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How much more dangerous? Well according to one author from The New American, while we have been urged to believe that renewable energy in the form of wind and solar could likely become a portion of the saving grace to the worlds energy crisis. In reality, if we knew the information I am about to share with you, "they'd be laughed out of town."According to one viewpoint of reports offering the comparison between wind versus nuclear energy, there has not been one single injury to a nuclear plant worker in all its 104 power plants and 40 years of service in the United States... not one! The Wind Turbine Industry on the other hand, has quite a treacherous track record as you can see by the summary below:
Summary of Wind Turbine Incidents (December 2008):
• 41 Worker Fatalities, 16 Public- Includes falling from turbine towers and transporting turbines on the highway.
• 39 Incidents of Blade Failure- Failed blades have been known to travel over a quarter mile, killing any unfortunate bystanders within its path of destruction.
• 110 Incidents of Fire- When a wind turbine fire occurs, local fire departments can do little but watch due to the 30-story height of these turbine units. The falling debris are then carried across the distance and cause new fires.
• 60 Incidents of Structural Failure- As turbines become more prevalent, these breakages will become more common in public areas, thereby causing more deaths and dismemberment's from falling debris.
• 24 incidents of "hurling ice"- Ice forms on these giant blades and is reportedly hurled at deathly speeds in all directions. Author reports that some 880 ice incidents of this nature have occurred over Germany's 13-years of harnessing wind power.
Future of Solar Power Incidents
In addition to these recent reports, the author points out that with the push for solar roof panels, we can expect to see hundreds more deaths occurring in the future as amateur installers take to the roofs. This includes the accident prone nature of performing regular maintenance on these solar cells by homeowners.
Thanks to the spin-myster's creating such headlines, the desperation of the nuclear advocates is becoming more and more obvious. We must be on the right track then!
Source: The New American: Wind vs. Nuclear Power: Which Is Safer?
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