Fossil Fuels: Pros And Disadvantages Of Wind Energy

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Wind Energy For years’ people have debated the best course of action for confronting the energy crisis. Fossil fuels continue to be the main source of energy not only in the United States but also in most of the world. Although fossil fuels get the job done, the are non-renewable resource that will eventually run out. Not only are they non renewable they also pollute the earth and destroy nature. Burning fossil fuels emits toxins into the air that can harm animals and humans when they breath the air; even with laws and technology to lessen pollution there is still no way to stop pollution from burning these fuels. The main fossil fuel is oil; searching and drilling for oil disrupts natural habits causing damage to nature and the animals that …show more content…
First, it keeps water cold by not producing any emissions that could contaminate water. It also uses significantly less water to produce the same amount of power. Nuclear power uses 600 times more water and coal power uses 500 times more water than wind energy to produce the same amount of electricity. Wind also keeps the air clean. Other forms of power such as oil, coal, and nuclear power pollute the air, where as wind power is one hundred percent pollution free. Coal and nature gases also produce greenhouse gases that are harmful to the earth, wind energy does not produce any greenhouse gases. Wind energy also cuts down the need for mining and transportation of fuel. Wind does not need to be mined for and creates electricity at the source which eliminates the need for transporting fuel. Lastly, wind energy preserves land. Wind farms cover large spaces but their “footprint” only covers a small area of landing. This means there is still room for animals and crops. The wind turbines can also be built on existing farms or ranches. This way farmers can still grow crops and raise cattle while the wind turbines create electricity. Wind energy also has many other benefits. Wind energy is extremely space efficient; a large turbine can power about 600 homes in America meaning only a few wind farms are needed. Wind energy can also never run out meaning the United States will never have to go without electricity. It also cuts down …show more content…
The first is the look of wind turbines. Many people dislike the way wind turbines look and believe they take away from the beauty of nature. This can be combated by painting the wind turbines a neutral color and placing them in a satisfying way. Wind turbines can also create a shadow from the blades at certain times of the day. In order to avoid this, wind turbines are placed in areas where shadows will not affect any neighborhood for any large amount of time. Another concern is bird collisions. With new advances in the technology of wind turbines bird collisions have decreased to almost none. A few disadvantages are not so easily combatted, such as construction. The construction of wind farms costs a large amount of money and takes a significant amount of time and work. This can be good because it produces more jobs but bad because it can displace people and animals. The hope is that the advantages of wind energy outweigh the disadvantages. Wind energy has come a long way since it was first introduced, however it still has a long way to go. Wind does not always blow, so in order for wind to continuously power the county there needs to be some sort of energy storage. There also needs to be transmission lines to move the electricity from the wind farms in rural areas to cities. Finally, the initial cost of wind farms and turbines needs to decrease. Even though wind energy is very cheap after

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