Are There Serious Reservations in the Scientific Community Regarding Wind Energy?

Jul 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Energy Conservation, Pollution, Renewables, Wind

The benefits of generating electricity from well-sited wind power outweigh other potential impacts. Wind power produces no air or water pollution, nor does it release global warming emissions. Compared with fossil fuels like coal, the development of wind energy can provide substantial benefits to wildlife and public health.

For example, the National Academy of Sciences has found that air pollutants from coal plants, which generate almost half of U.S. electicity, cause damages of at least $62 billion per year, mainly in the form of premature deaths from heart and lung disease. And that’s not even counting air emissions of mercury and other toxic metals, or the contamination of land and water supplies from coal mining and waste disposal, or the huge potential costs of global warming emissions from burning coal.

via Are There Serious Reservations in the Scientific Community Regarding Wind Energy? | Union of Concerned Scientists.

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