Wind power is often criticized for the harm wind turbines can cause to birds. Now the American Wind Energy Association has launched a campaign to counter claims that turbines are bird-grinders and that, in fact, wind can be beneficial to wildlife.
“Expanding the use of wind power improves environmental conditions for wildlife because wind power has none of the harmful emissions, water use, mining, drilling and hazardous waste of other energy sources”, said AWEA.
The organization said the industry is committed to reducing its “low impacts” on the environment that surrounds wind turbines and farms. Recently NBC’s Nightly News featured the efforts to repower older wind turbines in California to reduce their impacts on birds.
The video below shows experts from the energy and environmental sectors making the case for wind power in relation to wildlife. What do you think? What can the wind industry do to protect birds from colliding with turbines?
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.