Wind Energy : An Energy Source Alternative Essay

950 Words Oct 21st, 2016 4 Pages
Wind: An Energy Source Alternative

Wind power is a renewable source of energy. Wind turbines convert the wind’s kinetic energy into mechanical or electrical energy that can be used for power. Wind energy is viewed as a clean alternative to fossil fuels and can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Wind energy can provide a lot of benefits to the ecosystem and economy of the United States. While wind energy does have a lot of perks, some people argue that wind energy is an expensive and unreliable source of energy. Do the benefits of using wind energy outweigh their flaws to be a long-term solution to reduce the use of fossil fuels? Would converting to wind energy be a solution for reducing fossil fuel usage and greenhouse emissions? Benefits of using wind energy include low long-term cost, job creation, renewable source and a clean source. While some of the wind energy disadvantages are biological impacts, expensive startup, construction, reliability, and remote locations. The first benefit of using wind as an energy source instead of fossil fuels is that it provides an alternative clean energy source. Wind energy does not produce pollutants or harmful chemicals unlike fossil fuels. Fossil fuels can create excess amounts of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide (4). This leads to an increase in smog pollution and ozone depletion that causes global warming. Wind energy is also a renewable source. Because winds are a natural occurrence there is no need to create or…

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