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NIMBY Turns Into NIMO

Cape Wind Associates is attempting to build a wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Not all nearby residents are too happy about the plan. This Google search resulted in numerous articles and organizations both for and against the proposal.

Another company, Winenergy, LLC has at least 14 wind farm proposals pending for East Coast oceans.

Oceans aren't the only place where wind farms have popped up - we have them right here in Palm Springs, Califorina, too. They're in Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania and many other states.

This Department of Energy site says wind farms are also in Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North and South Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Not surprisingly, they're in Holland, too.

Admittedly, they're an eyesore. But, windmills are nothing new to the American landscape. They come from one of the Old Countries, too. Holland and England's national treasures have inspired individuals, as well.

Many people have installed windmills for themselves. There is much support for this form of individualism; the bibliography for small projects is amazingly extensive. Small projects are generally accepted, but the big projects meet stiff opposition.

The general concept opposing these large farms is NIMBY. I think the arguments against windmills in oceans will have to be called NIMO - Not in My Ocean.

There are good arguments on both sides. Clean energy, no pollution vs. dangers to navigation (in oceans) and scarring the landscape. But, I have to ask, are we just Don Quixote, tilting at windmills?

You know I wouldn't have missed that pun.

Surprisingly, there's an actual product called NIMBY to keep pests out of your backyard. Maybe it was all the wind farm opponents bought up these spray bottles - the product's website notes that they're out of stock until 2004.

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