posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 01:49 PM
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by Blarneystoner
You do realize that producing the tech for solar and wind also produces a crapload of toxins as well, don’t you? I'm all for green energy if it can
be made cheaply, reliable and efficient, and we are getting there, slowly but surely. But there is still a long road to slog.
Once a panel has been buit, it is good for a hell of a long time, and is not a disposable resource like the coal and oil burned by powerstations. That
means that even if the uptake on this tech was incredible, the total waste and ecological impact would be much less than that caused by use of and
production of fossil fuels.
The energy created by wind and solar is stored in batteries, which are quite toxic to the environment themselves.
As other posters may have pointed out, batteries can be recycled, and battery technology is getting better all the time, meaning that they last
longer, and can be charged more often. Again, they do not have anywhere near as bad an impact as burning oil does, as long as they are responsibly
dealt with, once thier usefulness comes to an end. This compared with a gallon of oil, or ten kilos of coal, which are not similarly recycleable... No
While wind may be good for coastal areas and solar for deserts, the rest of us will have to depend upon Gas, Petrol, Coal, Nuclear and Hydro. Proven
though polluting technologies.
Wind is just as good in a desert, in the middle of a wide plain, or up the side of a mountain. Anywhere wind blows often and strong, you could place a
Then we also have those who do not want solar and windfarms in their backyard. They have a tendency to take up a lot of space, yaknow?
Oh really? Oil drilling platforms can cause ecological devastation to one entire side of a nations coastal regions. Fracking could potentially render
vast areas utterly UNIHABITABLE if the worst concerns over its use are proven by time. As other posters have mentioned, the fumes from refinery
installations, STINK to high heaven, and are likely as not bad for not only the ecology of the area in which they are active, but bad for the people
who live under the cloud of crap they produce.
Clean, cheap energy is not only preferable, but necessary if the financial problems faced by the west are to end, and thats not even considering how
much better it will be for the planet and the people not to suck so much petrochemical backwash when they breathe the air.