Alternative Energy Fails Math

I’ve not written about this for a while (not exactly sure why, except that other topics have drawn my attention), but regular readers know that I often wonder out loud about the world of alternative energy–and how long it would survive without subsidies.

So it was that the first part of this article by Shannon Love caught my eye:

There exists no alternative energy source, no combination of alternative energy sources, and no system of combinations of alternative energy sources that can fully replace a single, coal fired electric plant built with 1930s era technology.


Yet many want to make this group of functionally useless technologies the primary energy sources for our entire civilization.

Go and read it all. You may or may not agree with the premise, but the article should make you think.