The anti-wind power group will tell anyone who'll listen (that's usually themselves) about just how malevolent wind turbines are. To hear them talk the damned things can be half a mile away and the noise is so oppressive that it will drive you off your land. They'll even make you sick, give you a case of what the anti-windies call "wind turbine syndrome."
They'll make you sick that is unless you're an Italian or an entire Italian village or even 800 Italian villages.
Today's New York Times has a piece looking at the ancient Italian village of Tocco da Casauria (pictured above) where the locals actually have wind turbines right in their back yards and are loving it:
More than 800 Italian communities now make more energy than they use because of
the recent addition of renewable energy plants, according to a survey this year
by the Italian environmental group Legambiente.
Renewable energy has been such a boon for Tocco that it makes money from
electricity production and has no local taxes or fees for services like garbage
A quintessential Italian town of 2,700 people in Italy’s poor mountainous
center, with its well-maintained church and ruined castle, Tocco is in most ways
stuck in yesteryear. Old men talking politics fill gritty bars, and old women
wander through the market. The olive harvest is the most important event on the
Yet, from an energy perspective, Tocco is very much tomorrow. In addition to
the town’s wind turbines, solar panels generate electricity at its ancient
cemetery and sports complex, as well as at a growing number of private
I don't know, you tell me. Is it the Italians that are different than us or is it maybe their wind? Or, perhaps, could it be that the anti-wind power brigades are just full of NIMBY shit.