By Chuck Grassley U.S. Senator
... We must capitalize on every opportunity to cultivate new growth in our rural communities. One way is to harness the economic possibilities presented by wind energy. I’ve witnessed firsthand how the development of this renewable energy is doing just that. This week marks “American Wind Week” and I can think of no better state than Iowa to hold up as an example of what can happen when we embrace wind energy. Wind power has grown from humble beginnings in rural Iowa to a commonsense solution that the rest of the country looks to as a pathway forward for clean energy. Wind is a significant contributor to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will help America meet its modern energy needs. It also leaves the door open for new innovation and job growth while providing affordable, sustainable and clean energy for generations to come.
The wind farms that punctuate Iowa’s landscape represent the innovation and enterprise that define the pioneering spirit of our state. Iowa ranks second in the nation in both wind power capacity and share of total electricity generation. Our emergence as a national wind energy leader has driven billions in investment and created thousands of new jobs in small towns across the state. In fact, there are now almost 10,000 Iowans employed by wind-related projects in Iowa.
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