Umm, yes….

Comment at the Independent.

I read with dismay that oil prices are falling again, so this artcle comes as a welcome change. I have been a believer in renewable energy since my teens (in the 70\’s). Perhaps it was cooking over the fire during the 3day week, perhaps it was my first job with a group of people attempting to set up an organic cheesary in Sussex, but I have always wanted the world to wake up and see oil as an addiction we don\’t need, and can do without. In the 70\’s we were told that solar power required full sunlight, and we replied that if the money and energy put into developing nuclear power were put into developing solar energy then solar power would be much more efficient and economic. Over the last 30 years even without alot of investment solar power has become more efficient and it is possible to produce enough electricity to meet a household\’s needs with solar panels, so now we are told that it is still not economic, pardon me if I don\’t believe that arguement either!

Posted by Melanie Cartwright

So, umm, Melanie, you don\’t know what the word "economic" means yet, do you?

6 thoughts on “Umm, yes….”

  1. “you don’t know what the word “economic” means yet, do you?”

    I’m surprised she can even spell it since she can’t spell “argument” correctly.

  2. Perhaps she’d like to return to the fun of the “3 day week” by finding out how much power renewables can actually generate all on their own.

    Oh and a lot of houses now don’t have hearths, so she’ll have to find out the fun of cooking over an open fire in her back garden in the freezing rain of winter.

  3. we replied that if the money and energy put into developing nuclear power were put into developing solar energy then solar power would be much more efficient and economic

    I am sure that if we compared the investments in solar and nuclear power over the past twenty years, we would find that Nuclear has been neglected.

    And no, its still not economic, though Melanie’s grandchildren might find it to be so.

  4. I’m wondering how close solar / renewables are to being ‘economic’.

    Also what would be the threshold that makes an energy supply ‘economic’ or not.

    Tim adds: Depends which renewable. Certain geothermal is already economic, hydro is economic in places. Solar might be about a decade away for certain uses.

    “Economic” here (by me) is defined as cheaper than fossil fuel use…we can bicker about whether we’re including the costs of CO2 or not.

  5. perhaps it was my first job with a group of people attempting to set up an organic cheesary

    Attempting? I guess someone brighter could have learned much about economics in this period, but more likely lack of government subsidies or a nearby evil supermarket was to blame.

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