Coal Train 2.0

The first rank of wind turbines that I ever saw was near Rockford, Illinois. When I took the same journey a year later, the population had doubled. Like an invasive species, they are making their way downstate. The habitat south of Springfield looks to be ideal and the invasion is in high gear.

On Interstate 70 in Kansas, it’s rare when you don’t see one. Colorado has too many to count. On a recent trip through west Texas, I saw them stacked in proximity to pump jacks and fracking towers. In one vista you could see the energy industry’s yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The number of windmills in Wyoming wasn’t as impressive. Then again, Wyoming is coal country. Home of deep mines, stripped earth and mile-long coal trains.

Incumbency can be intractable, up until the moment that it’s not.

It’s pretty easy to see which way the wind is blowing for the future.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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