Wind Works! *, **, ***, ****, *****, ******
* Wind requires natural gas peaker plants to run in the background, emitting greenhouse gasses.
**Wind facilities will fragment at least 20,000 square miles of our land just to generate 20% of our energy.
***Wind turbines are expected to kill up to a million birds each year, including raptors and migratory birds.
****The wind industry does not accept Sierra Club advice on how to avoid killing wildlife.
*****The wind industry testified before Congress to weaken environmental law.
******Energy efficiency and rooftop solar programs are a better alternative than wind, and can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels without destroying ecologically intact lands.
|Crews destroy Joshua Tree woodland habitat to make way for more giant wind turbines in the west Mojave Desert. Photo by Friends of Mojave.|
|A single wind turbine pad. The turbine will eventually rise to a height of over 400 feet and endanger raptors foraging for food. Photo by Friends of Mojave|
|The Pine Tree wind energy project, which has etched wide access roads into ecologically intact habitat near Tehachapi, California. This facility is responsible for at least 8 Golden Eagle deaths, and stands in the path of foraging California Condors.|