Microsoft enters 20-year deal for Texas wind power

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    Many gadget-lovers don't realize that the "cloud" is actually the "smog" because much of our high-tech industry relies on polluting coal to power servers and computers across the world. Silicon Valley and other tech industries are racing to change all that to show that high-tech really can be a clean 21st century industry. Even Walmart, which is trying to build up its online presence to compete with Amazon, is transitioning to renewable energy to capitalize on clean, price-stable energy sources.

    For those who parrot Mitt Romney and call it "puff wind" (as if to link wind power to Puff the Magic Dragon), claiming wind can't power our future should look at conservative Texas as a wind powerhouse, where about 9 percent of its electricity is now produced from wind. Check out Kansas, South Dakota, and Iowa -- all are producing over 20 percent of their electricity from "puff wind." Wind has brought an economic boom in those state's rural economies.

    Sure, federal tax incentives have helped create this industry -- but the ongoing more-massive subsidies for oil, gas, and nuclear year and year haven't helped those polluting industries expand as much.