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Wind Turbines Not Subsidized

WHEREAS, a single wind turbine requires: 45 tons of plastic, 900 tons of steel, and 2500 tons of concrete leaving a large footprint in the environment, and causes the turbines to not be cost effective over their 10 to 20 year life span; and, 

WHEREAS, estimates of operations & maintenance (O&M) of wind turbines can expand the cost per mega-watts per hour to vary from $37 to $149 (a big difference considering wind is unpredictable); and, 

WHEREAS, the cost to taxpayers due to government subsidies is in addition to a monthly utility bill; and, 

WHEREAS, the fluctuation of the wind speed as it goes through wind farm turbines negatively impacts the precipitation in the region, and the turbines don't function in most winter conditions (ie: snow and ice); and, 

WHEREAS, after the 10-to-20-year lifespan, the parts (some of which are highly toxic) of the turbine need to be disposed of. The plastics in the blades, which are currently being buried in the Casper Regional Landfill, contain the highly toxic Bisphenol A. Once buried the blades remain there forever and do not degrade or breakdown over time; and, 

WHEREAS, carbon is on the table of elements, cleans water in filters, and is not a solid in air so it doesn't stick there; now, therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED that wind turbines and their use as an energy source should not be subsidized by taxpayer funds in the state as a whole. 


Wyoming Republican Party, 19 Apr 2024 WYGOP State Convention


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