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Report: Oil and Gas Kill Far More Birds than Wind Turbines

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 4, 2016 10:28:16 AM

A new white paper looks at several myths about wind energy.bird-kills-by-energy-source-green-builder.jpg

I remember being cornered at a building industry dinner by a PR flack for some Texas oil company. She asked me if I had heard about wind turbines "exploding." She presented the idea like it was some fast conspiracy to cover up a deadly threat to human health. I wasn't buying it. My brother worked for years on wind turbines, as one of those poor fools who have to climb 300 ft. into the air to do maintenance. He laughed when I told him the story. "I've seen them rip themselves apart if the governor is not set up properly, but the only people likely to get hurt would be those of us working on it at the time."

Yet myths are sticky things, and hard to get rid of sometimes. So I thought I'd share a white paper from The Climate Reality Project, which clears up a lot of nonsense about wind turbines, including their deadly impact on bird populations. Do they kill birds? Yes. But virtually all current forms of energy production except solar PV are worse. That doesn't mean the technology can't and shouldn't take this concern seriously. But it puts things in perspective.

Download the myths about wind energy doc HERE.

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