Are wind power's climate claims a load of hot air?

08/24/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

The wind-energy sector is being hugely over-hyped, writes Robert Bryce. Wind turbines are incapable of meeting the baseload requirements currently served by coal plants, Bryce asserts, so wind-energy expansion is likely to cannibalize the peak-energy production currently met by far cleaner gas-powered plants. "[I]f regulators are truly concerned about reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, they should be encouraging gas-fired generation at the expense of coal," he argues.

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