2. Wind turbines are cheap
Wind turbines on land are one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy, bested only by geothermal power by a small margin. Wind turbines on land only use about 4 cents subsidy per kWh. For sea wind, that price is currently 7 cents, but that will rapidly decrease. Nowadays, in places along the coast, wind turbines can run almost without subsidy. The fossil fuel industry on the other hand, receives a great amount of subsidy.
Contamination is extremely expensive. The costs of contamination caused by fossil fuels – climate change, air pollution are now paid with tax-payers money. Wind turbines deliver energy cleanly.
Those who think wind turbines are expensive, usually do not consider these factors:
- The air pollution caused by energy generation with fossil fuels, and the costs it brings with it regarding climate change. If you factor those costs into the equation, renewable energy can easily compete with fossil energy, wind energy being the cheapest of those methods. At the moment, the costs for the emission of one tonne of CO2 is a measly 5 euros, while the real costs for the emission is around 67 euros. 13 times as high!
- Job opportunities: Wind energy creates lots more job opportunities than energy plants reliant on fossil fuels.
- The costs of fossil fuel will keep increasing, as the supply lessens. The costs of wind turbines will keep falling as they become easier to install, and the demand grows. And unlike with fossil fuels, the wind supply will never run out. D
We need to invest in wind in order to sustain the future economy on only renewable energy. If we do not make the transition now, future generations will have an enormous problem.