Jeffrey City, Wyoming. Mamiya 7 w/ Ilford SFX200 Infrared Film, 5.13.2021
It surprises me how many anti-wind power billboards exist in Wyoming, claiming that the turbines would ruin the landscape forever: then there’s towns like Jeffrey City. This town of 4000 disappeared when the uranium market’s bottom fell out in the 80s, and families fled by literally uprooting their homes, leaving only concrete basements behind. Dozens and dozens of these dot the horizon, along with several dilapidated and abandoned apartment complexes.
Why the sudden change of heart about the landscape when it comes to green energy? After driving 600 miles in the state on my most recent trip, I saw one wind project - one. Compare that to endless billboards littering the sides of every major Highway, the strip mines, the oil derricks and refineries, and the abandoned towns like Jeffrey. Now, don’t get me wrong: Wyoming is a beautiful state, for starters. I don’t deny that the wind turbine taints the unbroken landscape - but what about healing the damage we’ve already done? Requiring companies to leave no trace once resource extraction is done? As well, I’m not against all resource development that doesn’t have the “green” stamp of approval. What I am against is fake stewardship for nature. This is politics.
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