National Geographic : 2005 Aug
WIND RESISTANCE While popular for the green energy they provide, turbines can also gen erate powerful protests. They take up large swaths of land, and some critics say they're noisy, unsightly, and a threat to birds and bats. Upset about a new installation, residents of Drenkow, Germany, display anti turbine posters (below); nearby, the foundation for a new turbine bears the spray-painted word "no," in Ger man (above). Such sentiments some times shove wind farms offshore, but even sea-based wind power isn't always welcome. A proposed wind farm off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, met fierce opposition from residents who feared it would spoil the vistas.