23 Mar '12, 2pm

The Devastating Cost of Not Switching to Clean Energy

Clean energy is just too ... yawn ... expensive. You've heard that before, certainly. Clean energy critics have been harping on that line since the first solar panel rolled off the assembly line decades ago, but the charge has picked up steam over the last few years, ironically, as renewable sources like wind and solar have grown more abundant and drawn closer to cost competitiveness, or grid parity. But there are two gigantic reasons why clean energy is anything but too expensive, despite the fact that we may pay less for coal-fired power on our electric bills. See, two different articles caught my eye today. First was Bjorn Lomborg's 'Wind Falls' , an article about how expensive wind power is in comparison to fossil fuels, especially natural gas. Lomborg makes the usual arguments; wind is too inefficient, it's more expensive than coal, and it's unreliable because the win...

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