Those times I’ve expressed my thoughts on environmentalism, I never addressed those facets of solar and wind power.
As for their being anything of realistic options, they should only be considered supplements. Sources of last resort when you simply have nothing else. With America’s population of today, I seriously doubt they will ever provide even 30 percent of our energy needs. Perhaps 25 at best. And that’s probably still optimistic.
As for wind and solar being the future, I’d agree if this were the 1500s. Because that’s the era they strike me as from. The technology and population of that period are what they seem best able to sustain. Our love afair with renewable energy is like saying, “Let’s have all the physical impact of 1510.”
This is sustainability. If we’re actually serious about making solar and wind the primary power sources, while expecting them to satisfy 21st century energy demands, we had better prepare for across-the-board shortages and rationing beyond present belief. Imagine a daily situation of having five or fewer hours of juice. That would probably be the reality simply because sunshine and wind are not constant.
What would the demand for batteries be like then, and the environmental impact of it. This is only one of the physical effects of going green that we obviously haven’t even begun to fathom. Then there are the cultural effects. Both the physical and intellectual structure of society will very likely regress centuries.
But as I’ve said before, mainstream environmentalism has nothing to do with honest concern for the environment. It’s been politically hijacked to achieve a political goal. Namely that we be convinced a crisis exists from which rescue can only come by making the Al Gore bureaucrats of the world our masters.