Last week, Texas got hit with a severe winter storm that caused a blackout for over 3 million people.
A debate emerged when Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, tweeted a post stating that natural gas and coal were more reliable energy sources and that the results from the winter storm may have been different depending on energy sources. Each side has its stance on the situation but the truth is that neither wind turbines nor gas can be solely responsible for power outages due to the winter storm.
Texas’ gas majority infrastructure is just simply not prepared for cold weather, but wind turbines may be a good energy source alternative. Wind power produces a clean form of energy, according to energy.gov. Fossil fuels, on the other hand, are infamously known to pollute the air which creates smog and is not good for breathing.
With this being a topic of conversation, climate change enthusiasts have made statements. Renewable energy does not prevent events like last week from happening, but a cleaner earth could.
A concern with wind turbines is that they can freeze in the winter but adjustments can be made. Countries like Sweden that are prone to cold weather, have wind turbines that are built with a thin layer of carbon fiber which keeps them from freezing, according to The Hill.
Clean energy jobs are also growing at a rate 12 times as fast as the rest of the US economy, with demand for wind turbine service technicians to grow by 96.3% by 2026, according to Business Insider.
Wind energy is profitable, cleaner and safer for the environment. The more we transition to a cleaner and safer renewable energy source, the better off earth is.