Tuesday, May 13, 2008

[part of the] The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing In The Wind

A U.S. Department of Energy study says wind power is a viable answer to the energy problem.

Windmills spinning over the Great Plains and along the coasts could supply 20 percent of U.S. electricity by the year 2030 and put a significant dent in greenhouse gas emissions, federal officials said Monday.

Although wind farms now generate just 1 percent of the nation's electricity, a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy found that wind power could play a far larger role in the future. It could supply roughly the same percentage of the nation's power as nuclear plants provide today.
In addition, the country's network of high-voltage power lines would need to be expanded and upgraded. Some of the country's strongest, most reliable winds flow over the sparsely populated Great Plains, and a nationwide "superhighway" transmission system would be needed to carry that power to states and cities that need it.

via SFGate

Let's hope the next President will see this reality and do everything possible to achieve it.

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