Windy myths

For a supposedly useless technology, it would appear that wind energy is doing rather well in the UK. Critics of wind turbines claim among other things that wind energy serves to increase rather than decrease atmospheric carbon emissions, owing to the intermittent nature of the wind, and the need for continuous energy supply putting additional on-off strain on gas turbine power stations.

Given the largely rhetorical nature of the criticism of wind energy, I doubt that its detractors will be unduly bothered by data which show the above claim to be false.