Wind power turbines on a clear sunny day

Wind power is one of the most popular choices of clean and green energy. It has the benefits of not creating emissions, and turbines can be easily installed and bought into operation, unlike creating a Nuclear Plant or Drilling for oil.

There are a few downsides to consider though:

  • Local residents report a loud humming noise that would qualify as noise pollution.
  • Many birds accidentally fly into the blades and are killed. If you’re an animal lover, it would be hard to support wind power in its current form.
  • Many places in the world are not suitable for wind power because they’re simply no windy enough.
  • Some people report wind farms as eyesores, so the NIMBY (not in my back yard) brigade is strong in this sector.

Overall, wind power is a worthwhile part of the global energy mix. It’ll be suited more to some places then others, just like the alternatives.

There are also likely to be ways to avoid bird deaths, or reduce the noise factors. We must remember that technology can solve problems with existiong energy choices, as well as helping us harness new ones.

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