Wind power = little CO2 reduction

From the Wall Street Journal we get an article titled “Wind Power Won’t Cool Down the Planet” showing us why putting all those bird-killing, fugly wind-turbines up isn’t going to change much.

The wind industry has achieved remarkable growth largely due to the claim that it will provide major reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. There’s just one problem: It’s not true. A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated electricity likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon emissions—or that they’ll be so small as to be almost meaningless.

None of it will lead to major cuts in carbon emissions, for two reasons. First, wind blows only intermittently and variably. Second, wind-generated electricity largely displaces power produced by natural gas-fired generators, rather than that from plants burning more carbon-intensive coal.

To condense the concept, you have to keep the coal plants running because you can’t just shut them off and then re-start them when the wind dies down, they’re not like a light bulb. They burn more fuel and they emit more pollutants.

This final quote is priceless. You can read the whole article here.

Perhaps it comes down to what Kevin Forbes, the director of the Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship at Catholic University, told me: “Wind energy gives people a nice warm fuzzy feeling that we’re taking action on climate change.” Yet when it comes to CO2 emissions, “the reality is that it’s not doing much of anything.”

These wind farms receive billions of dollars in subsidies each year (which comes out of your pocket because your tax dollars are paying for it).Yet another waste of your tax dollars that could be spent on better endeavors, not to mention more CO2 Insanity.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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