Green Energy Disasters
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According to recent reports, wind turbines taller than the Statue of Liberty are collapsing, some right here in the U.S.. Even worse, some of these turbines have only been in operation for less than a year.
According to industry experts, the reason for these dangerous failures is a race to build even bigger turbines, even though the technology and production capabilities to do so still lag. As the CEO of GE—a major turbine manufacturer—put it: “It takes time to stabilize production and quality on these new products.” But, clearly, the industry—trying keep up with green-at-all-costs demands—isn’t taking that time.
Meanwhile, dozens of officials and local wildlife groups in New Jersey have called for a halt to offshore wind development in the face of an “unprecedented” number of whale deaths off the East Coast. At least ten whales have been found beached in the area just since December.
This is just another example of how dangerous it is to wager our American energy future on unreliable and untested technology. The U.S. is already facing the problem of disposing of more than 720,000 tons of blade material over the next 20 years. Now we are facing dangers for both the people and the wildlife living around this so-called “green” energy.
We cannot fuel our nation’s future with energy sources that are literally collapsing around us. America already leads the world in lowering carbon emissions using trusted sources like natural gas for our energy needs. For more information on how to build a safe and reliable energy future for all Americans, check out TEA’s Common Sense Energy Agenda.