Hazardous to Birds, Humans, and the Environment
Besides being inefficient and expensive, wind energy has also been found to be hazardous during its manufacturing phase and operational phase.
A generator for a high-end wind turbine requires as much as 4,400 pounds of neodymium-based permanent magnet material. When neodymium is produced, the carcinogenic and radioactive waste is dumped into lakes, making both the water and the surrounding air toxic. It is estimated that seven million tons of waste a year are dumped into a single lake in China, which is the largest producer of neodymium.
Wind turbines are the largest killers of birdlife globally. They have a special liking for raptors and are infamous for adversely affecting many endangered species. An operational wind turbine is a certified bird-killer.
Wind turbine accidents are also becoming increasingly common. In the U.K. alone, hundreds of accidents are reported every year. Globally, thousands of wind structural collapses and related accidents occur annually.
All these factors make wind energy untenable. Even in the best operating seasons, wind has no competitive edge over conventional energy sources.
Some countries are already moving away from wind. Poland aims to scrap all its operational wind factories by 2035. (They're not farms, by the way. Farms grow plants and animals.) China has refused to approve further wind projectsdue to their inefficiency and higher costs.
Aside from isolated local applications not yet served by major electric grids, wind has little future in a world moving toward technological finesse in energy generation technologies. Wind makes us rely on a resource that is highly volatile and not under our control, thereby making it unsustainable no matter our advances in turbine technology.
Any hopes of a wind energy–powered utopian future are gone with the wind, literally. The wind sector functions solely to feed the pride of renewable crusaders, at taxpayers' and ratepayers' expense, and has been a burden to the world that is pushing toward energy development.
Vijay Jayaraj (M.Sc., environmental science, University of E