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(March 19-23, 2008)

Richard C. Drew

The Chicken or the Egg

John Dotta

Windmill Farms East of Bloomington, il

Bloomington, Illinois, USA

March 23, 2008 5:30 PM

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Shown here are the first windmills to generate electricity in McLean County, Illinois. Dan Caterinicchia in an Associated Press article states: The Central Illinois proposal -- called the Arrowsmith Wind Power Project -- would feature 267 wind turbines more than 260-feet tall and capable of producing 400 megawatts. The energy would be sent via transmission lines about 130 miles to the northeast, where it would be enough to power an estimated 120,000 homes annually in the Chicago area.

Many environmentalists champion wind farms as a source of clean power. But they have been challenged across the country by people who complain about the "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh" sound their blades produce and say the modern-day windmills are a blight on the landscape.

The nation gets less than 1 percent of its electricity from wind, and the American Wind Energy Association predicts no more than 6 percent by 2020.

Canon Rebel XT, 18 mm lens, Kiwi tripod head, Photoshop and Quicktime VR Authoring Studio

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