quote: because at the rate our population is growing, we are going to have a food, oil, coal and clean fresh water shortage in our lifetime.
quote: because at the rate our population is growing
quote: I suspect there is a bit more to this pie-in-the-sky (no pun intended) than 'renewable energy', Just like it is hard to imagine a perpetual engine, I suspect our climate is not perpetual either.
quote: Could over reliance and dependance on renewable energy lead to environmental disaster? Wouldn't that be ironic?
quote: All this to say that it's arrogant to think we could somehow cause some mighty environmental disaster. What you and I call an environmental disaster mother nature considers a pimple or a cold - neither permanent nor alarming.
quote: 80% of the US is powered by renewable's, electricity prices increased by 200%
quote: Actually, batteries are almost 100% efficient
quote: Pumped-storage hydroelectricity for electricity and isolation for heat
quote: Add to that the option of intelligent controls that use electricity when it is abundant and power down when it is not
quote: Pumped up hydro as a significant contributor to base power is like trying to run the starship enterprise of a lawnmower engine. Be realistic please.
quote: So do Boeing (for instance) send the workers home when the wind stops blowing on a cloudy day? I'm sure those "intelligent" controls will seem mighty "intelligent" then.
quote: It is not like there are any byttery-chargers or dish-washers out there that could happily run at any given time during the day.
quote: It is not only possible but already done.
quote: It is not like there are any byttery-chargers or dish-washers out there that could happily run at any given time during the day
quote: “Last week PJM Interconnection held its 2015 capacity auction. These are the first real, market prices that take Obama’s most recent anti-coal regulations into account, and they prove that he is keeping his 2008 campaign promise to make electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity – almost all natural gas – was $136 per megawatt. That’s eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt.In the mid-Atlantic area covering New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and DC the new price is $167 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt.Why the massive price increases? Andy Ott from PJM stated the obvious: “Capacity prices were higher than last year's because of retirements of existing coal-fired generation resulting largely from environmental regulations which go into effect in 2015.” Northern Ohio is suffering from more forced coal-plant retirements than the rest of the region, hence the even higher price. These are not computer models or projections or estimates. These are the actual prices that electric distributors have agreed to pay for new capacity. The costs will be passed on to consumers at the retail level.”
quote: When will the poor/minorities stop buying the Democrat rhetoric about wanting to "help" them and actually realize their being enslaved?
quote: It's that reason why american solar panel producers are going out of business.
quote: it's all a commie plot to pollute our bodily fluids
quote: It's not. It costs billions to build a new plant, even with subsidies. It takes years, if not decades, of planning and building before the thing can even go online.
quote: And then you have to tear it down again in a couple of decades
quote: Then theres the problem of waste,
quote: that would mean the growth and consumption rates of the United States were brought down to Third World levels.
quote: Once you start factoring in the negative externalities, fossil fuels are much more expensive than renewables. Start adding up the costs of respiratory diseases, acid rain, lower agricultural output from ground level ozone, the nervous disorders from mercury, the ground water contamination and cancers from coal mining and natural gas fracking, and the relocation and health problems of all the people who lived on the 400 Appalachian mountains that we have leveled.
quote: The problem is that many people refuse to believe what they find to be inconvenient. You can deny that global temperatures have risen by 0.8 C, that CO2 has risen from 280 to 390 PPM, that the oceans have risen by 20cm, the North Pole has lost 40% of its ice, but that doesn't make it reality. Of course it is easier to deny the basic science than change how you live. Most people would rather lie to themselves than face reality and then honestly ask what needs to be done to fix the problem.
quote: Anyone who simply dismisses the science on global warming is mere political propaganda is either ignorant of basic science or has a basic refusal to face reality.
quote: Actually the increased food prices have really put the hurt on poor population around the world. You just haven't noticed it because you live in a western country.
quote: Once you start factoring in the negative externalities, fossil fuels are much more expensive than renewables.
quote: While 80 percent may be a tough goal, the study mentioned that renewables could fully supply 50 percent of electricity in 2050
quote: A new study shows that renewable energy sources could "adequately" power 80 percent of the United States' electricity demand in 2050.
quote: This means that the U.S. would have to build over 10 gigawatts per year for a little under 40 years. This equals to 2,500 to 3,000 turbines per year. This is a bit lofty.