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Wind Farm Divides North Carolina Republicans

HERTFORD, N.C.—More than 100 giant wind turbines started producing power this month amid 22,000 acres of cotton, soy and wheat fields.

But North Carolina’s first wind farm may remain its only one as the state, like some others, rethinks its commitment to green energy.

The recent wind-energy push has caused an unusual fight among North Carolina Republicans, with some GOP politicians opposing the project because of its reliance on federal tax credits and potential risks to the military, and rural Republicans embracing the property taxes and extra income paid by the operators.

In red states around the country where wind power is growing and displacing some conventional sources of energy, some Republicans are pushing back, in an attempt to support the coal industry. But others are backing the clean-energy expansion and the jobs and economic development that often come with it.

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