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Assuming that wind generation has displaced capacity of natural gas and coal-fired power plants, the increase in wind power has helped the United States avoid 85.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution in 2012 alone.
While the Bay State may not be rich in fossil fuels, some in the state do not want to risk the the drinking water, the climate, or tectonic stability to tap what little shale gas might be hiding under the Berkshires.
Tension in France over wind power built after an energy company was ordered to take down 10 turbines a near historic chateau. France is currently heavily dependent on nuclear power, but those reactors don't seem to deter the France's 77 million annual foreign visitors.