Happy Wind Farmer
Today's New York Times has an article Times Article on some people who are using windpower to save their family farm. Note the picture of the windmill and decide whether that is a vista you want throughout our countrysides. Will we learn to ignore them like we do utility poles, or think of them more like unsightly high tension lines? This is an example of where improved technology, particularly increased blade size, has helped economics, and this is a high wind region, which reduces the need for subsidies. Unfortunately, these plants can only at present supply a small amount of the electricity we need, even with the substantial subsidies they receive.