Windmills has more cons than pros
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Obviously, Windmills should only be up where it makes economic sense to do it - that is, the long run social benefits outweigh the social costs.
Some people see large wind turbines as unsightly structures and not pleasant or interesting to look at. They believe that wind turbines degrade the landscape.
Wind turbines generate noise. A subset of people who live near wind turbines find this noise annoying. A subset of those people get stressed by it. Wind turbine noise does not make people sick.
Birds are killed by wind turbines. Studies show that wind turbines do not threaten the vast majority of bird species populations. Killing birds, in other words, does not threaten birds generally. That said, wind turbines should not be sited on raptor migration routes, as the Altamont wind turbine farm was. The best evidence is that song birds migrate at 2000-4000 feet, far above wind turbines and sea birds avoid them according to radar and thermal studies of North Sea wind farms.
Bats are also killed by wind turbines, due to barotraumic stress (the reduced air pressure behind a wind turbine blade is damaging to bat's lungs and heart). However, bats are not killed in significant numbers compared to their populations by wind turbines. Bats are, however, killed in significant numbers in North America by white nose syndrome (300,000 in one cave alone.)
Windmills are simply not that dangerous to birds - and in fact may be a net benefit.
You think windmill noise is a problem?Try doing a shelter in place when a refinery has an 'accidental' release of sulfur dioxide or other noxious fumes.
I would agree that windmills should be placed away from homes - just for the sake of argument. Many are.
Or what about the soldier who had to go to Iraq to secure our oil fields from Saddam Hussein?
Fossil fuels come with obvious, blatant and dangerous costs. Wind energy helps reduce our use of these cost.
It is initially expensive, but I think it is worth it.
Right. There will be no power when there is no wind. So what? There's no solar power when there is no sun, no fossil fules when that dries up, no thermal when there is no heat... etc...
Wind has a unique place in the generation of renewable energy resources. Of course you are not going to use it exclusively, and you you should use it away from certain settings - some of which I agree - but that doesn't mean you don't build windmills.
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Vote Placed by LotusNG 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con was simply more convincing than pro.
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