chasing the wind inside the alternative energy battle first edition pdf
In northern West Virginia, I visited an established wind farm and talked with people who lived nearby. In Greenbrier County I watched a wind farm transform miles of ridgetop. In Florida I took a tour of a planned beachfront wind farm and visited the nearby nuclear power plant. And during all of this, I continued to talk with people on both sides of the issue and read everything I could find. I also attended a forum on wind energy.
My sources included the few books that have been written specifically on the subject, many current newspaper and magazine articles, various technical and economic reports, and the Internet. The latter provided a wide breath of information, some of it opinionated. The subject is controversial
and, therefore, searching for the truth was challenging. This book is the story of wind energy as I have discovered it. I have tried to leave my biases behind and to present the issues so that readers can draw their own conclusions. The issue: Should we believe in wind energy as a significant solution to preventing climate change?
I am grateful for the communications I have had with Dave Groberg, who led the development of the Greenbrier County wind farm, and the conversations with John Stroud and Debbie Sizemore who led the effort to oppose it. Friends sent me information, particularly Dennis Moloney, who also drove
me in his pickup truck on visits to the Greenbrier wind sites. My son, Mark Johnson, a newspaper writer, reviewed my early work and attempted to put me on the right path. Reed Johnson, former professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Virginia, advised me on the intricacies of nuclear power.
Phil Sparks, the retired senior manager of state and local affairs at Dominion Resources, reviewed the manuscript of this book, as did Carter Taylor, an energy conservation consultant. John Byram, formerly of the University Press of Florida and now director of the University of New Mexico Press, first recognized the book’s potential. The advice of peer reviewers at the University Press of Florida and the University of Tennessee Press improved its structure. Sian Hunter provided council on seeking publication. Kerry Webb guided me through the University of Tennessee Press’s acquisition process. The copyediting by UT Press’s Gene Adair and freelancer Karin Kaufman made me appear a better writer than I am. And finally, my wife, Tommye spent hours reading chapters and correcting errors that I could never see.