Russia’s Vladimir Putin says wind power harms worms


Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has joined US president Donald Trump in raising some questionable points regarding wind energy.

According to Reuters, the Russian president claimed that wind power is harmful to worms, insisting “this is not a joke” whilst addressing an industrial conference, reasoning that turbines “shake, causing worms to come out of the soil”.

He further went on to say that “wind power is generation is good” before asking: “how many birds are dying?” voicing concern about perceived damage to bird-life.

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 Putin further went on to raise the prospect of an Earth covered in “rows of wind-powered generators, and covered by several layers of solar panels”.

Russia, which is rich in gas, is in the early stages of building 5.4GW of sustainable energy capacity, of which 3.4GW will be comprised on wind power by 2024.

Wind power development in the country has been led by Finnish company Fortum, as well as Italy’s Enel, and have turbine commitments with both Vestas and Siemens Gamesa.

US president Trump went on record earlier in 2019, claiming that wind turbines cause cancer, which was heavily criticised both nationally and internationally.