One of the great concerns wind power opponents express is the danger of
wind turbine blades falling off and killing someone.
It seems that a falling blade came very close to a man and his dog in
Lancashire, England in December 2016.
It seems quite true; one day somebody might be killed by a falling wind
turbine blade – meanwhile the World Health Organisation tells us that
air pollution, largely from the burning of coal has been linked to
seven million deaths each year.
That was nearly one in eight deaths in 2012!
Many of the deaths were due to outdoor air pollution from coal fired power
stations and many others were from indoor cooking fires using coal.
Another cause of illnesses and deaths is the use of kerosene (paraffin) for
lighting in third-world countries.
Electricity from renewable sources can displace or even replace that from
coal fired power stations, it can be used to power electric stoves that replace
coal fires in homes, and to light homes – replacing kerosene lamps.
Even more importantly, if we replace coal fired power stations with renewable
energy, we will greatly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are one of
the main causes of
climate change and
Those who oppose wind power must accept some of the responsibility for the
millions of people killed each year by pollution from the burning of coal
and for the billions of people whose lives will be harmed in the future by
climate change; and then there are the thousands of species that will be
forced into extinction, etc.