Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"The mythology of renewable energy"

Renewable energy is that which is conveniently replaced by Nature, such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and crops for biofuels. This is in contrast to normal energy derived from fossil fuels, such as oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy derived from uranium, all of which we dig up or drill for, and within a few decades the deposits may become exhausted, hence they are considered nonrenewable.

Myths abound with both types of energy and it is difficult for the layman to sift the wheat from the chaff. Scientists, businessmen and politicians have the same problem of distinguishing fact from fiction. Many people have bandwagons to pursue which may involve supporting some eco-religion or business plan to make money, irrespective of whether the underlying science is false or dodgy.
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