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Wind turbines and dirty mines — Hypocrisy at its Finest

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Environmentalists love wind turbines, right? They’re so healthy and good for the environment, so pretty, innocent, clean. Environmentalists love peddling heartwarming images of wind farms basking under sunny blue skies and nestled in the bucolic embrace of verdant hills. People picnic under them, children skip and shout for joy at the sight of them!

But what environmentalists don’t show you is how wind turbines are made. So I will. Here goes: wind turbines are predominantly made of steel, and steel is predominantly made of iron. Manufacturing wind turbines requires extensive mining of iron ore, which means mountains and valleys get ripped to shreds. Not to mention all the other metals such as copper, nickel and  titanium that have to be dug out of ground to build every wind turbine displayed in those heartwarming images.

How do you feel about those pretty wind turbines now? Are they still clean? Are they still green? Are they still heartwarming and bucolic? Hardly. (I could also show you images of carbon-spewing cement factories that produce the cement bases for offshore wind turbines, or steel factories that actually turn iron ore into steel but I’ll save that for another occasion.)   Read full article, here….

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2 Comments on “Wind turbines and dirty mines — Hypocrisy at its Finest”

  1. Michael Fuller October 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    And where do we mine the materials to build other power generation infrastructure?
    And where do we get coal for coal power plants?

    • Donna Quixote October 21, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      How much of our energy in Ontario is derived from coal, Michael? Or is it a bigger issue close to where you live?

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