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Inconvenient Truth: Wind Energy Has Killed More Americans Than Nuclear
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Posted on 03/17/2011 12:43:09 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Inconvenient Truth: Wind Energy Has Killed More Americans Than Nuclear By Lachlan Markay Created 03/17/2011 - 1:43pm

By Lachlan Markay | March 17, 2011 | 13:43

There has been quite a bit of hysteria among some major media outlets in the past few days regarding the potential dangers of nuclear power. Some have even suggested that the benefits of nuclear energy do not outweigh its potential dangers to human life.

The dangers of nuclear power, while serious, need to be put in perspective. To that end, here's an interesting fact you won't be hearing from the mainstream press: wind energy has killed more Americans than nuclear energy.

You read that right. According to the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, there were 35 fatalities associated with wind turbines in the United States from 1970 through 2010. Nuclear energy, by contrast, did not kill a single American in that time.

The meltdown at Three Mile Island in 1979 did not kill or injure anyone, since the power plant's cement containment apparatus did its job - the safety measures put in place were effective. Apparently the safety measures associated with wind energy are not adequate to prevent loss of life.

Nuclear accounts for about nine percent of America's energy, according to the Energy Information Administration, and has yet to cause a single fatality here. Wind, on the other hand, provides the United States with only 0.7 percent of its energy, and has been responsible for 35 deaths in the United States alone. So if we're trying to weigh the costs and benefits of each, it seems wind fares far worse than nuclear. Yet no one seems to be discussing plans to halt production of all new wind farms until Americans' safety can be guaranteed.

Of course there are potential dangers to nuclear energy that the nation, thankfully, has not had to endure. But when assessing the dangers of a given technology, it usually helps to look at what has actually happened, not what could maybe, possibly, conceivably happen in the event of a Biblical-scale disaster.

Unfortunately, doomsday scenarios tend to get far more media play than level-headed analysis.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carnage; deaths; energy; greenenergyhoax; wind

1 posted on 03/17/2011 12:43:10 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Very interesting, thanks. Rather than use this to pit wind vs. nuclear it should illustrate that everything has risk, and that Japan catastrophe should be used as a learning opportunity, not for political purposes.


2 posted on 03/17/2011 12:48:46 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Sub-Driver

Furthermore, do you know why so many of the modern windmills are still? Repairs must be accomplished by a man climbing a narrow, circular staircase up the shaft from inside and carrying all his tools up with him and down again. Generally the windmills are constructed through the use of a helicoptor.

Who wants to do that kind of work?


3 posted on 03/17/2011 12:49:23 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Sub-Driver

A”As nighttime darkness falls... killer windmills stalk the countryside...”


4 posted on 03/17/2011 12:49:48 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dry understatements free of charge, one per customer until supplies are exhausted.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It really doesn’t matter if wind energy is ineffective, inefficient, unreliable, kills more than nuclear, and drives anyone living within 10 miles insane from the “woosh woosh woosh” low frequencies of the blades (when they are actually working) ... it is more “enlightened and progressive” than the icky “fossil fuels” and the horrible nuclear nightmare.


5 posted on 03/17/2011 12:49:53 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Sub-Driver

There was no ‘meltdown’ at Three Mile Island — in 1979 or any other year.


6 posted on 03/17/2011 12:51:24 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Sub-Driver

Lest we overlook the piles of dead birds under these blenders as well...


7 posted on 03/17/2011 12:51:50 PM PDT by IamConservative (Liberalism - the surety of knowing that which cannot be proven.)
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To: Sub-Driver
I think there might be a little bit of distortion here. How did the wind farms kill people? Was it during construction or maintenance? I think there may have been fatalities during the construction of nuclear plants.

I'm very much in favor of increasing the supply of nuclear power, but if the pro-nuke side distorts the facts, it makes selling the idea to the public much more difficults.

8 posted on 03/17/2011 12:52:17 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than any American nuclear power facility. Thus, logically, Ted Kennedy ought to be banned forever from driving.

...oh wait...

9 posted on 03/17/2011 12:53:11 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Using a starting point of 1970 skews the fact there have been no fatalities in the US due to nuclear power. If you go back to its inception, it’s not true. However, when all are tallied, wind power would still have the dubious lead.


10 posted on 03/17/2011 12:54:11 PM PDT by edpc (Tagline under construction: Your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars at work.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Interesting but irrelevant and misleading. I’m all for safe nuclear energy, but there’s a big difference between the potential for disaster if a windmill fails vs. a nuclear plant failure.


11 posted on 03/17/2011 12:54:44 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Mrs. Don-o

A”As nighttime darkness falls... killer windmills stalk the countryside...”

We live in eastern New Mexico. We love it for the wide open space, escape from the city, everything one could love about country living. Nothing like seeing a ranch house that’s been out there for decades, robbed of the quiet, and starlit nights by the bright red lights of the windmills on yonder ridge.


12 posted on 03/17/2011 12:54:47 PM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Who wants to do that kind of work?

millions of out of work Americans thats who


13 posted on 03/17/2011 12:57:08 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: bigbob

You’re overlooking a large benefit of wind turbines.

The shredded poultry downstream can be fed to the starving victims of the Baraqqi Depression.


14 posted on 03/17/2011 1:01:04 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Maybe they can find some Mexicans? /s


15 posted on 03/17/2011 1:01:56 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Who wants to do that kind of work?

