August 26, 2008
Markey, speaking as part of an energy roundtable at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, said renewable energy development could revitalize the economy in a way comparable to the Internet/tech boom that gave rise to Silicon Valley. "In 2007, 37 percent of all new electrical generation in the U.S. came from wind," Markey said in a thick Boston accent. "It happened in telecommunications, and I think it'll only take 10 years...to have the same kind of telecommunication." U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, Gov. Bill Ritter and U.S. Rep. Mark Udall are all singing the praises of energy development this week - Salazar called it a "moon shot" on Monday, Ritter touted Tuesday how a Danish wind turbine blade manufacturer will invest $700 million in Colorado, and Udall called renewable growth a "revolution." Is there an economic gold mine in renewable energy, or is all this talk a bunch of hot air?