I can see huge wind machines turning in what seems like slow motion from my upstairs bedroom window. These turbines, located at the National Wind Technology Center about 10 miles (16 km) away, are at the vanguard of a major shift away from nuclear and coal, and toward gas, wind, solar and geothermal. It’s not that we haven’t ridden this trend toward renewables before. Some of the elder statesmen among us can recall the U.S. energy crisis of the late 1970s, where we saw a ...

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