I don’t know if I’ve ever written specifically about anything local before, but hey, there’s a first time for everything. And this stupid thing just bugged me that much.
Ever since the middle of December 2002, we’ve had this so-called ‘windmill’ scarring our city’s skyline for some dumb reason or another. Apparently a few tree-huggers got together and figured they could power up at least one house with this monstrosity… but I don’t buy it.
I’ve been quite suspicious of the efficacy of this terrible turbine for some time now. I think that with the amount of wind we get and the size of the fan, we’d be lucky if the fan managed to power the little red blinking light on the top of it.
I can’t think of how many times I’ve driven by this piece of awful architecture and thought, ‘What’s making it run… it’s not even windy today!’ I’m convinced that it’s a scam. The government put up the money to fund the ugly thing thinking it would win the votes of a few ‘enviro-friendlies’ and only once it was up did someone realize, ‘Hey, this thing won’t be able to power anything!’
Not wanting to look like bad decision-makers or anything, the government-types figured they should cover their tracks so they reversed the power flow… they hooked the fan up to a power source. Now they can make the fan look all pretty as it spins and spins, easing the consciences of all our trash-producing, global-warming (paranoid) minds.
Anyway, today was the final straw. Today (a very windy day) I drove by it only to see it standing still. Someone forgot to flip the switch! That’s the only explanation I can think of.
I say take the darn thing down. Stupid fan thing.