Giants: Oaxaca Wind Energy Controversy by Dominic Bracco II
Giants is a work in progress.
Text by Erik Vance
In 2011, for the first time, the developing world created more wind turbines than the developed. That same year, the first local landowner was killed during a dispute over wind farm land in Mexico. As wind farms continue to grow to offset our ballooning carbon budget, the biggest question for the next decade will be: Where will we find the land? In Oaxaca, Mexico, this question is already coming to a head as local indigenous people clash with international Spanish wind companies over North America’s strongest wind resource. In this forgotten community we find the the first clue as to whether wind will someday carve a new path or simply repeat the mistakes of Big Oil.