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President Donald Trump claimed wind turbines are a poor source of electricity, arguing that people would have to turn off their televisions because "the wind isn’t blowing."

"If Hillary [Clinton] got in…you'd be doing wind," he told the crowd at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, last night. "Windmills. Weeeee. And if it doesn't blow, you can forget about television for that night."

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As the polar vortex continues to dump Arctic air across the country, Tucker Carlson on Thursday called wind energy a "scam" and insisted it does not work in the cold.

Carlson ripped into the Democrat-backed Green New Deal, which seeks to revamp the nation's power grid with renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar.

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If an expert told you that your power rates were going way up, but your energy bills would go down such that you’d end up paying less than before, would you be more interested in renewable energy?

It’s more than an academic question; it’s the story being told in many countries throughout Europe, countries that are making a concerted effort to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by switching to renewables.

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US President Donald Trump holds up a "Trump Digs Coal" sign as he arrives to speak during a Make America Great Again Rally at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia, August 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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August 09, 2013 - Pete Johnson of Gemini Rope Access Solutions, inspects the blades of a 3MW Alstom wind turbine by repelling down the blades. The turbine is undergoing testing at NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)

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Renewable energy has been steadily expanding its market share over the past decade, and as technologies have improved and costs have come down, output has gone up — way up. The record-breaking test run of a new giant wind turbine in Denmark is another indicator that green energy is ready to become a dominant force in the global energy mix.

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