As the national and congressional debate over global warming and renewable energy heats up, there has been a proliferation of ads and pronouncements, extolling the supposed virtues of wind energy, as a substitute for coal, oil and natural gas in generating the electricity that powers so much of America.
Two vital realities have been ignored in these adulations. Actual experience with wind-based power systems has been expensive, job-killing and disappointing. And the raw material needs of a wind-based energy system are leagues removed from assertions that the system would be eco-friendly and sustainable. Indeed, moving to wind power would result in our landscapes being blanketed with forests of concrete and steel.
My article this week delves into both of these realities. It should probably be required reading for every citizen, and certainly every member of Congress and the Administration.
Forests of concrete and steel
Many words could describe wind energy and green jobs. “Sustainable” is not one of them.
Boone Pickens, Nacel Energy, Vestas Iberia and others have been issuing statements and running ads, extolling the virtues of wind as an affordable, sustainable energy resource. Renewable energy reality is slowly taking hold, however.