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Science  13 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5993, pp. 788-789
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5993.788

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Summary

Around the world, an emerging network of groups are marshaling a wide array of arguments—from worries about excessive noise and wrecked views to threats to wildlife, air traffic, and even national security—in bids to block construction of new wind farms. And they are meeting with some success. In the United States, for instance, fierce local opposition has scuttled some major wind projects and delayed others for years. The siting fights threaten to derail efforts to ultimately use wind turbines to generate up to 20% of U.S. electricity.