Trump: Wind Power Doesn’t Work Because ‘It Only Blows Sometimes’

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President Donald Trump continued his long-time objection to wind energy this week, telling Sean Hannity that wind could never work as a power source because “it only blows sometimes.”
“It’s what we have done with energy and oil and gas. That’s all competition from, for Russia,” Trump told Hannity in a phone interview on Fox News Wednesday night, discussing how he’s been tough on Russia.

“You look at the Ukraine. You look at so many different levels. You look at our military. You look at the fact that we would have been powered by wind, which wouldn’t have worked by the way because it only blows sometimes and lots of problems come about.

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The president made a similar claim at a campaign event in Ohio last week.

“You know, Hillary wanted to put windmills all over the place,” he said. “Let’s put up some windmills  — when the wind doesn’t blow, just turn off the television darling, please. There’s no wind out today, there’s no wind — please turn off the television quickly!”

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Despite Trump’s claim, the Department of Energy says the argument that “the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine” isn’t a viable criticism against wind and solar power.

According to the department’s website, “Grid operators use the interconnected power system to access other forms of generation when contingencies occur and continually turn generators on and off when needed to meet the overall grid demand.”

Trump has waged war against wind power for years, long before he began his run for president.

From 2012 to 2014, Trump sent over 100 tweets expressing his hatred of wind turbines, making claims that they were ugly, they killed bald eagles, and that they were “death to the environment.”

Wind turbines do present a threat to birds, but the Energy Department points out that these deaths are rare and that habitat destruction and development of infrastructures such as roads and powerlines poses a much greater threat.

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