Skip to main content

View Diary: Nine Pitfalls of Alternative Energy (15 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Good points, let me add one (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    barath, Edger, Amber6541, petral

    I don't know what to call it. And I think it's embedded in your points generally.

    It is when an alternative or energy goal is achieved via subverting another very worthy environmental goal.

    Case in point -- large scale solar energy projects going up in the Mojave desert. A company called Brightsource is putting up a big project known as Ivanpah (named for where it is). The project is going to be hugely more destructive to a species on the endangered species list (currently listed as 'threatened'). The project was put on hold, but just last week got the go ahead to move forward.

    Critics point out that we could achieve the the same amount of solar energy by installing it on already disturbed land or rooftops.

    "We are stardust, we are golden, we are caught in the devil's bargain, and we got to get ourselves back to the garden." - Joni Mitchell

    by shaggies2009 on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 11:48:04 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, it's forced false choices. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      shaggies2009, Amber6541, petral

      I think the challenge here is in not getting forced into false choices.

      And the easiest way to avoid such false choices is to simply rapidly downscale our lives - our energy use, our consumption in general, etc.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site