AWEA: wind power remains leading climate solution; media misreports research on local temperatures

April 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2012--American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Denise Bode today released the following statement about media reports on a study of wind farms and temperatures in their immediate surroundings:

"This study says nothing about wind energy and global climate, and casts no doubt on all the other studies that find wind power is one of the best ways to address climate change. The study merely examined the effect of local air mixing at the site of a wind farm, which has nothing to do with climate because no heat or heat-trapping gases are being added to the atmosphere.

"All scientific studies including this one have found that any impact wind farms may have on local temperature readings is trivially small, and localized only to an area immediately around a wind project.

"We caution against people with an agenda who may try to misconstrue this study for their own purposes."

For further insight from AWEA's Michael Goggin, please see his article today on AWEA's Into the Wind blog, Fact check: Flawed science journalism on wind energy.

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