A reader sent me this article in Scientific American that suggests the possibility that wind turbines contribute to global warming and requested my response.
It seems to me that the first commenter nailed it: “the article also seems to forget warmist theory discounts the concept of local climate having any affect on the globe, only the average global temperature matters.” Moreover, let’s do a bit of math here. Could the waste heat produced by a wind-driven generator offset the benefit derived from not burning that amount of coal? Forget about the negative effects of mining and transporting the coal, and think of the thermodynamics in the coal plant itself, where you have waste heat from both the burning of the coal and the generation of electricity.
Also keep in mind that climate change is only one of half a dozen reasons to migrate away from fossil fuels.
Overall, this sounds silly. But apparently, Scientific American isn’t held in the esteem I thought it was; those comments really shredded them.