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GPS_2008_POWER_Support_and_Opposition

Date

2008

Abstract

Despite widespread general public support for wind energy projects, proposed wind farms in the United States are frequently fought at a local level and rarely constructed. This study examines four different potential causes of opposition to wind power: economic and technical feasibility issues, environmental consequences, political obstacles, and societal concerns. Through research of existing literature and original interviews and surveys, we establish that economic and technical feasibility have little to do with the success of wind power projects, and that wind turbines have only minimal impact on the environment. The primary reason for prolonged opposition to wind power projects is a widespread lack of understanding of the risks and benefits of wind power, which becomes magnified by an ill-prepared and poorly-designed political process for the construction and operation of wind turbines.

Keywords

Power the World

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

Power the World

Program

Great Problems Seminar

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application/pdf

Support and Opposition: The Wind Power Paradox


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