For all of its opponents’ arguments, wind energy remains one of the cornerstones of our present and future clean energy framework, and while there is no shortage of stories about wind turbines being harmful to birds, bats, and humans, much worse could be said about the effects of our current fossil fuel addiction, and the environmentally destructive extraction, refining, and transportation processes that go into feeding it.
The wind energy industry is not only generating clean renewable energy, but it’s also creating jobs and boosting local economies, while also driving down energy costs and contributing to a reduction in energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. The fossil fuels industry can’t touch that. And because of that, the wind industry in the United States continues to grow by leaps and bounds, is already cost-competitive with natural gas in this country, and could account for 20% of our national energy mix by 2030.
But one old chestnut that continues to haunt wind energy is the mysterious ‘wind turbine syndrome‘ that is reported to affect certain people living near wind turbines, and which no amount of debunking seems to be able to blow away. So it amuses me that Siemens Wind Power, one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers, made a video featuring the noise of wind (which to some people sounds like money in the bank), in which wind is used to create an iconic American song, America the Beautiful.
That video is a great follow-on to last year’s creation, which celebrated Siemens’ largest onshore wind power order to date (448 wind turbines for MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa wind farms), with the orchestration of Strauss’ Blue Danube from the sounds of the wind:
(A longer version of the Blue Danube video is available on the Siemens website.)
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