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  •  I think they look majestic (7+ / 0-)

    The last time I was on the Wyoming/Colorado border there were two wind farms.  There may be more now.  They look incredible to me on the plains.

    I'm the Left that Rahm's mother warned him about

    by Militarytracy on Sat May 01, 2010 at 06:03:57 AM PDT

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    •  So do I (9+ / 0-)

      And here in China, where there is a big push for wind, the government, aided by the media, has really changed peoples minds about windmill changing them into an object of beauty and an iconic symbol of green and clean.

      One of our local stations uses an image of a meandering line of windmills at sunset with points of light animated on the centers of the rotors to laed your eye to their logo and it's actually quite a beautiful image to watch.

      Get creative folks, good ideas need to be sold too.

      Wed April 21 07:49 - a moment of silence for Qinghai Earthquake Victims

      by koNko on Sat May 01, 2010 at 06:51:42 AM PDT

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      •  I think seeing wind farms changes people (4+ / 0-)

        I canvass for a solar company in the Bay Area. I really notice how neighborhoods seem to have personalities with regard to renewables. Some are timid and afraid of change.

        Some, (Berkeley, Kensington) are environmentally aware and educated. But the big bills (swimming pools and a/c) are in back of the hills where it's hot. So I try to help people in Dublin, San Ramon, Livermore, Brentwood etc to go solar.

        What I am noticing is that more people in neighborhoods or towns within sight of renewable energy are much more open to it than the ones with none. Even regular non-environmental types: with giant SUVs and big flatscreen tvs.

        In towns where 3 or 4 wind farms are in the distance on distant hills visible even from the local Rite-Aid big box stores, those people don't laugh at solar and renewables. They are paying up to 50 cents a kwh for their electricity and the chance to get it for 12 cents to 20 cents with solar is very appealing. You might think that's a given.

        But in towns with no renewables around, the non-eco people like that don't believe it's possible or that solar is ready, or they want to "wait till solar is cheaper" or "don't want to commit" some other nonsense.

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