Letter: Wind is part of the solution
Climate change is occurring, and it is affecting the people of New Hampshire. The average temperature in the United States has risen 2 degrees in the past 50 years, according to a report from Environment America, “When It Rains, It Pours,” and extreme snow and rainfall in New England are 85 percent more common today than in 1948. Carbon dioxide is one of the leading causes of climate change.
A means of reducing the carbon dioxide deposited in the earth’s atmosphere is reducing our use of fossil fuels, coal oil and natural gas to produce electricity. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory states that wind energy can provide 60 percent of New Hampshire’s electricity requirements and that every megawatt of electricity produced from a wind turbine prevents the emission of 2,600 tons of CO2.
We have the means in New Hampshire to produce clean electricity that benefits everyone. The current wind projects in New Hampshire have already removed more than 9,000 cars from the road, according to an Environment New Hampshire report, “Wind Power for a Cleaner New Hampshire.” Also according to the same report, the use of wind power diminishes the amount of air pollution and reduces the amount of water lost from the coal and natural gas-fired power plants both use a lot of water to produce electricity.
We must initiate a movement away from coal-fired power plants. The use of well-placed wind turbines is part of the solution and must be encouraged.
(The writer is an intern at Environment New Hampshire.)