Delaware Residents Rally Behind Wind Power Plan

<p>Delaware is considering three proposals for new environmentally-friendly power plants, and many residents are supporting a plan to build a large offshore wind farm. A recent survey showed that more than 80% of residents favored the wind farm option.</p>
May 4, 2007, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"The state is considering three bids: The wind farm, a natural-gas plant and a new-style coal plant that would use new technology to try to cut air pollution, including greenhouse-gas emissions."

"Lawmakers in Delaware decided to launch the competition last year after electricity prices spiked 60 percent. They emphasized that bids should use environmentally friendly technology."

"At first, it seemed like the coal plant had the inside track. State politicians were excited about using abundant coal in a cleaner way."

"But to a lot of people's surprise, the wind project has become a strong contender, in large part, because it appears to be very popular."

Meanwhile, the New York Times Reports that "building thousands of wind turbines would probably not reduce the pollutants that cause smog and acid rain, but it would slow the growth in emissions of heat-trapping gases, according to a study released Thursday by the National Academy of Sciences."

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Published on Friday, May 4, 2007 in NPR

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