Not one to give up his beliefs despite evidence to the contrary, President Donald Trump said for a third time this week that wind energy is a poor choice for power generation because sometimes the wind stops blowing.
The Hill reported that Trump made his argument during a phone interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday, repeating the same claim he made during a speech at a Lima, Ohio, tank manufacturing facility just last week and before that at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“It's what we have done with energy and oil and gas. That's all competition from, for Russia,” Trump began. “You look at the Ukraine. You look at so many different levels. You look at our military.”
He continued: “You look at the fact that we would have been powered by wind, which wouldn’t have worked by the way because it only blows sometimes and lots of problems come about.”
In previous comments, Trump mocked the notion of wind power by role-playing a situation where a man tells his spouse to turn off the TV because the wind isn’t blowing: “Turn off the television darling, please. There's no wind, please turn off the television quickly.”
But The Hill noted that Trump’s own Department of Energy explains on its website why he is wrong, noting that “power grids are designed to accommodate variability from energy generation sources, such as wind and solar, without having to rely on ‘backup’ energy sources.”
Despite the president’s desire to bring back coal and otherwise continue America’s dependence on fossil fuels, renewable energy sources will continue gaining steam.
The Hill said a new study by a nonpartisan think tank recently concluded that “solar and wind power are on track to phase out coal as cheaper energy alternatives within the next few years.”