Wind turbines could very well be the sustainable answer to a global energy crisis. In the U.S., as in most countries, commercial and residential electricity is usually generated by burning coal or natural gas. Just imagine the amount of coal necessary to power a city, not to mention the carbon emissions that result.
On the contrary, wind energy doesn’t pollute the air like power plants that rely on combustion of fossil fuels. Also, wind turbines won't produce atmospheric emissions that cause acid rain and greenhouse gasses.
And yet the biggest argument against the use of wind turbines is that "they're not pretty." and that they disrupt natural views. Seriously? Without implementing wind turbines on a global scale, we won't have anything nice left to view. I can't think of anything more selfish.
Site pollution is garbage. Pun intended. You know what is really an eyesore? People fleeing their counties as climate change refugees because their home is not longer inhabitable. Or is now under water.
So, which states do you think lead the way for most wind turbines? Who is number one! California?! Nope! We didn't even make the top three.
The five states with the most wind capacity installed at the start of 2017 were:
Texas (20,321 MW)
Iowa (6,917 MW)
Oklahoma (6,645 MW)
California (5,662 MW)
Kansas (4,451 MW)
Good news! Over the past 10 years, cumulative wind power capacity in the U.S. increased an average of 30% per year! But we're not nearly there yet, we have a long way to go. And don't look at wind turbines as "eye sores" look at them as a tool that could save our planet from centuries of bad eco-habits.
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