Some lefty blogs are touting that wind power now employs more people than coal. Good. Keep it up. Coal still provides about 50 times the power for the country as wind power does, so I guess that makes coal more efficient.
How about this idea. Allow mountain top mining where there's coal, and when the vein is tapped out, build a wind farm on the reclaimed land. That's where the people will need jobs, some infrastructure is already in place, and mountains can be pretty windy.