Inconvenient Truths of Large Scale Solar and Wind Energy
- Jun 27, 2021 3:26 pm GMT
Al Gore famously coined the term, "inconvenient truth," to bring attention to man-made or anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and other related issues regarding societal functionality, the environment, and sustainability. Meanwhile, solar and wind energy are being touted with almost unbridled, messianic fervor by the main stream media as a sustainability panacea. Clearly, these technologies will play a significant role in a renewable economy. However, in the interest of hastening the ubiquitous and unquestioned deployment of these systems, their own sustainability baggage is often overlooked. These ignored "inconvenient truths" are subordinated in the interest of unquestioned deployment of solar and wind systems. Alarmingly, both of these platforms have major challenges that relate to sustainable land use which will only continue to worsen with the installation of larger, centralized systems.
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