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. Windfall
tells the story of this extraordinary transformation and examines the
arguments both for and against wind generation.
Robert W. Righter 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.
Currently the world’s fastest-growing source of energy, wind
generation has also given rise to backlash. A critical advocate of wind
energy whose career as a historian has focused on environmental
controversies, Righter 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
Most books on wind energy are technical manuals. Righter’s
book does not shy away from scientific explanations, but he does not
write for engineers. His broad, historically informed vision will
appeal 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.
Wind Energy in America Today
by Robert W. Righter
of Oklahoma Press, 2012