As we continued to head west from New York, the cities and towns spread out and became fewer and much farther between, and the farmland grew more expansive. The incredible open space unfolding around as we made our way down the back road of this country is one of the many impressions that remains with me. As the hills of the east fell away behind us and the flat lands of farming and grazing began in Minnesota and continued into North Dakota and through Montana and expanded all around us, we began to see more and more wind turbines among many of the farms and ranches.
Before we left Rochester, we had seen signs of the current controversy over wind turbines in the surrounding towns, so it was interesting to see them so well established throughout the farm lands and grasslands of the northern and central states, especially among the corn fields (much of which will be used for production of ethanol), which continued as far as the eye could see as we made our way back eastward through Illinois. Tom captured some up close and personal photographs in those cornfields of farmers harvesting the corn for ethanol. This story can be found here.
We are interested in learning more about the use of this source of renewable energy, the controversy surrounding its establishment, the benefits and drawbacks, and in hearing from the families and communities that have embraced this energy production method as well as from those who are opposed to it. As we research this, we will share the stories we find.