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... has been just around the corner for 30 years.  Thirty years ago renewables supplied 6% of US electricity, and almost all of that came from hydro.  Today after huge subsidies, both corporate and federal, renewables remain stagnant at 6%, with wind and solar supplying less than 1% to the grid.

I wish renewables were making more of a contribution, and I am all for their expansion.

But it is unrealistic to assume that they can replace coal or nuclear.

If you eliminate nuclear, you are stuck with fossil fuels, which cause tens of thousands of deaths annually and are destroying the planet as we know it by emitting heat-trapping gases.

by Plan9 on Wed Oct 19th, 2005 at 10:49:02 AM EST
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That's a pretty questionable argument. Renewable technology got going in the 1970s as a result of the OPEC oil shortage. When the price of oil went down, progress stalled. That doesn't prove that renewables can or can't do anything.
by asdf on Wed Oct 19th, 2005 at 11:18:01 AM EST
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