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Wed May 26, 2021, 08:32 AM

10. Wind power represents an unacceptable commitment to the filthy natural gas industry.

Wind power is not viable without natural gas backup power.

Every megawatt of wind power installed has to be backed up with a megawatt of gas power to provide power whenever wind can't meet demand, which is most of the time.

The natural gas industry knows this. This is why wind power hasn't been rejected in places like Texas or Denmark where the natural gas industry has very significant political power.

Hybrid gas / wind energy systems will not save the world as we know it. If we quit natural gas now, which we really must do if we want to avoid the worst consequences of global warming, then wind power becomes useless.

This is not an example of the perfect being the enemy of the good, it's just the hard math.

Using fossil fuels is analogous to smoking. If you have a pack-a-day habit (natural gas) and you cut back to a pack-every-other-day habit with vaping (wind energy) then you are still a smoker. If non-smokers embrace this smoking and vaping habit then their lives will be shortened as well.

The only way we'll quit fossil fuels by quitting fossil fuels. "Feel good" solutions like wind turbines are not going to help us. An economy powered entirely by wind, solar, and other "renewable" energy sources would look nothing like the economy many affluent people now enjoy.

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