What is the true carbon footprint of wind turbines?

There has been a great deal of taxpayer’s money pumped into subsidising wind turbines and a great deal of electricity consumers’ money spent on the same source of renewable energy. Generally, most environmentalists who think that climate change is a serious threat are in favour of wind turbines but many environmentalists oppose them on aesthetic grounds. Beauty is often in the eye of the beholder and we have many structures around us that are uglier than wind turbines. However on their carbon footprint most climate changers believe that wind turbines reduce the emissions and therefore help prevent greenhouse gas emissions. After all, if you produce electricity from wind, instead of coal, oil or gas there are fewer emissions, they argue, but things are not what they may seem at first sight. Continue reading