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$7.3 billion in public health savings seen in 2015 from wind energy cutting air pollution #windworks

$7.3 billion in public health savings seen in 2015 from wind energy cutting air pollution #windworks

$7.3 billion in public health savings seen in 2015 from wind energy cutting air pollution U.S. wind fleet reduces power sector CO2 emissions more than six percent March 29, 2016 Washington, D.C., March 29, 2016 — U.S. wind farms reduced electric power sector carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 132 million metric tons in 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) forthcoming annual U.S. wind industry market report. Those avoided emissions are equal to that from 28 million cars, or more than six percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2 ) emissions from U.S. electricity generation last year. Wind energy also greatly reduces a variety of health-harming air pollutants, including smog-causing sulfur dioxide (SO2 ) and nitrogen oxides (NOx ), which helps reduce rates of asthma and other respiratory issues. Electricity generated by wind in 2015 displaced an es...

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