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Wind Energy and the Environment

Wind energy helps to reduce air pollution

Our energy choices have a big impact on the air we breathe. Wind energy is 100% clean and renewable and doesn't pollute our air or water. Click on the link to read the Public Interest Research Group's 2004 report "Plagued by Pollution" regarding the health impacts of air pollution in the U.S.

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Wind energy and wildlife

Wind energy is good for the environment, which means it's good for the wildlife that rely on the environment for survival. Air pollution and habitat destruction from the production, transportation, and combustion of fossil fuels in conventional power plants kills many more birds than wind turbines ever will. According to the National Audubon Society, climate change and habitat destruction are two of the biggest threats to bird populations, and so the Audubon Society supports responsibly-sited windparks

Responsibly-sited wind turbines do not kill large numbers of birds, either in absolute or relative terms. Nationwide, collisions with wind turbines kill about 1/100th of 1% (0.0001%) of all birds killed annually due to human activity, compared with collisions with buildings and windows, which are responsible for about 55% of annual bird deaths. Even housecats represent a far greater threat to birds than windparks.  About 10% of bird deaths are due to housecats — in the U.S. alone, some estimates put the number birds killed by housecats at ONE BILLION per year! Wind energy is pollution free and preserves open spaces, and presents much less of a threat to wildlife than other sources of energy — click on the link to read about wind and wildlife.

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Wind energy and climate change

Climate change presents a serious environmental threat to humans and other living creatures. The American Bird Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation have produced a report titled "The Birdwatcher's Guide to Global Warming", which provides an in-depth analysis of how global climate change may affect bird species. Climate change could also have serious consequences for the economy. Wind energy produces electricity without creating any greenhouse gases. Click on the link to view a presentation from the Union of Concerned Scientists titled "Hedging Future Carbon Risk with Wind Power."

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