I’ve seen lots of semis towing gigantic wind turbine parts across the highways of Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado recently. I suspect it has more to do with last year’s surge in oil prices than BHO’s stimulus package. Judging by their size, these things take a long time to get built and installed.
Whatever reason they’re getting there, it’s gratifying to see it actually happening. Nebraska has a lot of potential for wind power on account of being so, well, empty. To say nothing of windy Wyoming. Wind farms are truly massive structures which just wouldn’t work in, say, Menlo Park, California. The problem is getting the power the turbines create to the electrical grid. A real ramping up of wind power generation would require a whole lot of infrastructure construction, a real commitment to making it viable. Let’s hope what I saw rolling down rural highways is the future arriving in giant chunks. After all, surely nothing this massive gets built in a place like Kimball, Nebraska, just for the hell of it: