Industrial Wind Power in the Mountains of Virginia
Wind energy is promoted as an alternative to dependence on foreign oil, an alternative to mountain top removal, coal mining, an alternative to fossil fuel combustion. and part of the solution to global warming, and its free! Wind energy is expensive and dependent on subsidies and incentives, it provides relatively little in terms of energy and air quality benefits, it has significant wildlife impacts, and its development threatens our remaining wild landscape. Yet public perception has been carefully managed-benefit claims are wildly exaggerated-and we are distracted from the real problems.