Wind Facts

Wind energy facts they don’t want you to know

We have been misled. Benefits are overstated and environmental/economic costs greatly understated. So what are the problems? Here are some links to get you started on your own research.

  • Wind turbines produce very little electricity.
    Turbine output is intermittent, highly volatile andlargely unpredictable. The U.S. had total generating capacity of 13,885 megawatts (MW) as of September 30, 2006. That sounds like a lot of electricity, but if these turbines average a generous 27% of their rated capacity, that’s less than one-half of 1% of the electricity produced in the U.S. during 2003.
    Check out: www.awea.org/projects/index.html [+]
  • Wind farms do not stop the need for reliable generating capacity.
    Reliable generating capacity must always be available to “back up” unreliable wind energy. New capacity will have to be added as electricity demand increases whether or not turbines are built. This could mean that you will pay twice — once for expensive wind projects and again for reliable generating capacity.
  • Large costs for “wind farms” are shifted to ordinary taxpayers and electric customers. Subsidies, tax breaks, R&D funding, state payments to developers, guaranteed markets from mandated “renewable portfolio standards” and mandated purchases of “green electricity” by government agencies, and states requiring utilities to offer “green” electricity at higher prices keep this venture green … for investors.
    Check out: www.abanet.org/environ/committees/renewableenergy/teleconarchives/121504/feoppt.pdf [+] and www.aweo.org/Schleede.html [+]
  • Turbines present serious health risks.
    Besides blade thump and the low-frequency hum, wind turbines present serious health concerns. Nina Pierpont, M.D., board-certified pediatrician licensed in New York, has discovered such problems as elevated blood pressure, increased stress hormones, disturbed sleep and breathing, problems for those with motion sickness and vertigo/strobe problems for those with seizure disorders.
    Check out: www.windturbinesyndrome.com [+]
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