Local grass roots group joins â??Wind Energy Works!â? which will draw on diverse membership to engage in the national Wind Energy debate and correct misinformation
The Cape Cod grass roots organization, Clean Power Now, is a part of what the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today announced is the formation of a broad national coalition of wind energy advocates that is intended to be the largest pro-wind energy development organization of its kind in the United States. Wind Energy Works! will actively and aggressively engage in the public conversation over the merits of wind energy, educate the public about the many benefits of wind energy development, and act as a counterbalance to the misinformation being spread by wind energy opponents in communities across the country.
â??Wind energy works because it is one of the cleanest, most environmentally friendly energy sources in the world, helps reduce our countryâ??s dependence on foreign sources of energy, creates jobs and supports local economies,â? said Randall Swisher, Executive Director of the American Wind Energy Association. â??But despite all of these benefits, there is an ongoing effort by wind energy opponents to mislead the public and hinder or block further wind energy development across the country. This new coalition will make the positive case for continued wind energy development and engage the public with the facts.â?
87% of Americans support wind farms
There is great support in this country for wind energy development. A May 2005 Yale University poll found that 87% of Americans support expanded wind farms and 86% want increased funding for renewable energy research. Despite such widespread support, opponents have mounted a concerted effort to distort the truth about wind energyâ??s benefits and spread misinformation to the public in an attempt to influence their favorable perception of wind energy. The Wind Energy Works! coalition was created to counter myths with facts.
Although the establishment of the coalition was spurred by AWEA, the coalitionâ??s vision is to become a broad-based alliance of independent voices providing a platform for organizations from the environmental, agricultural, business, health, social justice, faith, and academic communities to promote their combined expertise and perspective on the need for continued wind energy development. This effort will reach every corner of the country and every level of the wind energy conversation â?? from local town hall meetings to state media coverage to the floor of the U.S. Senate, the coalitionâ??s presence will be felt and its perspective will be voiced.
Locally, Clean Power Now has joined the coalition and will bring its considerable resources to bear on behalf of wind energy development both regionally and nationally as well. â??Clean Power Now is excited to join this remarkable list of organizations in the effort to promote wind energy development and to provide everyone with the facts about wind energyâ??s significant benefits to our town, and the nation,â? said Clean Power Now Executive Director Matthew Palmer. See where the wind farms are located in America by clicking here.
â??By combining the resources of its members and creating a unified message and communication infrastructure, the coalition will engage in every aspect of the wind energy conversation across this country and let no myth or falsehood about wind go unanswered without the facts about wind energyâ??s tremendous benefits,â? said Coalition Steering Committee Member Susan Sloan of The Wind Coalition (Austin, Texas). â??The strength and effectiveness of this coalition will be greater than the sum of its parts.â?
Wind Energy Works! is intended to be a simple, effective, memorable statement of the value and benefit of wind energy development. Wind energy works! because it's effective: it creates jobs, generates local tax revenues and supports local economies. Wind energy works! because it is a reality today: wind energy is a viable energy source creating electric power for more then 1 million Americans. Wind energy works! because it is a clean, renewable, domestic source of energy that can be expanded across the country: wind energy could provide at least six percent of the nation's electricity by 2020.
"Wind energy is an invaluable economic asset to the overall agricultural industry and specifically to the farming sector by diversifying the income of farmers, ranchers and other landowners as well as generating tax revenue for local governments," said Coalition Steering Committee Member Dan McGuire, American Corn Growers Foundation CEO. "Rural communities across the country need to have their voices heard on the need for development of this critical power source and the Wind Energy Works! coalition will allow us to join with wind energy advocates from all over the nation to do just that."
"Wind energy works because it is one of the cleanest, most environmentally friendly energy sources in the world"
"Wind energy is one of the cleanest energy sources available - protecting air quality and reducing global warming pollution, while also conserving our natural resources," said Coalition Steering Committee Member Alan Nogee, clean energy program director at the Union of Concerned Scientists. "The Wind Energy Works! coalition will help ensure that the public is informed that wind energy is available to provide these benefits today."
Wind Energy Works! is a new national alliance that will support wind energy development across the country. The coalition will engage the public debate over wind energy development with facts about its many benefits and counteract the growing spread of misinformation by wind energy opponents. Although initiated by the wind energy industry, its broad-based membership includes organizations and individuals representing many walks of life.
AWEA, formed in 1974, is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. The associationâ??s membership includes turbine manufacturers, wind project developers, utilities, academicians, and interested individuals. More information on wind energy is available on the AWEA web site here.