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LIVE AT 3 p.m.: How many wind turbines do you want in your back yard? Watch the discussion

Many Americans, even those who support the concept of wind energy, may not realize just how thoroughly we will need to carpet-bomb our landscape with wind turbines to reach some of the goals set for wind production.

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The row of wind turbines receive shade while underneath a summer cloud. Soon to be pushed away by North Dakota's wind. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)
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"Rural America gets bad vibrations from Big Wind," Robert Bryce wrote recently for the Wall Street Journal.

He notes that President Joe Biden's administration is pushing for "tens of thousands of wind turbines," but asks, "where, exactly, will all those turbines be built?"

It's a good question.

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Many Americans, even those who support the concept of wind energy, may not realize just how thoroughly we will need to carpet-bomb our landscape with wind turbines to reach some of the goals set for wind production.

Remember, too, that all those turbines will also need to be serviced by transmission lines to carry that energy to market. While a coal plant or a nuclear plant generally sits in one location, wind turbines are dispersed across the landscape, and the transmission lines that serve them end up covering a lot of ground
Bryce, who has authored a report called "Not In Our Backyard," for the Center of the American Experiment, a Minnesota-based think tank, joins this episode of Plain Talk Live to talk about wind turbines and the challenges of not-in-my-back-yard attitudes.

All episodes of Plain Talk Live are also available on the Plain Talk podcast , which you can subscribe to by way of your favorite podcasting service.

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Rob Port, founder of SayAnythingBlog.com, is a Forum Communications commentator. Reach him on Twitter at @robport or via email at rport@forumcomm.com .


Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com. Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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