Meretricious: Plausibly significant but actually false and insincere; specious. Also, pretentious, deceptively pleasing but intrinsically rotten. From the Latin

meretrix: a prostitute.

Meretricity: 1. Electricity produced by meretricious machines that seek to convert wind energy into modern power. 2. Electricity subsidized by meretricious politics. See also oxymoron, since wind technology cannot, of itself, produce modern power, and crony capitalism, since wind subsides could not exist without it.

Wind Project Suspended After Turbine Fire

December 4, 2008

BLOOMFIELD, Neb. — Company officials have suspended work at the Elkhorn Ridge wind farm after Tuesday’s turbine fire 260 feet in the air, which hospitalized a worker who suffered burns while atop the turbine.

The incident occurred at one of the 27 turbines on the 80-megawatt wind farm under construction north of Bloomfield, Neb. The project is owned by the Edison Mission Group of Irvine, Calif. Once completed, Elkhorn Ridge will become Nebraska’s largest wind farm.


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