“There’s one other thing that we haven’t mentioned here, that was a part of that, which is when these wind turbines ― when the blades end their life, their useful life ― when they go into a landfill, they do not disintegrate. You cannot recycle them. They will be there forever. So, I think that there’s just a misunderstanding of just how really green these are.”
Carlson, who was on the show promoting his “Tucker Carlson Originals” episode decrying the wind power industry, replied, “Well, that’s right. There’s no painless way to get energy. Every energy has a downside.”
While the two appeared unclear about the concept of renewable energy in the clip, Perino also seemed to mislead about the actual renewability of the materials in wind turbines. She noted a landfill in Wyoming, where retired turbine blades, usually made of carbon fiber, are buried.
But she failed to mention that “about 85% of turbine components, including steel, copper wire, electronics and gearing, can be recycled or reused,” Bloomberg wrote in a 2020 article about turbines in landfills.
Th American Wind Energy Association in Washington says the blades are “landfill-safe, unlike the waste from other energy sources, and represent a small fraction of overall U.S. municipal solid waste.”
Mocking Perino’s comment was a breeze for many on Twitter:
Hard to decide what the dumbest thing said in this clip was. Was it Dana's nonsensical "wind turbines aren't green" comment, or Tucker insinuating that wind is worse than coal power for the environment https://t.co/yixOz5E7ia
— Ted MacDonald (@theodorejay) October 21, 2021
And once the wind blows, it never comes back.
— Phillipe de Gravaux (@DreadPhil1) October 22, 2021
Talk about being dumb for cash.
— Adua Sam (@EghwrudjeIsrael) October 21, 2021
Do you ever get the feeling they are struggling to think of bad things to say about progress?
— Ken Scott (@foomper) October 22, 2021
A reminder that, while working as Bush's press secretary, Dana did not know what the Cuban Missile Crisis was.
— Scott K. Petersen (@ScottKPetersen) October 21, 2021
Fox News is green because they recycle a lot of crap and reuse it for future segments.
— K. Lux (@LuxK) October 21, 2021
Since human recycling by composting our carcasses is becoming a thing, we could, I suppose, compost Perino and Carlson. Probably their highest and best use. (Maybe they would require hazardous waste facility.)
— Obstinate & Contumacious Cheese (@alspruce) October 21, 2021
@DanaPerino Just so you know, wind turbines are powered by wind--a RENEWABLE energy source. I don't think this should be too difficult for you to grasp, but then again you're a pundit on @FoxNews. That and certain corporate sponsors do limit your understanding of such things.
— Lee Gray (she her hers)✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿☮♿🏳️🌈⚧️ (@mjdoggie55) October 21, 2021
H/T Media Matters
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.