Now, opponents are using everything from national security arguments to targeting tax incentives in order to hobble wind power.
North Carolina is one of several states in which lawmakers are pushing new proposals to undercut wind energy.
The bill argues that wind farms pose a national security risk and uses Department of Defense maps to essentially outlaw wind farms built on land within 100 miles of the state’s coast.
But the military already has veto power over any projects that are deemed a national security risk.
“Wind energy, for states like North Carolina… [is part of] climate change goals,” said Cassie Gavin, a senior director with Sierra Club North Carolina.
Wind power has faced setbacks in a number of states in recent years, in areas across the country.
That’s good news in places like Texas and North Carolina, as environmental advocates stare down attacks on wind power. »