The Mighty Wind

By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 19, 2009

But winning the race, insiders suggest, is less important than building a full-scale industry that can attract European suppliers, encourage American entrepreneurs to construct offshore turbines and blades, and build political clout.

For a state that has struggled to win in the past, this is an encouraging view: progress elsewhere could mean progress here. A state that has stood apart for its economic woe might join with others in growth.

Of course, just getting in the game is a challenge. But there is no turning back now, it seems. "I think we need to do it," said Lardaro, the tart-tongued economist. "Because I'll be honest with you — we don't have any choice. We're desperate." 

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