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We are going to need a variety of sources of energy going forward and wind is a valid part of the mix. All forms of electricity generation have environmental impacts.
There is a desire to shut down the PGE Boardman coal burning plant in 2020 or before - where is the replacement 1GW of electricity going to come from? We could just build more Nat Gas buring plants, but we'll eventually run out of that resource too (in less than 100 years from now). Also, nat gas is easily used as a transportation fuel, so it would be better used powering cars/trucks instead of generating electricity (to reduce our dependence on foreign oil imports)
We need to press ahead with an "Apollo project" to transform our energy production from non-renewable (and dirty) fuel sources to renewable (and cleaner) sources of energy. This is not going to happen overnight. Where's the 25, 50, and 100 year plan - we need to look at the long-term picture here.
Wind, PV (solar), Solar Thermal, Geothermal, Wave power, even nuclear power are all going to be needed to make this happen.
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