Target: U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu
Goal: Utilize improved wind power technology designs on wind farms across America
Wind power is an emerging alternative energy source for a world damaged by overused gas, coal and oil production, and emissions pollution. The turbines stretch more than a hundred feet into the air and have three 100 meter blades spinning at speeds of up to 179 mph to capture the wind’s energy. The U.S. now has the capabilities of powering 13 million homes annually with this renewable resource. The problem is that anywhere between 10,000 and 40,000 birds fly into these rapidly spinning wind turbines per year and die a grisly death. However, a man named Raymond Green may have found a solution to this very pressing issue.
Green is working on collecting patents for his new and improved wind turbine design and is partnering with large companies to promote his work. The proposed turbine has many advantages over the models currently in place across the country and will significantly aid in the protection of thousands of birds. Instead of blades that spin freely in the open for birds to collide into, Green’s design stores all moving parts in the internal structure of the turbine, making any equipment potentially harmful to the birds completely non-accessible to them.
Many advocates of wind energy argue that the number of birds killed each year by these turbines pales in comparison to other natural causes of death, such as attacks by feral cats, or falling from nests. More funding will be necessary to implement new wind technology and designs. Due to the “low” bird death toll, these advocates see no point in wasting money on changing a system that is working well. Simply disregarding the fact that thousands of bird deaths do occur each year is irresponsible. Urge the U.S Department of Energy to stand behind this new design and help in the installment of these wind turbines; a solution for our world’s energy crisis, and a way to promote animal welfare at the same time.
Dear U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu,
Wind power is becoming a crucial component in the renewable energy industry. Gas, oil and coal production and emissions have started and continued to increasingly cause our planet to heat up and destroy the environment. In light of this, the need for a renewable source of power, such as wind, is very important. However, wind turbines located on numerous wind farms all across the country pose an ominous threat to birds.
Anywhere between 10,000 and 40,000 birds are killed each year after they run into the rapidly spinning blades of a wind turbine. A man named Raymond Green has invented a design that would eliminate this danger for birds, while keeping wind power a viable source of energy. With the equipment that is considered potentially harmful to birds being placed in internal compartments of his design, all threats to birds would be eliminated.
I urge you to consider his new designs very closely and take into account just how many bird’s lives would be spared. Please take action on this issue and promote the installation of these new and improved wind turbines all across the United States.
[Your Name Here]
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