The Origins of Wind Energy in America

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The Department of Energy's 1980 documentary, Wind: An Energy Alternative, is a handy overview of the history of wind technology in the U.S. It begins with an explanation of how heat from the sun creates wind currents, and includes some interesting archival images of early applications of wind power in agriculture and transportation. It goes on to describe various projects in research and design across the country at that time. Check it out, and stay tuned for videos covering more recent developments in alternative energy as a part of our special report.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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