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The Answer Is Blowin' In The Wind

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.


The answer my friends, is blowin' in the wind. So wrote Bob Dylan in 1963. It turns out he was prophetic to say the least.

A new study from the energy department claims wind power could supply twenty percent of the nation's energy needs by the year 2030. That's a short twenty-two years from now and a long way toward turning around fossil fuel consumption.

To achieve the twenty percent, level tens of thousands of new wind turbines would have to go up and the infrastructure for transporting the wind generated power does not exist either. However all of this doable with technology that is currently available. And unlike nuclear power there are no issues with safety, or what to do with spent fuel.

The wind blows, the turbines turn, and the lights go on.

Just how big a deal is this if America were to get twenty percent of its power from wind?

It would be the equivalent of taking 149 million cars of the road…wow.
By Harry Smith

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