11 Jul '17, 4pm

Coal vs. Wind in the Cowboy State

Coal vs. Wind in the Cowboy State

There's the Wyoming you see on postcards—the snow-dusted mountains and caramel-colored prairies where movie stars build their second homes . But there's another Wyoming—the one that powers America's homes and businesses. The Cowboy State churns out more coal than all of Appalachia, and it's home to some of the strongest winds on the continent. The Rocky Mountains funnel air across flat, open prairies, producing winds that rival the most powerful ocean gales. In Carbon County, Wyoming—so named for its abundant reserves of coal—conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz is building the country's largest wind farm. Its 1,000 turbines could generate enough electricity to power every home in Los Angeles and San Francisco—electricity that will be shipped to California by way of a brand new 700-mile transmission line. This map shows the average wind speed 30 meters above the ground...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/wind-farm-wyoming-2456790334.html

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