Renewable energy's incurable scale problem
Indeed, had any of the myriad advocates for renewable energy bothered to use a simple calculator, they would see that their favored sources simply cannot provide the vast scale of energy needed by the world's 7 billion inhabitants, at a price that can be afforded.
July 13, 2012
by Robert Bryce
in Energy Tribune
It's summer. It's hot. And once again, we are hearing from the usual suspects that we must change our entire way of living. Repent, they say. Carbon dioxide emissions are killing Mother Earth. Give up hydrocarbons and embrace renewable energy.
Doing so, we're assured, will result in a gentler climate and myriad other benefits, including scads of "green" jobs. Sounds easy, no?
Alas, no matter how much they may wish it to be so, the proponents of alternatives -- and better yet, "clean" energy -- cannot overcome the problem of scale. A simple bit of math shows that even with... [continue via Web link]