Cowley Ridge is a great place to witness the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. A line of tall windmills harvest the westerly winds emanating from the Rocky Mountains. At the same time, drilling rigs penetrate the same landscape in a quest for methane gas accumulated over millions of years in coal and shale deposits. Oblivious to humanity's energy quest above and beneath them, cattle graze contentedly amid the towers and derricks.
While landowners are only meagerly compensated for the extraction of oil and gas, they earn substantial income from wind projects, which also boast a smaller environmental footprint.