Wind Power Environmental Concerns

Wind Power Environmental Concerns
March 11, 2012

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)

Grassroots environmental groups, such as Save Western Ohio, are expressing serious concerns about the negative environmental impacts of wind power. The groups emphasize several worries:

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wind turbines in the United States annually kill 440,000 birds, including many protected and endangered species. 

Wind turbines kill a prodigious number of bats, though the actual number of kills is hard to quantify.

Wind farms require 300 square miles or more of land to produce as much power as a single conventional power plant.

Wind turbines are most efficient in aesthetically and environmentally important places such as mountain ridges and coastlines.

Large swaths of land must be developed for new transmission lines to bring wind power to urban demand centers.

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)