Wind and Solar power

With Earth Day looming ever present I was thinking about power generation in the US, we are it seams heading towards a resurgence of Nuclear power, yet we still lag way behind Europe for Wind and Solar generated power, the map below shows how suited the middle states are for wind generation, I know from experience that Minnesota is well suited and North Dakota ideal, yet few large scale wind farms exist.

I found an interesting article here that details all the available untapped powers sources in the US, I wonder what it will take for us to get with the program and follow Europe into renewable energy generation?
If you are interested to see the solar power growth in the US there is a cool animation of generation deployments of the past decades here.

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