Niall McMahon

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Wind in the Media

2011-07-20

Niall McMahon

One of the good things about wind is that it is essentially well-understood. The effect of a wind turbine on its immediate environment is pretty quantifiable. Much more so than fracking or large scale hydro, to choose two examples recently in mind. There are lots of things to debate - the scale of deployment, where the turbines ought to be put, aesthetics and more - but impartial facts about wind energy ought to be easily accessible. Overtly partisan groups and apparently partisan articles reduce the clarity of public debate. After all, almost everybody agrees that there's an energy problem. Sticking to the facts, where they exist, will help us to find the least bad solution.