“Building windmills and solar panels requires MORE mining than if we didn’t build them.” – Rosco Mac
The Pipe Dream of Renewables
Hundreds of thousands, even millions of solar panels, windmills and batteries will require disposal and replacement every 20 or so years
By Rosco Mac
No one has ever said mining has no environmental impacts, but the area affected is small compared to the areas which will be impacted by the pipe dream of renewables. And in a civilised country mining operations are required to re-vegetate the land once mining has ceased.
I have seen rehabilitated areas of a huge bauxite mine in Queensland where the only real noticeable difference between rehabilitated areas and virgin areas is the change in contours.
Thousands of acres of renewables are permanent – a coal fired power plant occupies a tiny fraction of the area.
I doubt we will ever have either viable hydrogen or fusion power – hydrogen requires more energy to make than you get back and controllable fusion is science fiction.
Thorium is possibly the energy source of the future.
And everyone seems to overlook the simple fact that building windmills and solar panels requires MORE mining than if we didn’t build them.
They require concrete, steel, rare minerals and hydrocarbon energy to build and maintain. Factor in the fact that their lifespan is one half or one third of conventional power plants and any rational assessment would conclude they are a stupid idea.
I once saw a ridiculous proposal to circle the moon’s equator with solar panels. The idea was that they would generate far more power than on Earth.
True – but what happens in 20 odd years when the panels begin producing so little power they require replacement ?
Electric cars require ten to fifteen thousand dollars of batteries which require replacement. Similarly for the battery banks used to store solar power. To setup your electric vehicle dream would cost in excess of $100,000 per household.
Then think about their end of life – hundreds of thousands, even millions of solar panels, windmills and batteries will require disposal and replacement every 20 or so years and this is a viable alternative? There will be little recyclable value.