As often happens when new technologies change the landscape in unfamiliar ways, wind turbines have favored those who are best positioned to take advantage of them, meaning, in large part, owners of large parcels with strong winds.
Six weeks ago, there was hardly a mention of drought in the Midwest. Four weeks ago, after record heat scorched crops, weather experts were talking about the worst drought in 24 years. Now, they're talking about the worst drought in over 50 years.
While the fiscal crisis causing governments to reduce funding for green energy, one of the most expensive yet least efficient of renewable fuels, corn-based ethanol, has been given another year of generous taxpayer support in the US.