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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 11:47 AM

2. People see wind turbines as progress the same way people used to see smokestacks as progress.

The biggest cost of wind turbines is the natural gas that will be burned in order to keep the "renewable energy" fantasies alive. There is more than enough natural gas in the ground to destroy whatever is left of the natural environment we know. It doesn't matter that wind and solar power reduce the amount of gas burned in the short term, in the long term all the economically recoverable gas is burned. We are not even buying time if the world economy is growing and the development of wind or solar assisted gas power generation is accelerating.

An economy powered entirely by wind and solar power would look nothing like the high energy industrial economy many affluent people now enjoy. It might not even be adequate to support the standards of living that tend to empower women and reduce human population growth.

If fossil fuels were banned tomorrow I think many people would embrace nuclear power before they gave up their affluent high energy industrial lifestyles.

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