Wind energy has always been a controversial subject. Many people claim that the turbines implemented in rural areas have negative effects on health. Others praise the renewable energy source for being sustainable power. Like most things in life wind power has its pros and cons. In the fight for a sustainable future, the pros outweigh the cons.
As a society we are constantly worried about the economy, particularly government spending, wind turbines do not aid this worry. Wind turbines are expensive machines, as costs range from about $1.3 million to more than $2.2 million, depending on the location. The upside to that is that operating costs are only about 3% annually. This rivals nuclear power plants, which cost around $9 million to make, with operation costs sitting at $1.64 cents/kWh.
From an environmental perspective, wind power is essentially a perfect energy source. As other sources of energy, such as fossil fuels - coal, oil, and gas, have proven to be harmful to our environment. Wind energy does little harm to our air or water, and therefore does not hurt humans or wildlife.
The controversy truly begins when we start talking about the social perspective of wind turbines. Many people living near wind farms or turbines are worried about their family's health and their own health. Turbines create noise and light pollution which can cause stress, annoyance and sleep disturbance.
All the aforementioned symptoms can impact your health and lead to other health problems. While these issues may be annoyances, they are far less than the health issues that can result from coal mining or fracking. Coal mining can result in lung damage, and oil decay and garbage can result in cancer, asthma, or any number of additional health problems.
The location of wind farms or turbines is very important. In order to catch the wind and produce it into energy, the turbines have to be placed on open land. Open land is usually found in the countryside. This was they will be able to catch wind and they will not disturb or slow infrastructure and development.
Whenever one talks about renewable resources or sustainability in general, global warming is referred to. Global warming is an ever-growing concern. The latest research is showing the warming of the planet is getting worse, not better. As a global society, we need to take action in order to create a lasting earth and a future. One of the biggest and best things about wind energy is the fact that it does not emit any greenhouse gases or other harmful toxins into the atmosphere.
Wind energy is a growing resource, with many corporations and governments opting for the renewable and sustainable resource. As the growth continues so will the industry, meaning the wind energy economy is booming. More and more turbines are popping up all over North American rural land. Wind power is a controversial issue but more and more studies are showing, that the pros definitely outweigh the cons.