posted on Jun, 1 2006 @ 02:09 PM
Is anyone else concerned about the world blindly moving towards “renewable” energy sources?
Don’t get me wrong; I understand that burning stuff to get energy is not panning out too well fer Mother Earth. And Nuclear Energy is WAY worse (we
still don’t have any place to store nuclear waste long enough to guarantee that it will never be a danger to life on earth).
But, is anyone thinking seriously about possible consequences about rushing headlong into alternatives.
Some of the Energy Resources that people are thinking will give us near Free Energy have potential negative consequences.
Think about Wind Power? Sure, put up a whole mess of wind power turbines and tap thermal energy. But, have we considered the possibility that the
extra load all those windmills would put on the flow of wind? You put enough extra load on natural airflow patterns and the probability is very high
that you will alter those airflow patterns. Do that and you can alter local climates. This could have the potential to alter our ability to grow crops
(FOOD) among other possible problems.
And how about tapping the energy of the sun. 65% of the heat in the atmosphere at ground level comes from the ground. Well, more accurately, the
ground re-radiates that heat after being absorbed from energy provided by the sun. What happens if we prevent a large amount of the energy from the
sun from reaching the ground by blocking it with solar cells? Where is that heat that previously was re-radiated from the ground going to come from?
And how will that, again, affect weather patterns? ‘Course, someone could argue that this would be a perfect way to slow down the effects of
greenhouse gasses that humans love to spew.
How about Geo-Thermal Energy? Sure, suck all the heat out of the earth, cool the core down, turn off the earths magnetic field, have no protection
from high-energy particles coming from the sun. SFP 47,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 anyone?
I was whining about this to a friend a few years ago and He countered that it would be impossible for us to suck all the heat out of the core of the
earth. Well, I know that would be hard for us to pull off. However, during the early days of the Industrial Revolution, did anyone dream that would
could spew enough sulfur into the atmosphere that we could cause our rain to become acidic enough to eat away at rock?
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be moving away from more destructive forms of energy. But maybe we should be putting a lot more effort into becoming a
LOT more energy efficient at the same time that we are looking to alternative forms of energy.