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Scotland: enough wind energy for every household for a month!

An Alternative Universe

article-2221277-159ef263000005dc-702_634x425We interrupt the constant obsession with the US election to bring you some good news.

With alternatives available instead of polluting fossil fuels, the question remains, why use fossil fuels? More and more we are hearing success stories of communities and countries that get their energy needs met through cleaner sources than traditional fossil fuel-based generated electricity.

To me it is a complete failure of imagination to continue to use death-inducing fossil fuels when life enhancing alternatives are currently available. Yes, I said death-inducing. I feel strongly about this.

Stirring up political will

Of course what we lack is political will. We also face incredibly low-priced carbon intensive energy sources. But investing in cleaner sources of energy has immediate health benefits and can potentially create a stable locally produced energy.

0101492Writing for the Independent, Paul Ward offers some good news regarding alternative energy sources.

Scotland Generates enough wind energy to power almost every household for an entire month: Wind power is helping Scotland avoid ‘over a million tonnes of carbon emissions a month’

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “Thanks to a combination of increased capacity and stronger winds, output from turbines surged by more than a quarter compared to the same period last year – supplying power equivalent to the electrical needs of over two million homes.

As well as helping to power our homes and businesses, wind power is helping Scotland to avoid over a million tonnes of polluting carbon emissions every month.

Also learn about five countries leading the way to a fossil fuel future


Author: Prescott Allen Hazeltine

Prescott grew up in the hills of western Massachusetts, and still feels most at home out in the wild. He went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with his undergraduate degree and has done post graduate studies at the University of Houston as well as the Gemological Institute in New York City. While hiking is a major passion, as is snowshoeing, he also love to read, research and learn, and can just as easily get lost in internet information as he can photographing the wilderness.

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