Wind Turbine Tips Over And Crushes Truck [PHOTOS]

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A wind turbine’s blade tipped over and crushed a truck on a German highway Tuesday morning, after a truck transporting the massive blade was involved in an accident.

The giant turbine blade blocked the entire highway after a truck transporting it was involved in an accident on the A33 autobahn near Bielefeld, Germany. The highway has been closed in both directions, causing several miles of traffic jams.

The blade was knocked across the entire width of the highway when another truck ran into one of the vehicles transporting the turbine. A 61-year-old driver was injured in the incident and had his vehicle badly damaged, according to The Telegraph.

Police aren’t sure how the wind turbine’s blade can be removed from the highway.

There is increasing concern about wind turbines in Germany, as wind power has failed to meet the country’s stated energy goals, even after over $1.1 trillion was spent.

The country’s “Energiewende” plan to boost wind and solar production to fight global warming hasn’t significantly reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and may have actually caused them to go up.

As a result of green energy’s rampant unreliability, Germany plans to cap the total amount of wind energy at 40 to 45 percent of national capacity, according to a report published by the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung. Germany will get rid of 6,000 megawatts of wind power capacity by 2019.

The country’s trendy and ineffective energy policy already forced payments to wind farms in the amount of $548 million last year to switch off, which prevented additional damage to the electric grid, according to a survey of power companies by the German newspaper Wirtschaftswoche.

All of Germany’s subsidies and support for green energy have sharply increased power prices, with the average German paying 39 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity. The average American only spends 10.4 cents per kilowatt-hour by comparison.

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