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Wind power is one of the most popular ‘renewable’ energy source for warmists, but it’s hard to see why when there are so many problems with it, not a few of them environmental.

Wind is unreliable, because that is the nature of wind.  Greens argue that wind farms should be spread geographically, which is like doubling down on stupid, and the inconvenient truth is that every giant bird shredder needs to be backed up with ‘traditional’ generating sources like coal or nuclear.

The grid must plan for the likely low point, i.e., the least power it may see from all of the attached wind plants. Large power plants cannot respond quickly to the hourly variations of the wind, so they must be already going when the power from the wind plants drops off. There are solutions to this on a small scale, but for most grid systems, any power produced by wind plants is therefore in practice superfluous. The backup generation is already providing it.

Wind power kills birds.   Lots of birds:

“Wind turbine operations in the Altamont Pass kill as many as 9,600 birds each year, including many species that are fully protected by state and federal laws,” said Mike Lynes, Conservation Director for Golden Gate Audubon. “While we support responsible development of alternative energy resources, we cannot maintain the status quo in the Altamont without risking local bird populations.

Wind farms have negative effects on people living near them:

Onshore wind farms are a health hazard to people living near them because of the low- frequency noise that they emit, according to new medical studies. Doctors say that the turbines – some of which are taller than Big Ben – can cause headaches and depression among residents living up to a mile away.

Offshore wind farms are more expensive than onshore ones, and they sink:

Hundreds of Britain’s offshore wind turbines could be sinking into the sea because of a design flaw…

…Dong Energy said three of its wind farms were affected, including Gunfleet Sands off the Essex coast and Burbo Bank in Liverpool Bay.

Wind turbines don’t work when there is no wind and fall over when the wind blows too hard:

The turbine, in the car park of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in Portland, collapsed early on Thursday as high winds hit the coast.

Wind farms threaten to ruin spectacular views:

In England, out of 35 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), four are the subject of a planning application for turbines. In one case the development would be within the AONB boundaries, in the other three it would be just outside but close enough to have a dramatic impact on the view enjoyed by visitors.

Wind power kills more industry workers than coal or oil:

On a million-megawatt-hour basis, the wind-energy industry has averaged 0.0220 deaths compared with 0.0147 for coal over the years 2003-2008.  Even adding coal’s share of fatalities in the power-generation industry, which brings the rate up to 0.0164, still leaves wind power with a 34 percent higher mortality rate.  For the record, the workplace fatality rate for wind also exceeds that for oil and gas on an equivalent-energy basis.

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