Kenneth Matthews: Nothing quixotic about wind energy industry
FOUR hundred years ago the sublimely mad Don Quixote strapped on his shining suit of armour, mounted his trusted steed and set off with his servant Sancho Panza to rid the world of evil.
It wasn't long before he happened upon a pod of windmills, their giant arms spinning languidly on a sun-drenched plain. Seeing them as monsters, the great Don slammed down his metal mask, lowered his lance and prepared to charge.
It wasn't until Sancho pointed out that the windmills weren't evil invaders but devices which create energy to drive giant wheels which grind the people's corn and allow them to make the bread that Don Quixote called off his attack.