Drill, baby, drill. That's the game national Republicans are still into. So are many states. Red states. But even so, red states are also looking at renewable energy sources as well. Consider South Dakota, where Romney beat President Obama by 18 points, which is already a wind farm mecca, it is now looking to double the amount of power it produces from wind.
Eighty landowners will allocate 20K acres of land for the new wind farm that could produce up to one gigawatts of power. The electricity generated would likely head east towards power hungry states. In all, it could have a net positive impact of $200 million for the state.
It's important to note that locally, Midwesterners are beginning to realize that green and renewable is not just for liberals in coastal states. In fact, with plenty of potential and vast land, there is a lot of money to be made by supplying renewable powers to the rest of the country.
Here is an USGS map of wind turbines in the US (Tree Hugger).
For anyone, forget about global warming for a second and consider the concept of self-sustaining energy sources like wind and solar. Being able to not depend on others (both foreign and domestic) for your power needs is an idea that every American can get behind. It has both domestic and national security implications.
What SD is doing is only the beginning for many red states. I reckon more will follow once they realize the monetary windfall. After the initial investment, the rest is like free money.
Okay, not quite but you know what I mean.