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I am a retired Sr. Management professional from wind energy space. Devoted 42 years in Wind Turbine and special purpose machine manufacturing industry. Out of which 22 years in Wind Turbine...

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Developed countries in the world are targeting to achieve zero-emission by around 2050. That needs a full stop in using fossil fuel and move to renewable energy sources. It is a challenging task in many ways.

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Bob Meinetz on Mar 2, 2021

"Renewable Energy is the only eco-friendly solution as of date."

Debasis, you'll have to explain to me why a wind or solar farm, that only works when weather is cooperative, that requires fossil fuel to back it up and smoothe its variable, unpredictable, unreliable power, is more eco-friendly than nuclear energy.

Nuclear energy takes up .1% of the land area, per unit of energy; has virtually no impact on wildlife; requires no backup from fossil fuel sources; is 100% carbon-free; is rock solid; is ~3x more durable (lasts three times longer than a wind/solar farm); is cheaper, and safer (yes it's safer...that's a fact).

On the other hand -

if we're only considering sources of which the public doesn't have a long-cultivated, irrational fear; ones which create many unnecessary jobs at the expense of electricity customers, ones which shower their investors (and gas investors) with short-term profit, also at the expense of electricity customers, which require miles of extra transmission be built and maintained, also at the expense of electricity customers - you might have a point.

No doubt Homo Erectus, humans' predecessor, was afraid of fire before he learned to control it ~1 million years ago. But in the first significant technological advance of genus Homo, he overcame those fears. It would be nice to think we've progressed a bit since then, wouldn't it?
 

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DR DEBASIS GUPTA on Mar 4, 2021

Thanks for reading and query. I will write an article on this very soon.

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