10 Jun '11, 12am

Oversimplifying a complex topic - measuring the "sustainability" of renewable

The environmental impact of electricity generation is an incredibly complicated issue. Each electricity generation option, be it fossil fuel, nuclear or renewable, brings with it environmental costs and challenges. Some of these same energy technologies (such as renewables) also have environmental benefits when compared to others (such as coal power). It’s impossible to do the topic justice in one (or many) blog post(s). Which is what makes yesterday’s NY Times op-ed by Robert Bryce so unfortunate. In it he raises questions about the environmental impacts of wind and solar generation, but does so by relying on incomplete and inaccurate data and extensive oversimplification, leaving information gaps large enough to ride a coal-laden train through (each one is over a mile long – so these are big gaps). NRDC welcomes an intelligent and nuanced conversation about this extremel...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/csteger/oversimplifying...

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