Despite this generous support for over two decades, the wind industry has very little to show for it besides higher electricity prices and disappointing production results. Wind energy accounts for a disappointing 3 percent of electricity produced nationwide. Additionally, electricity rates have increased in many states due to mandates forcing electricity companies to include more wind energy sources in their power grids.
Ironically, wind energy is not nearly as environmentally friendly as its supporters would like us to believe.
Wind farms have caused unprecedented harm to bat and bird populations and their local ecosystems. An estimated 33,000 to 111,000 bats are predicted to be killed by wind turbines in the mid-Atlantic Highlands alone by 2020. According to The American Bird Conservancy, wind turbines kill between 75,000 and 275,000 birds per year including hundreds of bald eagles.
To top it off, Americans have to worry about the environmental cost of maintaining wind turbines. Often built in cold climates, wind turbines experience ice damage. To combat this problem, de-icing fluid, made up of two toxic chemicals known as propylene-glycol and ethylene-glycol, is placed on wind turbines. Runoff from this fluid is hazardous to the local fish and cattle population, and also contaminates the local food, soil, and groundwater.
At a time when Americans are struggling to find jobs and make ends meet, we cannot stand by and let special interest groups like those in the wind industry run Washington. Consumers, not the federal government, should decide what sources of energy should power their homes and businesses.
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