First, an introduction by John Droz, jr concerning the following article as reported in the MIT Technology Review .
Yesterday a major study was released, that concluded that wind turbines cause more atmospheric warming than using coal does!
There have been other studies that have come to this conclusion (e.g. here), but maybe since this came from Harvard, more people will pay attention to it…
This is a good time to step back and look at the current Wind Energy Scorecard. Studies from independent experts (see prior Newsletters) have concluded the following:
1 – Global Warming: Wind energy results in more warming than Coal does.
2 – Climate Change: Wind energy produces more CO2 than Gas or Nuclear does.
3 – Ratepayer Cost: Wind energy is 4-5 times the cost of conventional electrical energy sources.
4 – Local Economics: Wind energy is likely a net economic loser to a host community
5 – Health: Wind energy can cause severe health consequences to nearby residents.
6 – Environmental: Wind energy has multiple major environmental impacts.
7 – Jobs: Wind energy is net jobs liability.
8 – Fossil Fuels: Wind energy assures a continued reliance on fossil fuels.
9 – Sustainability: Wind energy has major dependence on unsustainable components (e.g. rare earths).
10-National Security: Wind energy can adversely affect the missions and operational readiness of military facilities, undermining our national security.
When we objectively look at the Big Picture, it is quite clear that there are no NET benefits from using wind energy. How did we go down such a losing path?
Because our energy policies were written by special-interest lobbyists, and these policies were NOT based on real Science.
As the well-known song says “…when will we ever learn?”
John Droz, jr.
physicist & citizen advocate
A Harvard study raises questions about just how much wind should be part of a climate solution.