Sometime before I started blogging, I heard or read somewhere something completely counter-intuitive (and, actually, completely false) — that wind turbines created more emissions than they saved because of the energy required to manufacture and transport them. When I ‘learned’ that, I thought perhaps it was right, and if it was, it was a very depressing thing.
However, after getting into cleantech blogging, I learned that was completely false. Of course, I also learned a lot more about the cleantech misinformation machine that spreads this lie and so many others to try to stop the clean energy revolution, or at least slow it.
Now, the excellent post below is for anyone who hasn’t learned yet that wind power does in fact produce more than enough clean energy to have a very positive effect on the global climate (that is, to reduce CO2 emissions from other energy sources, and thus, reduce global warming). It’s got some other interesting and useful information in it as well. Here’s the full repost, from Skeptical Science:
Adding wind power saves CO2 (via Skeptical Science)
Posted on 21 June 2012 by MarkR Over the past decade, engineers and scientists have studied questions about the effectiveness of wind farms. They found that turbines produce much more energy than they take to build and that even though wind needs backup power stations for when it’s calm, they still…
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