Wind Energy: Under Attack
The primary purpose of the passage was to refute arguments against wind energy. The author concedes the fault that wind farms are negative as they require lots of land. Though it is true, the author states, “majority of these plants are built on land that has already been cleared.” The land is leased out the the wind farmers by other ranchers or farmers. The space inbetween the turbines is used for agriculture or grazing. Wind turbines cause so many bird fatalities. The impact of turbines on the avian population is relatively small when compared to other causes of bird mortality. Examples of this included 80,000 birds are killed by airplanes, 57 million are killed by cars, and 97.5 million birds die from flying into windows, while wind turbines are responsible for 70,000 bird deaths. A recent study estimates that the habitat alteration caused by the construction of coal plants and oil refineries causes just as much, if not more, damage to the bird population compared to the presence of wind turbines. Wind farms also have the possibility of catching fire. If this occurs, it's extremely difficult to stop the fire. As the structure burns, toxic fumes can disperse across the area and smaller fires can be ignited below. Though this is a threat, fewer fires have been reported wind wind farms than coal mines, coal plants, oil rigs, or oil refineries. However, the most recent complaints from people living by them, complain about the low-frequency hum, also know as infrasound. The infrasound produced by the wind farms is the same sound produced by many common home appliances. Many people also whine about the aesthetics of the turbines, as they take away from the natural scenery.