As wind farms remake landscape, our reactions must matter
When the look, feel and aesthetic value of a landscape is to be altered in a permanent and extremely visible way there must be room for emotion. To confine the regulatory consideration only to the mechanics of access roads, lease terms and transmission lines misses an essential community value; that is, our view of place is often shaped by its visual impact.
December 21, 2011
by David Van Gilder
in The News-Sentinel
Emotional impact of vast fields of towers should play into regulation
Two summers ago, I took a road trip with my daughter to iconic places on the Great Plains and Mountain West - the Badlands in South Dakota, Devils Tower and Yellowstone in Wyoming, the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, and Arches National Park in Utah.
These unique geologic wonders are impressive. They physically and emotionally define the West for me and have done so since I first saw them as a young boy on family trips.
Something new was evident on this recent trip, however, that may come to... [continue via Web link]