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AWEA works on wind's public image

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has formed a new advocacy group called "Wind Energy Works!" to counter what it calls "an ongoing effort by wind energy opponents to mislead the public." Composed of environmental, agricultural, economic development, faith-based and advocacy groups, Wind Energy Works will "actively and aggressively" engage in the public conversation over the merits of wind energy, educate the public about the many benefits of wind energy development, and act as a counterbalance to the misinformation being spread by wind energy opponents in communities across the country. "This new coalition will make the positive case for continued wind energy development and engage the public with the facts," says AWEA's Randy Swisher. AWEA is the primary driver behind the coalition, but diverse groups such as the American Corn Growers Foundation have climbed on board. "Wind energy is an invaluable economic asset to the overall agricultural industry and specifically to the farming sector by diversifying the income of farmers, ranchers and other landowners as well as generating tax revenue for local governments," says Dan McGuire, a Wind Energy Works member who heads the corn growers group. "Rural communities across the country need to have their voices heard on the need for development of this critical power source."

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