, shore environment and the local economy.
It got me thinking as I sit at our high top teak bar table that was our first big purchase in summer 2000. That table has already equaled the expected full life of a wind turbine. If we keep it reasonably maintained via teak oil every few years, it’s likely to host our favorite beverages during the construction, operation and death of the LBI wind farm. I likely will be able to watch the removal of the expired turbines from the same table unless the farm is simply abandoned and remains as unsightly beach conversation piece. Imagine The SandPaper opinion pieces in 2050 regarding funding for turbine blade removal.
Teak tables won’t save the planet, but neither will something that is born after and dies well before a nice piece of wood. Maybe all of this could be summed up in three words: 20 years – really?
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