"All In America" follows a wind turbine from factory to farm in North and South Dakota.
Photo by Erin Delmore/msnbc

Learn more: The future of alternative energy

On Thursday October 9th, All In America: Coal Country explores the future of alternative energy. With wind projected to supply nearly 5 percent of all power in the U.S. next year, and solar on track to be the number one source of electricity in the world by 2050, All In investigates the future of American Energy – visiting solar plants and following a wind turbine from factory to farm in the Dakotas. 

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“How solar energy could be the largest source of electricity by mid-century,” International Energy Agency 

  • “The sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050, ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear, according to a pair of reports issued today by the International Energy Agency (IEA).”

“States reconsider wind energy,” The Associated Press 

  • “Today, many of the same political leaders who initially welcomed the wind industry want to regulate it more tightly, even in states like Oklahoma, where candidates regularly rail against government interference, and regulators are launching a fact-finding inquiry. The change of heart is happening as wind farms creep closer to more heavily populated areas.”

“ND reservation gets fed funds for wind energy,” The Associated Press

  • “The American Wind Energy Association says North Dakota has a capacity of nearly 1,700 megawatts of wind energy installed with more than 600 megawatts currently under construction. The group says the state has one of the highest potentials for wind energy in the country.”

“New York’s Bold New Plan To Expand Solar Energy,” ThinkProgress 

  • ”[New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo] announced new NY-Sun awards for large solar electric projects that will increase the solar capacity in New York State by 68 percent, or more than 214 megawatts.” 
  • “Elon Musk, the man behind the revolutionary electric car company Tesla, sits down with Chris Hayes to discuss his decision to open up patents to other car companies.”

“The state of Kansas is ‘Koch Country,’” All In with Chris Hayes 

  • “Chris Hayes looks at how the Koch Brothers are fighting against renewable energy in their home state of Kansas - and losing.”

Learn more: The future of alternative energy