Wind Farms: the Good, Bad, and Ugly

Wind Farms:
The Good, Bad and Ugly
Rosalie Breidenbach
Axia College

Windmills have a rich and fascinating history.   Humans have been using the wind to do such things as water herds and gardens; grind grain and corn.   The Dutch have had windmills for hundreds of years and have some beautiful structures.   In the twenties and thirties, there were farm families that figured out how to use wind power to bring electricity to their farms before power companies entered into rural electrification.   My grandmother tells me she did not get power to their ranch in Spray, Oregon until 1953.  
There are the good, bad and ugly sides of the wind farm issue that is rapidly sprouting up in areas all over the country.   There are more windmills in Eastern Oregon than there are trees.   The wind farms are a hot topic around here, both for and against them.   What are the sides of the issue of wind farms?
The Good
There is wind in all parts of this diverse planet on which we live, though more in some areas than in others.   That is why areas like Eastern Oregon, parts of California and other particular areas of the country and the world are seeing fantastic growths of wind farms while other areas are not.   Power generation using wind farms is not an exact science, but is continuing to evolve as it has for centuries.   The modern power generating windmills are incredibly sophisticated and do not actually require much human intervention once they are running properly.   The only thing they need is regular maintenance by a trained technician.   The need for trained technicians is growing daily, and looks as if it could be one of those careers of the future.   With this, it is not only the power being generated that could power America‚Äôs future, but also the jobs created.
There are many benefits to using the wind for electricity.   First, though, we should take a look at how the wind turbines work.   Blades, which can be as much as 200 feet long, are attached to gears that turn the...