Whither Wind?

A journey through the heated debate over wind farms



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Yep, these suckers are really big! Blades 165 feet long mounted on towers hundreds of feet high take full advantage of upper level wind currents, allowing us to displace a portion of our fossil fuel consumption.
JIM GREEN/NREL
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 Construction of a turbine in Washington state.
ENERGY NORTHWEST/NREL
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The turning vanes call to mind a natural force — the wind — in a way that a cell phone or microwave tower, for example, most certainly do not.
ISTOCKPHOTO/CRAIG HILL
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Cattle don't seem to share the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) mentality.
WARREN GRETZ/NREL
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Low conflict areas, such as cultivated agricultural fields or pastures, are prime locations for wind turbines.
WARREN GRETZ/NREL
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Construction of a turbine in Washington state.
ENERGY NORTHWEST/NREL

















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