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We're really off topic.. but the key with wind is this... it works pretty well (a) when the sun is down in a lot of places (b) well collectively.... when it's not blowing here, it's probably blowing there, where there is not necessarily too far away.
As a result, wind in aggregate can make for a nice power complement to sun, natural gas, nuclear, whatever. It also means you shouldn't build wind where it doesn't blow well at all and you shouldn't build too much wind total. We currently get about 3.5% of our power from wind and there's a good chance we could get that up to about 10-20% (depending on whether we can ever put any of it offshore and whether some states with good resources engage in smart or stupid policies toward it). But wind won't likely get much farther than that ever, whereas solar could get to half our energy needs within half a century -- or possibly less -- because it can be deployed in most of the country on homes, office parks, and at utility scale. And it pairs well with small-scale storage to smooth out the bumps in output.
If we can find a way to add a small amount of new nuclear, we can probably cut 80% of our carbon footprint before 2065 easily. If we can't, it might take somewhat longer, because it's a lot of solar panels.....
There's a saying about "everything in moderation". If only it was applied to well, you know...