Donald Trump knows nothing. He's clueless about the content and history of the U.S. Constitution. He knows nothing about international diplomacy. He's an expert at one thing: promoting Trump. Beyond that, zero. A big nothing. Anything of substance you might overhear him blurt or tweet has probably been written by someone else, and that goes for both the ceremonial things and also some of the breathtakingly dumb things.
Regarding the latter, the dumb things, we know Trump spends half his day yelling at the television -- "executive time," they call it. "Idiot circle jerk," I call it. Either way, Trump often steals his material from Fox News without crediting the network or the brainless screechers who first said. Trump just horks ideas wholesale from the Fox News, and I'm sure that's the source of this nonsense about wind turbines:
“You can blow up a pipeline, you can blow up the windmills. You know, the windmills, boom, boom, boom [mimicking windmill sound] bing [mimes shooting large gun], that’s the end of that one. If the birds don’t kill it first. The birds could kill it first. They kill so many birds. You look underneath some of those windmills, it’s like a killing field, the birds. But you know, that’s what they were going to, they were going to windmills. And you know, don’t worry about — when the wind doesn’t blow, I said, ‘What happens when the wind doesn’t blow?’ ‘Well, then we have a problem.’
“Okay, good. They were putting them in areas where they didn’t have much wind, too. And it’s a subs — you need subsidy for windmills. You need subsidy. Who wants to have energy where you need subsidy? So, uh, the coal is doing great.”
Trump said all of this during a fundraiser last week, according to Daniel Dale from The Toronto Star.
To review, Trump thinks windmills are a bad idea because, I think, you can shoot one? I guess someone could shoot a windmill, but anyone can shoot anything as long as they have a gun. But the ability for a windmill to be shot (???) shouldn't disqualify it as a source of energy. This is a purely insane idea, so, hell, it might not even be a product of Fox News. This might just be Biff yanking stupid shit out of his disgustingly bloated ass because, y'know, he has the "best brain." However, the shootability of windmills is a little less insane than the notion of a bird killing a wind turbine, which Trump suggests immediately before changing gears to say it's windmills that are killing the birds. So, to recap, Trump thinks birds kill turbines and turbines kill birds.
Back here on Earth One, yes, windmills have been responsible for bird and bat deaths. The deaths, though, can't possibly be considered "killing fields" as Trump said. Indeed, fossil fuels kill exponentially more birds and other wildlife, not to mention human beings, too. A study from 2009 broke down the reality of birds versus windmills:
It concluded, "Wind farms and nuclear power stations are responsible each for between 0.3 and 0.4 fatalities per gigawatt-hour (GWh) of electricity while fossil-fuelled power stations are responsible for about 5.2 fatalities per GWh."
That's nearly 15 times more. From this, the author estimated that wind farms killed approximately seven thousand birds in the United States in 2006 but nuclear plants killed about 327,000 and fossil-fuelled power plants 14.5 million.
In other words, for every one bird killed by a wind turbine, nuclear and fossil fuel powered plants killed 2,118 birds.
If Biff is so concerned about killing birds, then he should probably take a hard look at his ridiculous push for coal and other traditional power plants. Meanwhile, power plants aren't even on the list of the top 10 causes of bird deaths. Power lines, but not power plants -- or wind turbines, for that matter.
Likewise, one of Trump's first executive orders was to roll back the Obama era rule preventing coal mines from dumping toxic slurry into nearby rivers and streams. Talk about killing fields -- killing waters in this case. As for what happens when the wind doesn't blow, there are power storage devices called batteries as well as pumped hydroelectric storage. There are also backup sources of energy when other sources encounter a glitch.
As for Trump's glitch, he's only getting worse. The truly frustrating and bizarre aspect of all of this is the sheer volume of easily-deceived fanboys who believe every bit of gibberish that rolls out of his poisonous yapper. Once again, the decades-long assault on civics and science in public education finally pays dividends for the Republicans who've been busily assaulting it.