Documents Home
View PDF, DOC, PPT, and XLS files on line

Add NWW documents to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

News Watch

Selected Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Energy Is Not the Answer  

Author:  | General

Abstract. Wind energy is not the answer to climate change concerns and cannot do the heavy lifting required by the modern American economy. It would take hundreds of thousands of wind turbines to make a substantial contribution to America’s energy needs. Building so many turbines inevitably causes conflicts with human and animal habitats. Wind turbine noise is a serious problem for those who live in the vicinity of so-called wind farms.


  1. Wind Energy Is Unreliable and Intermittent.
  2. Wind Turbines Are Weak Generators of Electric Power.
  3. Wind Energy and the Grid.
  4. Wind Energy Facilities Require Conventional Backup.
  5. Wind Energy Is Expensive.
  6. Government Forces Taxpayers and Consumers to Pay for Wind Energy.
  7. Wind Energy Facilities Have Negative Environmental Impacts.
    1. Wind Energy Facilities Cause “Energy Sprawl.”
    2. Wind Energy Facilities Damage Natural Habitats.
    3. Wind Energy Facilities Kill Birds and Bats.
    4. Wind Energy Facilities Are a Nuisance To Nearby Residents.
    5. Wind Energy Facilities Cause Aesthetic Harm.
  8. Wind Energy Facilities Cause Economic Harm.


Wind energy is inherently intermittent and so cannot provide a reliable source of electricity to the grid. As government compels us to increase our reliance upon wind power, wind’s intermittent nature will destabilize the grid, resulting in outages. Another result of wind’s intermittency is the need for backup, which negates any reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, wind energy fails to accomplish its primary mission, to reduce the threat of global climate change.

Wind energy is much more expensive per unit of power generated than electricity derived from fossil fuels or nuclear reactors. The free enterprise system has no incentive to embrace wind energy because it is uneconomical. Industrial scale wind energy facilities are constructed only with government mandates and subsidies. Taxpayers and consumers bear the cost of wind energy. The European experiment with wind power shows that the government wind energy model is unsustainable. Both our environment and our economy would be better off if wind power were abandoned again, as in the 1930s.

Investing money in wind energy is like buying expensive food that is low in calories. Every day you spend more money and lose more weight. As time goes on you have less energy and less money. Eventually, you either end up in the hospital or the poorhouse.

[with references]

Download original document: “Wind Energy Is Not the Answer

This material is the work of the author(s) indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this material resides with the author(s). As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Queries e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.