Cooperative Federalism and Wind: A New Framework for Achieving Sustainability

Since taking office in January 2009, President Barack Obama has made energy independence a national priority, calling upon Americans to “confront[] our dependence on foreign oil, address[] the moral, economic and environmental challenge of global climate change, and build[] a clean energy future . . . .” The President’s initiative comes in the wake of a year of unprecedented growth in wind energy development. In 2008 alone the nation’s total wind energy generating capacity increased by over 50%, creating enough new generating capacity to serve over two million homes. The trend is expected to continue.

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