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ERIC Number: EJ779964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
Fields of Opportunity: Wind Machines Return to the Plains
Sowers, Jacob
Great Plains Quarterly, v26 n2 p99-112 Spr 2006
The last two decades have seen a rebirth of wind machines on the rural landscape. In ironic fashion the wind's kinetic energy has grown in significance through its ability to generate commercial amounts of electricity, the commodity that a few generations earlier hastened the demise of the old Great Plains windmill. Yet the reemergence of wind machines on the landscape has been slowed by local opposition. Many places across the country have seen resistance to the construction of vast wind turbine arrays. Although wind energy fulfills both the businessman's requirement for profit and the environmentalist's desire for clean electrical production, building hundreds of wind turbines to carry out this dual promise in one's "backyard" has been met with intense local protest. The literature has shown that wind energy is generally popular at a national level, but local wind farm developments have been the source of bitter opposition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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