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VIDEO: Hikers see the beauty of wind turbines alongside wildflowers

Photo from video by Sim Sadler for AWEA
VIDEO: Hikers see the beauty of wind turbines alongside wildflowers

Nearly a thousand people have hiked a six-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail over the last three decades to see the wind turbines in the Tehachapi, Calif.

They are part of the annual “Windmill-Wildflower Hike” that takes hikers to the place where the first large wind projects were built. Many of those early turbines have since been replaced with modern turbines, but you can still witness the evolution of wind turbine technology first-hand during the hike.

During this year’s hike, participants commented on some of wind power’s benefits. They noted that it’s “affordable, renewable, and inexhaustible”:

Tourism around wind power is not unusual — many people consider the sleek, tall structures beautiful and fascinating.

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Shauna Theel is the Deputy Director of Digital Media at the American Wind Energy Association. She oversees AWEA's digital media content and strategy, ensuring that the message of clean, affordable, and American wind power is heard loud and clear across media platforms. Prior to joining AWEA, she worked at the watchdog group Media Matters for America for four years. As the Climate and Energy Program Director at Media Matters, she oversaw the group's rapid response communications, long-term research analyses, and outreach efforts related to energy and environmental policy. In this role, she served as the public face of the team, giving interviews to press outlets, and giving presentations everywhere from Capitol Hill to the National Press Club. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Science.

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