This article points out how Trump’s administration is using made-up data to support their climate denial agenda. His speech was given to oil and gas industry executives, so he overstated the factual case, especially when compared with other forms of energy. He lambasted the CO2 impact of producing and delivering wind turbines while ignoring the environmental impact of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. He and overstated the amount of birds killed by wind turbines, while ignoring the daily bird deaths at oilfields.
Spread out over the life cycle of a typical turbine, scientists estimate that the typical wind plant generates between .02 and .04 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced. Even at the high end, that’s less than 3% of the emissions from coal-generated electricity and less than 7% of the emissions from natural gas-generated electricity.
Birds are also killed in other forms of energy production — and industry more broadly — at even higher numbers. A 2012 Bureau of Land Management memo estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million birds die in oil fields each year, for instance. And birds also face a threat from climate change caused driven by carbon dioxide emissions. The Audubon Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of birds, supports wind power as key to solving global warming.