Wind Resistance: The Race To Meet Americans’ Growing Demand for Renewable Energy

As more states and companies want to use renewable energy, where does it come from? And how does that demand impact the communities that produce it?

A wind turbine in Kansas rises over a field. The average wind speed is 14 miles an hour. (James Morrison/WAMU).

The “Saudi Arabia Of Wind”

Opponents of wind energy sometimes argue that wind turbines are a threat to birds. However, data suggests that as far as hazards go, cats are the primary threat to bird populations. (Chris Castano/WAMU).

It Won’t Just Blow Itself Over

Jennifer and James Gatrell are opposed to the GBE transmission line project. (James Morrison/WAMU).

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