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It seems we're all ignoring the elephant in the room.
Yep - Chernobyl and Japan.
It's either that or geothermal energy.
I agree, in order for Australia to be completely self sufficient on solar power alone the solar plant would need to be the size of the entire state of Victoria.
One clean energy source is not enough. Wind, sun and wave power are just additions to a bigger clean energy source.
But we're afraid of nuclear power stations - and with good reason.
And what happened to that poor little bird?
Actually, I'm all for the nuclear option - especially when fusion generators are a viable option, but that's the problem with alternative energy sources. They sound good, and make greenies feel good about themselves, but they aren't ever going to replace fossil fuels as low cost sources of energy.
In fact, they are already dismantling wind farms around the world as they discover that it takes more energy to keep them turning than they can produce.
As for that fried birdie, it was just one of thousands killed by California's massive Ivanpah solar array . . .
Melbourne could run out of water in ten years because of population growth and climate change
BTW, wind generators kill birds too . . . big ones like our national symbol . . .
A bird flew into the spare bedroom window 2 days ago.
Hit it so hard it died instantly. I was honestly relieved at that - I didn't want it to suffer.
I read the water shortage story earlier.
Flood or drought, flood or drought - Australia can never find a happy medium.
But hey - we have plenty of uranium!
Just need a forward thinking Australian government prepared to take the nuclear plunge...
So that's a no...
Fusion is the answer to everyone's complaints. RRBud has been an advocate for as long as he posted - he could give you an engineer's perspective, but it's safe, clean and cheap.
The only problem thus far is that no one knows how to harness it for our use.
Oh, and it wouldn't drive away the tourists either . . .
Tourists Shun Scottish Regions Hit By Wind Turbine ‘Blight’
More than half of tourists to Scotland would rather not visit scenic areas dominated by man-made structures such as wind farms, a YouGov poll suggests.
A survey carried out on behalf of the John Muir Trust (JMT) found that 55% of respondents were “less likely” to venture into areas of the countryside industrialised by giant turbines, electricity pylons and super-quarries.
Just 3% said they were “more likely” to visit such areas, while 26% said such large-scale developments would make “no difference”.
The poll has rekindled calls for Scottish ministers to increase protection for wild and scenic areas that, it is argued, will protect rural tourism businesses.
It follows a recent decision to approve the 22-turbine Creag Riabhach wind farm in Altnaharra, the first to win consent within a designated wild land area. Each turbine will stand 125m high.
“As schools across England break up for the summer this week and many families flock to Scotland, we must remember that, for many, it’s the ability to enjoy being outdoors in Scotland’s unique, unspoilt natural landscapes that brings them north,” said Andrew Bachell, JMT’s chief executive.
“When a clear majority of people say they’d be put off visiting wild and scenic areas by the existence of large-scale wind farms, giant pylons, super-quarries and other developments, policymakers have to pay attention, before it’s too late.”
Another reason to go geothermal!
It's all underground!
Fine for limited applications, but try using it to power an energy hungry 21st century economy.