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Windmills And Texas Heat
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Near Sweetwater: Wind Farm & Wheat Farm. Photo By Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2012.

Blurting, inelegant and undignified as it can be, still is an effective form of communication.

So here’s some blurts.

I don’t like the look of wind farms in West Texas.  

I don’t like how those rows and rows of $2 million towers that turn mechanical energy to electric energy chop up a landscape that I love.

I do like that wind energy is clean energy. I do like the tectonic shift to green energy from dirty energy.

However, I don’t like the NASA study on Texas wind farms. The NASA study that implies that windmills raise temperature.  A nine-year study from space says the state had higher temperatures during the past nine years.  Last year, the Year Texas Burned, the year some areas of the state had 100 days over 100 degrees, is still seared into our collective psyches.  
Motivated by denial, I recall that this study doesn’t demonstrate a causal connection.  It could be coincidental.  It could be we’re playing dice with the planet.

We could use a break from last year’s Texas summer, the one the National Weather Service said is the hottest ever, beating the 1934 Oklahoma summer heat by 1.6 degrees. We could use a break from the summer that had the Bastrop wildfire that destroyed about 1,400 homes, more than any other in our state’s history. But dang, it’s already hot. Lubbock had a 104-degree day on April 24.    

Again, we could be playing dice with the planet. Dang, dang, dang—it’s hot.