But if you used binoculars, you could see the "hallowed " ground from the wind mill farm, dadgumit.
Well, got me there.
A helpful piece of advice to those in opposition: Just say you don't want the damn thing in your neighborhood. At least you'd gain the sympathy of half the population in Southwest Virginia - the half that complains about skyrocketing energy costs (AEP!) but refuses to do anything to lessen their own burden.
Anyway, here's the latest:
Examiner: Toss Highland Co. wind farm complaintI've never quite understood why people (in this case in Highland County) see those windmills (that I find quite majestic) as being grotesque but have no problem with all those abandoned, rotting, decaying, crumbling, disease-infested houses and factories around every turn. Scenic beauty? Make me barf. Personally? I would think - if they were concerned about scenic beauty - they'd go after all those double wides that haven't had occupants since ... well, probably since that epic Civil War battle took place on that mountaintop in the far distance.
By Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times
A complaint that a proposed wind farm in Highland County will ruin the view from a nearby Civil War battlefield should be dismissed, a hearing examiner with the State Corporation Commission ruled Monday.
The recommendation, which now goes to the full SCC, appears to give a green light for developers of the first commercial wind farm in Virginia.
Highland New Wind Development has said it plans to begin construction this spring of 19 turbines that will tower 400 feet above a ridge along the West Virginia line, capturing enough energy from the wind to provide electricity to 12,000 homes.
Opponents say the wind farm will mar the scenic beauty of Highland County and undermine the historical significance of the Camp Allegheny Battlefield, which is just across the state line in Pocahontas County, W.Va. [link]
But to each his own. They howl about the cost of electricity. They howl about solutions that would reduce the cost of electricity. They howl about Civil War battles that never occurred. They probably howl at the moon.
The world we live in.