Donald Trump Says He Couldn't Support Nancy Pelosi's Stimulus Bill Because of Windmills That 'Kill the Birds'
If you thought President Donald Trump's obsession with "windmills" would blow over in the face of a national crisis, think again.
The President has previously said that wind turbines cause cancer and that wind-powered energy only works if the wind is blowing. You can add those claims to the 16,200+ false statements made by Trump since his inauguration.
The President repeated his claim that windmills endanger birds in a Fox News town hall on Tuesday afternoon.
As Congress prepares a stimulus package to offset the damage to American workers posed by the current pandemic, Republicans and Democrats are split over whether to include initiatives that would help offset the damage done to the clean energy sector.
House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. say the move is necessary, with $43 billion in investments and payments threatening to evaporate.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump doesn't support the initiative to boost clean energy.
"They had things in there that are terrible. Windmills all over the place and all sorts of credits for windmills that kill the birds and ruin the real estate, right?"
Trump said this as cases of the virus continued to grow to nearly 50,000 in the United States.
People noted that Trump, a real estate mogul, also claimed wind turbines ruined the real estate, leading them to believe his concern for the birds was, well, "for the birds."
After some pointed out that the claim was false...
People began repeating concerns that the President is unfit to lead the nation out of this crisis.
Trump has had a grudge against wind turbines ever since he lost a legal battle to keep a field of them from construction near one of his golf courses in Scotland.
Even in dire times, the President doesn't appear ready to give up that grudge.
President Donald Trump has his sights set on his 2020 presidential campaign and creating talking points on his accomplishments. Sources reported he intends to highlight his environmental record as a high point of his presidency.
This news comes despite EPA rollbacks by his administration and Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Accord on climate change.
This Machine That Can Pull Drinking Water Right Out of the Air May Be the Key to Solving Our Global Water Crisis
A California based team has designed a machine that can produce up to 300 gallons of fresh drinking water per day, simply by pulling it out of the air. The team won $1.5 million for their innovative creation.
For some time, few people took the notion of an electric bus seriously. In 2011, Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD Co. revealed an early model at an industry conference in Belgium, and was met with laughter.
Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD in Europe, remembered the laughter from that day directed at BYD for “making a toy,” but continued, “And look now. Everyone has one.”
Turns Out Natural Gas Production Is Not Nearly as Clean as the Energy Industry Would Like Us to Believe
Natural gas, which for years has been promoted by the oil and gas industry as the “cleanest” of the fossil fuels, may not be as environmentally friendly as advertised. The United States’ reliance on natural gas as a source of power is only increasing. In 2017, 31.7 percent of U.S. electricity came from natural gas-fired generation, up from 27.3 percent in 2013.
But while natural gas produces fewer carbon emissions than burning coal, the production and transportation of natural gas releases a significant quantity of methane – a greenhouse gas that also contributes to climate change.
Starting January 1, 2020, all new homes built in California will be outfitted with solar panels. The new rule will apply to all homes, apartment buildings, and condos three stories or under.
The California Energy Commission voted unanimously for the housing mandate, which also includes new insulation and air filter requirements for newly built homes. More than 80,000 new homes are built every year in California. The requirements are expected to add $9,500 to the cost of a home, or $40 a month on a 30-year-mortgage. However, the energy savings to the homeowner will save $80 a month, making the measure not just energy smart but money smart.
Once the king of the energy sector, coal is being rapidly outpaced by renewable energy sources. Expanding investment and development in solar and wind power will not only influence how electricity is generated, but also grant consumers access to cleaner, sustainable energy options. Solar power and wind power, which have been the cornerstones of the renewable energy movement, will account for 50 percent of all generated power by 2040, according to a Bloomberg report.
Renewable sources of energy, like solar and wind power, have seen vast improvements in efficiency, and, perhaps most importantly, the substantial decreases in production costs are giving consumers more options. Innovations in renewables are reshaping the domestic and international energy markets, and are beginning to render coal and natural gas obsolete. These trends also buck President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to “bring back coal,” a key promise which helped deliver him an electoral college victory over Hillary Clinton.