SHERMAN COUNTY, OR ::
I love roadtrips, but they're a little more expensive these days. My trip through Central Oregon and back totaled 1000 miles. Optimistically, my Pathfinder gets about 20 mpg on the freeway, although likely a couple miles less considering the way I drive. So on this trip, I must have burned through at least 50 gallons. That's a lot of fuel and a lot of dollars.
I'm in the camp that is glad gas prices have risen. Unfortunately, it seems to be the only thing that will motivate citizens, government and corporations to become serious about our unsustainable dependence on oil.
As I drove by the hundreds of beautiful windmills in the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, I hoped I was witnessing an aggressive push towards alternative, clean energy. I hoped it would prove remarkably successful and would not be another shortsighted and problematic fad. I hoped that someday sooner rather than later, I would be able to drive by those windmills again in an electric car that was powered directly from them. How cool would that be?
Currently, wind power only provides 1% of the US's energy needs, but wind farms are being constructed at an accelerating rate. In fact, in addition to tripling the size of the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, Oregon is in the process of installing the largest single wind farm in the world, capable of generating nearly a gigawatt of energy - enough to power 225,000 homes!
If you'd like to know more, there is a lot of interesting information on wind energy at the American Wind Energy Association's website
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