About 70 miles northwest of Dallas, a few dozen buildings, a school and gas station make up the unincorporated community of Era. Residents of the area live on wide-open ranches and farms without much more than a handful of trees dotting the horizon.
A wind farm proposal is dividing the quiet, rural community. Residents who oppose the wind farm say that the company’s tactics have been misleading and don’t properly take into account the impact the towers would have on the community.
“I’m a big supporter of the Green New Deal,” said Meredith Ellis, who runs a ranch in the area with her father. “I really like Obama’s — how aggressive he was about climate and renewable energy — and for somebody that has philosophically supported those kinds of endeavors, it’s hard for me to have that realization of just how wrong this whole thing is.”