Stop the Funding of Wind Turbines

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Name: Tyler Woods

Specific Purpose: to persuade my audience that Wind Turbines are not a sufficient energy source

 

TITLE: Against Wind Turbines

 

INTRODUCTION

Attention: 30 billion dollars in government subsidies.

Thesis Sentence: The Government should stop funding Wind Turbines due to their inefficacy and environmental damage.

Preview: Today I will be discussing The major problems associated with Wind Turbines, the solution and what would happen if the problem isn’t fixed.

 

Transition: First, let’s begin by discussing all of the associated problems with Wind Turbines.

 

BODY

         I.            Although in theory wind energy sounds amazing, I mean free energy coming from wind that naturally happens is great right. Well no, we pour billions of dollars into this energy source and it is more expensive than most others. Also, this energy source isn’t very green it leads to the killing of wildlife and loss of habitat for wildlife as well.

a.       The government is constantly pouring money into these turbines that actually cost more than other forms of energy. Many people don’t know that the money raised by our government through subsidies actually goes to foreign wind companies, in what way does that help us.

                                                               i.      In an Article on Newsweek’s website, written by Randy Simmons, titled What’s the True Cost of Wind Power? It states “The Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University found that, as of 2010, 84% of total clean-energy grants awarded by the federal government went to foreign-owned wind companies.”

                                                             ii.      In Wind chill: Why Wind Energy Will Not Fill the UK’s Energy Gap, by Tony Lodge a research fellow for the Centre for Policy Studies, He says “The Royal Academy of Engineering has calculated that wind energy is two and a half times more expensive than other forms of electricity generation in the UK.”

b.       Not only are the actual money costs of this energy source not worth it, but the one thing Wind energy is supposed to do it doesn’t. Wind energy is supposed to be a green energy source which means no pollution or damage to the Earth. Well, Wind energy not only causes deforestation but kills birds and other flying animals.

                                                               i.      I have a personal story for this one. I have a deer lease in West Texas, we mostly deer hunt but during duck season I will kill a few ducks because they are always on our ponds. About 2 years ago the land around us had Wind Turbines put up on all the highest elevation spots. Ever since these were put up we have not had a single duck on our ponds. I mean previously there would be anywhere from 10-20 ducks on all of our ponds.

                                                             ii.      In an article by Wind-power-problems.org, titled Wind power problems, it says “Fragile ecosystems are destroyed, Birds and Bats are killed, Animal habitats are disrupted and wildlife is driven from the area.”

c.       On this chart you can see that Wind energy get 42% of the government subsidies , while it only produces 2% of our total energy.

                                                               i.      In an Article on ucsusa.org, a website for scientists to post findings and research, titled Environmental Impacts of Wind Power, It says “A recent National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC) review of peer-reviewed research found evidence of bird and bat deaths from collisions with turbines and due to changes in air pressure caused by the spinning turbines, as well as from habitat disruption.”

 

Transition: Now that we’ve discussed the problems associated with Wind Turbines, let’s discuss a solution.

 

       II.            The solution to this problem is pretty simple, stop funding wind energy. Start funding energy sources that have a greater output and actually help the economy. As I mentioned most of the money the government spent on wind energy goes to foreign companies, so start funding American renewable energy companies.

a.       In an Article on Energy.gov, a government website that focuses on energy use in the United States, titled Solar Energy in the United States, says “Solar power is more affordable, accessible, and prevalent in the United States than ever before. Since 2010, the average cost of solar PV panels has dropped more than 60% and the cost of a solar electric system has dropped by about 50%.”

                                                               i.      It is also notable to say that solar power has created 209,000 jobs. If we give even half the subsidies to solar or another better energy source think about all of the money that can not only be saved and created, but the amount of electricity theses sources can provide.

b.       How this works is the massive amounts of subsidies that goes to Wind Energy would start going to energy sources that are less costly and damaging such as solar energy farms.

Transition: Now that we’ve discussed a solution, let’s discuss what would happen if we don’t fix the problem.

 

     III.            If this problem is not dealt with immediately we are going to start funding more projects. I say we because Texas is a huge Wind Turbine state. West Texas has thousands upon thousands of Wind Turbines and plans to make many more. Texas is the biggest wind power state in the United states, and has spent 7 billion dollars on these wind turbines that again only produce 2 percent of our energy.

a.       In an article on stateimpacts.npr.org, a website dedicated to Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas, titled As Renewables Grow in Texas, Battles over Fees and Subsidies Emerge, it says “The federal government wants Texas to reduce its carbon emissions by about 40 percent.”

b.        Texas is going to really start funding renewable energy sources and wind energy will be a go too, causing tax payers to pay billions more.

 

Transition: Now that we’ve discussed what will happen if we don’t fix the problem, let’s review what we’ve discussed today.

 

CONCLUSION

Review: Today, we discussed The major problems associated with Wind Turbines, a solution, and what will happen if we don’t fix the problem.

Explicit Action: This speech will all be for nothing if no one does anything in this room. I have made it easy for you, all you need to do is go to Change.org and sign my petition. I have started a petition to fight against the use of Wind Turbines, it has this whole speech uploaded as the argument. I will check and scold every one of you that doesn’t sign my petition, so you better go sign it.

Last Thought: On a final note we have already spent 30 billion dollars on a source of energy that doesn’t provide even 5 percent of our energy. Let’s stop pouring all of these subsidies into wind energy and put it to better use.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

“As Renewables Grow in Texas, Battles Over Fees and Subsidies Emerge.” NPR, NPR, stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/06/25/as-renewables-grow-in-texas-battles-over-fees-and-subsidies-emerge/.

 

“Environmental Impacts of Wind Power.” Union of Concerned Scientists, www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/renewable-energy/environmental-impacts-wind-power#.WfecbLpFyGc

 

“Is Wind Power an Economical Alternative to Conventional Energy? - Alternative Energy - ProCon.org.” Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?, alternativeenergy.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001277.

 

Simmons, Randy. “What's the True Cost of Wind Power?” Newsweek, 25 Mar. 2016, www.newsweek.com/whats-true-cost-wind-power-321480  

 

“Solar Energy in the United States.” Department of Energy, energy.gov/eere/solarpoweringamerica/solar-energy-united-states.

 

“What They Don’t Tell You About Industrial Wind Power….” Wind Power Problems, www.wind-power-problems.org/



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