Portugal gives wind power a big bear hug; England gives it the finger

Portugal is already building the world’s largest solar power plant; now, to make us feel even worse about ourselves, it’s planning a huge new project to more than double its wind-energy capacity. A contractor bid will be accepted by this summer for the project, which will provide enough energy to power 750,000 homes, and is expected to create 1,600 jobs. But what’s some good news without a little bad news? Plans to create the largest wind farm in England, able to power 45,000 homes, have been rejected by the government. As explained by Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks, “the impact on the landscape and recreation would outweigh the benefits in terms of reducing carbon emissions.” Hey, aesthetics over averting climatic catastrophe, we always say.