Birds in the Veg-o' matic
I've been doing quite a bit of digging for info and articles on wind power. Most of what I find from a simple google search is about who's researching the feasability where. What I'm interested in is the environmental impact, ie how many birds are getting killed. Truthfully, very few articles (I browsed at least 30) even mentioned birds. Here's one that reports on some bird-mortality research, but it's pretty optimistic.
Another approach to the subject is from the Renewable Energy Access site. This article gives a bit of basic info on wind power, and claims that "the cost of wind power has dropped dramatically - by almost 90 percent - over the past 20 years. Today, wind power can be competitive with fossil-fuel generators if stable, supportive policies are in place." The article then complains that the wind industry is getting yanked around regarding the tax credits it receives, which hinders the continuous development of the technology. The article is then followed by some amusing bickering in the comments section.
This seems like an area where the gov't is hindering the natural market process by getting in everyone's way. I think people want alternative energy sources, and are willing to support it's development, even at a slightly higher short-run cost. Now, more than ever, the American public has it's eyes open to the reality of our dependence on fossil fuels, and our relationship to the countries that supply our oil. Are we the Baptists or the Bootleggers?