A Message from the Wind that howls and blows
Posted on December 12th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne  

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Two decades ago,
Motoring up Altamont Pass in California
I gazed at thousands of Wind Turbines.
It was the Californian Wind churning power for the USA.
I could hardly believe my eyes.
Once five centuries ago,
It was the  Wind that took Vas Co de Gama across the Cape of Good Hope,
But not in Sri Lanka
Where at Ramboda, Madugoda, at Hayes
The wind howls blowing us off the roads
Once in the Fifties, living in Hambantota
My evening walks were all to enjoy the sea breeze
The Winds wafted and soothed me; never blew me off
It is this evening breeze that wafts the turbines at Mannar and Puttlam
Our big wigs are happy with 100MW
It is sad that we do not site our turbines
Where the Wind howls and blows
Instead, let the wind blow through
Let Sri Lanka import fuel for power
Continue getting more and more into foreign debt.

By Garvin Karunaratne, author of

Wind Power for Sri Lanka.s Energy Requirements(2019)


One Response to “A Message from the Wind that howls and blows”

  1. Nimal Says:

    It’s called greed,selfishness and corruption that is endemic from the bottom to the top among the people of the island.We need the good colonials back,but I doubt they have time for us.

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