Pros and Cons: ‘Renewable' energy also comes at a price
Those environmentalists might applaud renewable energy in the abstract, but enthusiasm sometimes fades when actual projects move off the drawing boards.
Today, 29 states and the District of Columbia mandate ambitious increases in renewable energy. New York's goal is 30 percent of the energy mix from renwables by 2015.
July 21, 2011
in The Post-Standard
"Renewable fuel" is the preferred energy source for environmental stewards. Power generated from water, the sun, the wind and geothermal deposits, and bio-based ethanol in gasoline taps into virtually inexhaustible sources. More reliance on renewable energy means less radioactive waste from nuclear power plants, less reliance on imported oil and "dirtier," perishable domestic fossil fuels like oil and coal. Natural gas may be cleaner, but it is also a finite source that contributes to climate change, and the controversial "hydrofracking" drilling process concerns environmental advocates in Upstate New York and elsewhere.
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