In this Baraqqi Depression, I'd speculate that if you offered $15 / hour, there would be a long line up of people applying for the job.

16 posted on 03/17/2011 1:03:02 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: al baby

Maybe so, but it’s very unpleasant work. My husband used to work for a company that made and installed windmills. It’s claustrophobia cubed.


17 posted on 03/17/2011 1:03:50 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: edpc
Commercial nuclear power has never had a fatality due to the nuclear nature of nuclear power.

If you go back to the days of research reactors (military) there were fatalities.

SL-1 Reactor Accident

18 posted on 03/17/2011 1:13:05 PM PDT by Pontiac
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So is living in a car or cardboard box


19 posted on 03/17/2011 1:20:11 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: Sub-Driver
People are freaking over the potential harm from the nuke plants. They seem to be ignoring the thousands of people who died in the earthquake and tsunami.
20 posted on 03/17/2011 1:23:05 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Sub-Driver

The left wants to demonize nuclear and natural fuel such as oil and coal, which we have in abundance. Facts are like kryptonite to liberals.


21 posted on 03/17/2011 1:34:58 PM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: WestwardHo

And on top of everything else, I understand they kill migratory birds.


22 posted on 03/17/2011 1:36:06 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dry understatements free of charge, one per customer until supplies are exhausted.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

... this calls for a modern Don Quixote story... but this time about a bunch of liberals who attack nuclear plants... oh, irony.


23 posted on 03/17/2011 1:36:17 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrates Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Sub-Driver

24 posted on 03/17/2011 1:37:41 PM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: kevinm13

Liberals wallow in intellectual defeatism and surrenderism to any issue they feel they cannot understand or perform... uh... oh... wait... that’s about everything and that is why they are all sociopath. They cannot hold a normal conversation, it scares them... to... you know... try to make sense.

Are liberals really the sufferers of autism, and is this autism “epidemic” just another system of their abuse?


25 posted on 03/17/2011 1:38:53 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrates Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: nascarnation
In this Baraqqi Depression, I'd speculate that if you offered $15 / hour, there would be a long line up of people applying for the job.

Not necessarily. Unless they could trash a state capital somewhere.

26 posted on 03/17/2011 1:48:26 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver
I do not want this poorly engineered crap near me. Image and video hosting by TinyPic
27 posted on 03/17/2011 1:49:35 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Level headed analysis? Comparing the deaths from wind turbines to the deaths from nuclear power plants?

The lowest estimate of deaths from the chernobyl explosion is about 4,000. Had some pretty serious downstream health effects as well. And several hundred thousand people had to be resettled.

I tend to favor building more nuclear power plants. But pretending that there is some point of comparison between the risks of wind turbines and the risk from nuclear power plants makes the one making the comparison look a tad silly.


28 posted on 03/17/2011 1:50:37 PM PDT by dmz
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To: Sub-Driver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nSB1SdVHqQ&feature=related


29 posted on 03/17/2011 1:55:37 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How many Americans have been killed by OUR Nuke Plants?


30 posted on 03/17/2011 1:58:21 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Sub-Driver
9% of our energy comes from nukes? Is that correct? I thought it was more like 19-20%.

I watched a TV show where a crew was installing an enormous windmill in some New England coastal town. It looked like a nighmare and was extremely dangerous.

31 posted on 03/17/2011 1:59:46 PM PDT by lwd
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To: edpc
Using a starting point of 1970 skews the fact there have been no fatalities in the US due to nuclear power.

Technically it's correct with the world's entire history of nuclear as commonly understood, IOW commercial. We had a few deaths long ago on government experimental systems, but not one death ever in a commercial plant.

32 posted on 03/17/2011 2:15:29 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: dmz
The lowest estimate of deaths from the chernobyl explosion is about 4,000. Had some pretty serious downstream health effects as well. And several hundred thousand people had to be resettled.

I would make what I call the "communist exception" on that. They didn't give a damn about the environment or people. For example, it would be wrong to compare the environmental or health impact of your average chemical plant in the US with communist-era plants. When the wall came down, West Germans were shocked at the open toxic pits scattererd all over the East.

33 posted on 03/17/2011 2:20:44 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: dmz
The lowest estimate of deaths from the chernobyl explosion is about 4,000. Had some pretty serious downstream health effects as well.

Nope. 56 people died as a direct result of the accident.

The 4000 number is the total expected over the next few decades. IOW it IS the downstream health effects.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article563041.ece

34 posted on 03/17/2011 2:40:10 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: antiRepublicrat; Pontiac

Yes and no. I am guessing they’re including accidents, such as falls and so on in the tally for wind turbine fatalities. There have been fatalities at commercial plants of a non-nuclear nature, such as electrocution.


35 posted on 03/17/2011 3:05:03 PM PDT by edpc (Tagline under construction: Your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars at work.)
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To: Sub-Driver; newgeezer

Right. No one working at a nuclear plant ever had an accident and died in the last 35 years.


36 posted on 03/17/2011 3:08:46 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (My dad put his arm around me like that once, to this very day he wears orthopedic shirts.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; newgeezer
Generally the windmills are constructed through the use of a helicoptor.

BS!!

37 posted on 03/17/2011 3:09:51 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (My dad put his arm around me like that once, to this very day he wears orthopedic shirts.)
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To: Sub-Driver

bm


38 posted on 03/17/2011 3:29:03 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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