Essay on The Increasing Use of Wind Energy

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Wind is an indirect form of solar energy that is created by the movement of air from one temperature zone to another and that is always replenished by the sun. Interest in renewable energy has been increasing worldwide. Current research allows for the production of lighter and more efficient wind turbine blades, which improves overall energy output. Wind turbines produce clean energy without the release of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The use of wind energy has significant beneficial environmental impacts as an alternative source of energy including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful chemicals, reducing the use of water, and reduces demand for more environmentally harmful sources of energy. According to the…show more content…
The human population also faces occupational risks while working with the wind turbines. Although, the solar industry is providing more work for the citizens of the United States, it is also causing more harm for its workers. It is reported, “Workers could asphyxiate inside turbine enclosures or inhale harmful gases and vapors when buffing and resurfacing blades, the Department of Labor cautions” (The dark side). Inhaling these harmful gases will also lead workers to experience respiratory complications. The increasing use of wind energy is a result of many environmentally-friendly policies and measures that require increasing reliance on wind power as a source of energy. The Kyoto protocol of 1997, ratified by 191 countries and effective in 2005, calls for climate treaties, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 5.2 percent by 2012 from the 1990 level, and reduction of most common greenhouse gases. Since the ratification of the Kyoto protocol, a variety of policies like pricing laws, quota requirements, production incentives, tax credits, trading systems have been developed and implemented to promote the use of renewable energy. The main objective of these policies and measures is to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and to reduce environmental impacts from conventional energy sources. The “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007” has a
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