Wind farms are unlike traditional methods of generating electricity in that they are outrageously inefficient. But they are similar in that both are said to cause allegedly deleterious warming:
Researchers at the State University of New York at Albany analysed the satellite data of areas around large wind farms in Texas, where four of the world’s largest farms are located, over the period 2003 to 2011.
The results, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, showed a warming trend of up to 0.72 degrees Celsius per decade in areas over the farms, compared with nearby regions without the farms.
“We attribute this warming primarily to wind farms,” the study said. The temperature change could be due to the effects of the energy expelled by farms and the movement and turbulence generated by turbine rotors, it said.
Fortunately we don’t need to worry too much about ice caps melting, causing the seas to rise, everyone to drown, and worse yet, the sacred man-eating polar bears to be inconvenienced. Wind farms will only be around for as long as the government subsidies last. Since the nation will go bankrupt within a few years if grownups aren’t put in charge of government spending, the inefficient and noisy bird-killing eyesores will soon be history.
On tips from Steve T, Stormfax, Wingmann, and G. Fox.