Diller, Neb. – Driving out of the Lincoln airport, I pull onto I-80. And the first thing I see is a flatbed with a very long, strange white object on it. The object looks almost extraterrestrial. What is it? Turns out it’s a blade for a wind turbine. And this relates to my purpose here in Nebraska.
I’m heading to the southeast corner of the state, near the Kansas line. There, a wind farm has gone up, disturbing the community. At the same time, the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run through the area, is blocked. Blocked by politics. This corner of the country provides a snapshot of our national, and often weird, energy debate.