A Washington Post columnist, Anne Applebaum, is tilting against anti-windmill activists who are resisting wind-power projects around the country. Some of them say wind-powered generators are unsightly; others, the old saw that they kill birds.
Applebaum’s recent column includes a photo of the gorge’s own windmills, near Wasco, east of The Dalles (site of its own future wind-power project), though the anti-windmill movement appears to be an East Coast phenom. The attitude is not NIMBY, says Applebaum, but BANANA — Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything.
BANANA is a useful acronym, no doubt, for Oregon’s ongoing land use conversation. Along with one more: SALAD — Should be All Land is Acceptable for Development.