Introducing: Wind

By this point in the 21st century, I figure that most people want a greener way of life. Sure, I’ve spent the last 14+ years submerged in the eco-friendly bubble that is Oregon, but all around classic environmental issues like recycling, better gas mileage, and down with foreign oil seem, for the most part, to be catching on. I mean, for heaven’s sake, who knew that canvas bags would become both a fashion trend and a great way to get groceries? Still, the question remains: can we as Americans not only talk the eco-talk but get out of our car and take the walk as well?

Pondering that question reminded me of another, more specific environmental fight: whether or not to build wind farms on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (more on what and where this is later). Sure, sure everyone likes the idea of having their electricity come from a cleaner source, but hold up – you want to put a field of wind turbines on my piece of ocean? Who knew wind could be such a contentious issue?

I first came upon this topic at where you’ll find the announcement that on Earth Day of this year, President Obama introduced a new project that’s main goal is to “develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.”

Let the brawling begin.


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