Windfall

Windfall

Wind Energy in America Today

Book - 2011
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In this work, the author, an historian examines the social and public policy pros and cons of this fastest growing alternative source of electricity. Not long ago, energy experts dismissed wind power as unreliable and capricious. Not anymore. The industry has arrived, and the spinning blades of this new kid on the electric power block offer hope for a partial solution to our energy problems by converting nature's energy into electricity without exposing our planet and its inhabitants to the dangers of heat, pollution, toxicity, or depletion of irreplaceable natural resources. This book tells the story of this extraordinary transformation and examines the arguments both for and against wind generation. In an earlier book, the author traced the ways people have used wind since the dawn of civilization. Here, he explains how wind is transformed into energy and examines the land use decisions that affect the establishment of new wind farms. The book also discusses the role of tax credits and other government subsidies in the creation of transmission systems between the turbines and end users in cities. A critical advocate of wind energy whose career as a historian has focused on environmental controversies, the author addresses the cultural dimensions of resistance to wind energy and makes considered predictions about the directions wind energy may take. His sympathetic treatment of opposing arguments regarding landscape change, unwanted noise, bird deaths, and human medical implications are thought provoking, as is his recommendation that we place the lion's share of turbines on the Great Plains. Most books on wind energy are technical manuals. This book does not shy away from scientific explanations, but he does not write for engineers. His broad, historically informed vision speaks to policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels and to anyone interested in a technology increasingly significant to supplying America's energy needs.
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780806141923
0806141921
Branch Call Number: 621.3121 RIGHTER
Characteristics: xx, 219 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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