Monday, January 9, 2012

Appropriate Technology

The Past and the Future Merge

Old-fashioned windmill in Eastern Washington field
 ~ On SR-26 coming back from Pullman I saw this old windmill, spinning still.

No one's had to refuel it since it was built.

There are modern versions with higher efficiency, sure, but this old windmill has done useful work, at local scale, probably for decades.

It's simple, cost-effective, reliable, low-maintenance, locally scaled and sustainable.

The past and the future are starting to look rather similar.

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