Economists Without Calculators
In order to merely keep up with the growth of global electricity use, the wind industry would have to cover 96 square miles every day with wind turbines. That's an area about the size of four Manhattans.
Glib economists might suggest that such a feat could be achieved, but that ignores another key question: Where will we put all those turbines?
June 7, 2012
by Robert Bryce
in National Review
Last week, just before the opening of the U.N.'s Earth Summit meeting in Rio de Janeiro, the New York Times ran an op-ed that decried the rapid rise in carbon dioxide emissions during the two decades since a similar meeting was held in Rio.
The authors of the article - Christian Azar, a professor at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology, and two economists from the Environmental Defense Fund, Thomas Sterner and Gernot Wagner - claimed that the world needs to "kick its addiction to fossil fuels" and that renewable energy provides the road to salvation because "the seeds... [continue via Web link]