Resource Documents: Emissions (133 items)
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Taking the Wind Out of Climate Change
Author: Droz, John
The proponents of Climate Change insist that we are facing an imminent existential threat to our very existence. To prevent this catastrophe they assert that we must make immediate, impactful changes – particularly regarding our energy policies. The primary solution advocated by the major Climate Change advocates (e.g., the IPCC and the scientists comprising the so-called 97% consensus) is industrial wind energy. The fundamental question is: if we accept the Climate Change contention and then spend Trillions of dollars to assiduously . . .More »
Economics, Emissions, Environment, Health, Noise, Property values •
Wind power harms the environment, fuels bad energy policies and poor investments
Author: Gitt, Brian
I love the *idea* of wind power. It sounds natural. Clean. Moral. But in reality, wind power harms the environment & people—especially low-income people. The myths about wind power are fueling bad energy policies & poor investments. The facts make it all look ridiculous. 2/ MYTH: wind power helps the environment. Wind power requires excessive mining & land use. It industrializes coastline & kills wildlife. Nuclear & natural gas power plants reduce CO₂ emissions more effectively. U.S. Energy Information Administration: . . .More »
Emissions, Environment, Scotland •
Quantifying the land-based opportunity carbon costs of onshore wind farms
Author: Albanito, Fabrizio; et al.
Highlights The displacement of terrestrial carbon stocks is crucial to quantifying the environmental impact of onshore wind energy. Direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions are quantified spatially based on land cover types and wind farm characteristics. Emissions of land use change from the construction of 3848 wind turbines across Scotland vary from 16 g CO₂ kWh−1 in shrubland to 1760 g CO₂ kWh−1 in peatland. Opportunity costs of onshore wind farms range from £0.30 to £65.0 per MWh of electricity . . .More »
Virginia and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Author: Stevenson, David
Virginia Governor Northam led the Commonwealth into the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). I conducted a multi-state study, updated for Virginia, which came to the same conclusion as a Congressional Research Center study . The dozen-year-old RGGI program has resulted in no significant additional emission reduction compared to comparison states, but did shift generation to other states. Virginia electric generation fell 9% in the first ten months of 2021 despite a 7% increase in demand as the purchase of . . .More »