With our eyes wide shut
Even with our eyes open, we don't really see what's around us. As we drive down the highways we just don't register the parade of cellphone towers that intrude on our peripheral vision with amazing frequency. Nor do we take notice of the ubiquitous telephone poles, transmission lines, or water tanks, even when they are in plain sight. When we do notice them, we excuse their intrusion into the natural landscape because although they are not pretty, they are very useful to us.
With the much discussed wind turbines, it is a different matter. We notice them because they aren't yet commonplace. Many (but not all) of us see them as beautiful kinetic modern sculpture as well as being functional. They would give us pollution-free electricity. They would help us forestall climate change with it's coming sea rise. We
would breathe healthier air. Our rain would be less acidic. Fish, birds, and plant life would suffer less toxicity. Those turbines obviously pass the utility test.
When they become commonplace structures we will hardly notice them. We'll just pay little or no attention to them. They will be as invisible to us as radio transmission towers are now. All the carping about aesthetics will be ancient history. Bloggers will discover some new hot button issue. Better days are coming.
Richard C. Bartlett