Jason Barton

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Five myths about green energy

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Mr. Bryce raises several very important points here. While some of his numbers may be debatable, the fact that some of the technologies we often paint with a green brush have some rather unsightly flaws beneath the veneer.

Energy storage technology that does not rely on rare materials, metals and others that are not only rare but highly toxic, is a major hurdle that will have to be overcome. Efficiencies of solar and wind will need substantial improvement if they are to grow beyond the 1-2% of U.S. energy they currently supply.

These and many other factors lead me to call for an energy strategy that relies first on increased energy efficiency–using less energy reduces costs, exposure to risk, and environmental damages associated with ALL energy resources–and then on further, market-led development of a wide variety of energy technologies.

By Robert Bryce

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Americans are being inundated with claims about renewable and alternative energy. Advocates for these technologies say that if we jettison fossil fuels, we’ll breathe easier, stop global warming and revolutionize our economy. Yes, “green” energy has great emotional and political appeal. But before we wrap all our hopes — and subsidies — in it, let’s take a hard look at some common misconceptions about what “green” means.

Read the entire article here.

Written by Jason

April 25th, 2010 at 9:39 am

Posted in Efficiency,Policy,Renewables,The Economy,The Environment,U.S.

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