Wind Energy Broken Promises

Here are just a few of the broken promises of wind energy on a large scale:

The claim to lower CO2 emissions is a broken promise. — The electricity grid demands normalcy. Shadow capacity backs up wind turbines with coal, nuclear, and gas-fired plants. These emit CO2. More wind, more shadow, more emissions. It is a simple equation. Electricity demand drives the grid. The grid must be maintained at capacity. Intermittent electricity delivery does not maintain capacity. It must have back up. This is carbon intensive.

The claim to lower CO2 emissions from wind energy is a broken promise. Click To Tweet

The claim to free energy is a broken promise. — Wind energy requires building large towers with incredibly expensive turbines. And since wind energy locations are generally far from the places needing energy, transmission costs are also high.

The claim to free energy from the wind is a broken promise. Click To Tweet

The claim to positive environmental impact is a broken promise. — Neodymium is the most important element of the permanent magnet sitting atop each of the massive wind towers you see on your way to work. These towers indirectly cause the death of thousands of Chinese in the rare earth mines each and every year.

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The claim to an efficient energy source is a broken promise. — Turbines are inefficient. At best they convert 12-20% of the potential energy available into electricity.

The claim to an efficient energy source from wind energy is a broken promise. Click To Tweet

The claim to more jobs is a broken promise. — Numerous studies, using economic analysis programs, performed in Spain, Italy, Denmark, England, etc., show for every job created in the renewable energy sector, about three jobs are destroyed in other sectors.

The claim to more jobs from wind energy is a broken promise. The truth? 3 jobs are destroyed. Click To Tweet

The claim to lower electricity costs is a broken promise. — Wind energy is still more expensive than gas or coal generated electricity. It wouldn’t even be viable without massive government subsidies.

The claim to lower electricity costs from wind energy is a broken promise. Click To Tweet

The claim to positive health results is a broken promise. — Infrasound, sound below 20 MHz, sickens many who live near wind turbines. Wind turbine flicker makes others sleepless or ill.

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The claim to a greener planet is a broken promise. — The wind is touted as free, non-polluting, efficient, a CO2 reduction technique, environmentally friendly, safe for humans, and effective against climate change. None of this is true. None of it.

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The claim of no harm to birds and bats is a broken promise. — Millions of birds die in the spinning blades. Hawks, falcons, bats, osprey, owls, even songbirds die. Bird mortality due to large wind farms is exacerbated by inherent linkages between bird behavior and wind farm siting decisions.

The claim of no harm to birds and bats from wind energy is a broken promise. Millions die every year. Click To Tweet

Wind Energy Broken Promises


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