I live in the Tehachapi Pass and have a very different view of renewable energy and energy independence. First, I can see 100s of wind turbines from different points of my property and have witnessed the destruction of about 100s of sq miles of wild lands and prime farm land. Wind energy is not accepted in most communities across the globe. There are hundreds of opposition groups and we're fighting against them for the same reasons - permanent destruction of ecosystems, the open air propellers and unacceptable noise plus at least a dozen other solid reasons. The wind vendors are placing 100s of wtgs at a time right through major avian flyways. The city of Mojave communities have monolith turbines 900 feet from their home and feel ground vibration, flicker and noise in their homes. These are "takes" or reverse condemnation of their homes. There is a report of 10-20 hawks dying every day from propeller collisions in one single location near a small mountain. Of course these numbers will go down when all the raptors are dead. Please, someone convince me that any of this is "GREEN."
The propellers produce wind intermittently and this is considered the "supposed" hot wind resource area in California. To solve this problem companies are getting permits for 2-tiered dams. The lower reservoir will take more water than the entire city of Tehachapi uses in a year and it's run off the grid. The purpose? To stablize the grid when the wind isn't blowing. The other interesting news is the installation of gas run turbines using jet engines.
There's a mention in one of the comments about Keystone. Same situation. Breaking ecosystems to move fossil fuels. What ever happened to reducing the use of fossil fuels besides no activities at all? Coal mining whether mined and fired in the U.S. or China still pollutes the air and our bodies.
Neither candidate nor Congress has any intention of taking that leap of faith to actually, initiate sustainability. There are jobs for every person on the planet to clean up the mess made by the people before us. There are massive untapped opportunities in taking post consumer/post commercial products and making them into new products instead of landfills. Changes in building codes for geothermal heat pump heating and cooling of all buildings. The big carbon monsters not discussed are coal seam fires that should all be extinguished.
Instead governments across the globe have jumped into the "energy bubble" instead of creating the "sustainability bubble." This is what Obama promised during his last election campaign. Personally, I won't vote for him. Romney is just another talking puppet for "big vendors" who have bought his loyalty in campaign funds. I'm voting for Ron Paul, the only candidate intelligent enought to run our country. At least he got Congress to agree to audit the Federal Reserve. All Obama accomplished was to raise the debt ceiling.
On another note, subsidizing big coal, oil, wind, solar are breaking the backs of the American people who subsidize, for example 30% of all wind and solar installations. We pay it in our electric bills and taxes. Bankruptcies and foreclosures are increasing and at least here is central Calif. it's getting worse by the day.