I am not suggesting that folks who disagree with me are automatically wrong, so I attempted to debate the troll. Of course, I forgot, these clowns only exist to piss you off so of course, he didn't respond to my points. After several tries, I just deleted the whole mess.
Now I want to encourage comments and some around here are remarkably well written. So I do not want to shut off comments—something I can do by simply clicking a box. On the other hand, I work VERY hard on this blog and I do NOT want it trashed up with the comments of fools. I addition, I have a weak heart so I can only tolerate so much annoying behavior.
I would like to explain why this particular troll enraged me so much.
- This is obviously a pro wind-power blog. The first thing you see at the top of the page is a picture of a blade from a wind turbine. Coming here as an anti-wind troll shows about as much class as telling homophobic jokes at an obviously gay blog.
- I have been a wind enthusiast since I was old enough to successfully fly kites. I have learned to be an accomplished sailor. But more importantly, I spent part of my youth in northwestern North Dakota where the wind blows constantly. The wind is so ever-present, it has been known to drive people crazy. Wind is such an obvious natural resource, it's hard not to speculate on doing something useful with it while you listen to it howl. So I have been thinking about these problems for almost 50 years.
- In my life, I have been involved in the production of many complex and difficult things—and have enjoyed the experience. But the downside is that over time, one grows impatient with the worldviews of those who could not build a birdhouse with a gun to their heads. Converting a society built to run on premium fossil fuels to one running on wind is such a complex project, it literally makes shivers run up my spine. It is a project so difficult, a 50-year learning curve is likely. Wind power is NOT a hippie endeavor. There is a reason why people who create don't allow the unwashed to see their work until it's done. The only thing worse than the condescending "Well, it will probably look good when you're finished" is the ignorant "Doesn't look like it's going to work." Unfortunately, it's hard to keep a project like wind power under wraps until its done so the absurd comments from the useless protoplasm is guaranteed.
- There are VERY few alternatives to wind. Fossil fuels face both supply and waste sink problems. Nuclear power—Fukushima. So the only question is, "Can we do wind well?" NOT "will we do wind at all!"
- Any comments that are trollish in nature will be deleted as soon as I see them. I will have the final word on these matters.
- Anyone who trolls more than once will be banned from this blog—and there is no appeals process.
- If this doesn't solve the problem, I'll just turn off the comments.