It’s the response

Alder does a hand waving, back of the envelope calculation to highlight a problem with ‘alternate’ energy dreams in Renewable Energy Sprawl. The rebuttals in the comments are illuminating. Right off the bat is a ‘silly assumptions’ allegation. Another, miss the point, creates straw men by taking the post as an engineering treatise. Hydroelectric comes up but not the green war on dams because of the destructions of habit and the migration of fish. It’s the response to a simple illustration that is interesting when it comes to matters of intellectual integrity.

The fact is that the politically correct or green energy sources are often power sources, not energy, and quite dilute. That means that they are not suitable for base power needs and will have significant environmental impact.

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