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WASHINGTON – It's no secret that President Trump doesn't really like wind power. He has been vocal on the subject for years ago struggling with Scottish officials over a plan to build it, he called a "really nasty wind farm" within the sight of his golf town in Aberdeen.
Here is a closer look at some of his recent comments.
You can get cancer. (You will not.)
During the wind turbines of the National Republican Congress Committee's annual spring dinner in Washington Tuesday Mr Trump said: "They say the noise causes cancer."
The suggestion for Turbine sounds cause cancer is completely unfounded. "The American Cancer Society is unaware of any credible evidence linking the noise of wind turbines to cancer," a group spokeswoman said in an email.
Separately, some researchers have investigated claims that wind turbine noise may cause other health problems such as nausea, headache or insomnia. So far, experts have not found strong evidence of links to these conditions, although this debate is likely to continue.
Compared to research on coal power, an energy source such as Mr. Trump has long fought for the difference strong.
There is ample evidence to connect particle pollution from coal plants to heart disease, respiratory problems and lung cancer. Then Mr. Trump moved to relax carbon pollution pollution restrictions last year, his own environmental protection agency said the change could lead to as many as 1,400 early deaths every year by 2030.
Property values will subdue. (Unlikely.)
At the same dinner, Mr Trump made this statement: "If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house fell just 75 percent in value."
There has been a Few minor studies suggesting that wind turbine development may have depressed property values in some areas. But the evidence balance suggests that this is unusual. Many major studies, including an analysis of more than 50,000 home sales across nine states, conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2013, have found no evidence that home values in general are affected by nearby wind projects .
In any case, Mr. Trumps golf course in Scotland not to have been economical after the construction of the wind farm in the vicinity.
The lights will go out if the wind falls. (They will not.)
At a rally in Ohio last month, Mr. Trump that wind power was too unreliable to be useful. "Let's put some windmills," he said. "When the wind is not blowing, just turn off the TV treasure, thank you. There is no wind. Please wait the TV quickly!"
It is true that wind turbines only produce electricity when the wind is blowing. But that does not mean that the power of your home will suddenly go out when the wind dies.
In the United States, regional network operators are typically dependent on a large number of power sources during the day, so the lights remain on. In sunny hours they can draw electricity from solar panels. When windy, they can utilize the power of wind farms. If power from the renewable sources begins to fall, operators can use power from natural gas turbines or hydroelectric dams to fill the gaps.
So far, US network operators have been very good at this balanced action, though coal has fallen and renewable energy sources have increased in popularity. Last year, wind energy accounted for nearly a fifth of the electricity generated in the Texas network, and people could still see television there. When power failures occur throughout the country, it is almost always due to severe weather that knocks out transmission lines, not because wind turbines have stopped spinning.
However, it is also fair to say that if wind and solar power continue to expand – the two sources produced 8.2 percent of the country's electricity last year and grow rapidly – network operators can face new challenges in juggling these intermittent sources.
Possible solutions to this may include adding batteries or other energy storage to balance supply and demand, or improving weather forecasts so that operators can better predict wind turbines output . Or build multiple transmission lines to gain access to wind power from distant regions, on the principle that the wind usually blows somewhere in the country.
For example, a 2016 modeling study published in Nature Climate Change showed that using existing technology, the country could receive 55 percent of its electricity from wind and sun if it built a network of high voltage power lines. This study analyzed reams of historical road data and concluded that the lights would remain on even with daily and seasonal fluctuations in the wind.
For sure, there are lots of legitimate debates about how the future power supply should look and how much role renewable energy should play in that mix. But the fact that the wind can come and go is hardly a slam-dunk argument against using wind power.
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