Wind energy growing quickly in US

Two percent is small but as the article says, this is growth from nearly nothing a few years ago. There’s a lot more work to do both with wind energy and other sources besides oil, but it’s an impressive start. Some still dislike the look of the wind turbines though I admit to liking them. When I take the train to Belgium or head down south through the Rhone valley I see them. I always prefer seeing the turbines instead of nuclear reactors.

Despite a crippling recession and tight credit markets, the American wind power industry grew at a blistering pace in 2009, adding 39 percent more capacity. The country is close to the point where 2 percent of its electricity will come from wind turbines.

While that is still a small share, it is up from virtually nothing a few years ago. Continued growth at such a fast pace could help the nation lower its emissions of the gases that cause global warming.


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