In a bid to help the world rid itself of dependence on polluting fossil fuels for our electricity, proponents of green energy tout the numerous benefits of alternative methods such as wind power and solar with uncompromising certainty of their apparent superiority.
But in what way are these technologies superior? Not in actual electricity production per dollar spent in total – otherwise it wouldn’t take so much to convince the industrialists after all.
But almost everyone knows that. What people don’t generally know, or acknowledge, is that there is no such thing as a ubiquitously green technology. The old example you might recall is of the Prius – a fraction of the CO2 emissions, but the manufacturing of its batteries to get it to lower the CO2 emission rate, needs large polluting mines to obtain the rare materials that make up the batteries necessary to cut down on air pollution.