Without seeing the original argument, it's pretty hard to tell what's being refuted. I'm not for carbon credits...too easy to manipulate. I am for something called "cap & cash", where the negligent industries have to pay the people for their emissions, giving them an incentive to continue cutting back. And I think the solar industry is improving now in a big way, in terms of the amount of sunlight actually converted to energy, and in the ease of adding smaller modules capable of powering individual homes. There are certainly pluses and minuses to any energy solution, and maybe we got off-track with the whole "global warming" issue when we should be emphasizing global POLLUTION! We can't continue to rely on fossil fuels; the cost is too great to the human race...ambient pollution, destruction of the environment, and wars over resources...it's got to stop.
A friend of mine used to live in Israel off and on...he told me that they've been using wind power for many years...not the giant turbines, but turbines that rotate horizontally. This would certainly minimize the impact on the turbines in the event of hurricanes.