Let’s get real. It’s time to stop playing with pixie dust and renewable energy utopia schemes. Time to open our schools and legislatures to actual thinking about energy, sustainability, climate change and what makes our jobs, health and living standards possible. Time for full-bore studies and legislative hearings on all these issues – in the USA, UK, EU and everywhere else.
Sustainability and renewable energy claims are too grounded in ideology, magic and politics. Wind and solar energy forecasts ignore the need to find and mine vast new metal and mineral deposits – and open US lands that are now off limits, unless we want to import all our wind turbines, solar panels and batteries. They assume land use impacts don’t really exist if they are in other people’s backyards.
Worse, too often anyone trying to raise these inconvenient truths is shouted down, silenced, ignored. That has to stop. The stakes are too high for ideology and pixie dust to drive fundamental public policies.
Excellent article. Paul Drieson mathematically tells us that wind and solar are Not the panacea the enviros think will be able to use to provide us with 100% of our future energy needs reliably and continuously. There would be turbines and power lines lining just about every square mile of our landscape, turbines so big they would dwarf the mountains. There would be solar panels and hundreds of thousands of "Batteries" that would need to be replaced every ten years or so. There is not enough lithium available on earth to build them, and besides that they are dangerous as hell. If for any reason they get wet they are explosive. How good would that be in our wilderness? There is new technology out there that has to be explored but is far off in the distance.
We have to let science and mathematics decide this, not pixie dust as the author states. There is too much non-science driving our decisions and too many politicians being fed the wrong information by charlatans like John Baldacci and Angus King. They make it sound so idealistic that we can abandon what got us here and replace it with a fairy tale.
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