Skip to Content
Uncategorized

Tilting at Windmills

Bill McKibben has an op-ed in today’s New York Times that’s spot on, in my opinion: the objections to wind power turbines raised by local environmental groups are misguided and fail to consider the big picture.The example with which I’m…
February 16, 2005

Bill McKibben has an op-ed in today’s New York Times that’s spot on, in my opinion: the objections to wind power turbines raised by local environmental groups are misguided and fail to consider the big picture.The example with which I’m most familiar is the opposition by the Appalachian Trail Conference (of which I’m a member) to the proposed wind towers on Redington Ridge, Maine.

Groups like the ATC worry openly about the deleterious effects of global warming on the one hand, but oppose wind turbines for aesthetic reasons. I don’t understand how they think they can have it both ways. The solution to global warming, in the long-run, is clearly green, sustainable energy. That’s a thing of beauty in its own right.

We – and local environmental groups – need to come to the point where we find these technologies beautiful for their functionality, for the way they enable us to exist the energy-intensive world we all want to live in. Nothing less will work.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

Europe's AI Act concept
Europe's AI Act concept

A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of

The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.

Uber Autonomous Vehicles parked in a lot
Uber Autonomous Vehicles parked in a lot

It will soon be easy for self-driving cars to hide in plain sight. We shouldn’t let them.

If they ever hit our roads for real, other drivers need to know exactly what they are.

supermassive black hole at center of Milky Way
supermassive black hole at center of Milky Way

This is the first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy

The stunning image was made possible by linking eight existing radio observatories across the globe.

transplant surgery
transplant surgery

The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus

The first transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human may have ended prematurely because of a well-known—and avoidable—risk.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose WongIllustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.