Like lunch, there is always a cost associated with energy. After all, the cost of energy is a primary driver in most economies. Whether we see the expense at point where we buy the batteries or solar panels–it is there:
President Obama’s much ballyhooed green jobs don’t just move to China; they sometimes aren’t even green.The Chinese government has responded with violence as villagers protest against a polluting solar panel factory near Shanghai. From The Guardian:
Although solar is seen as clean energy in terms of carbon emissions, the production of many components is energy intensive and polluting. Toxic discharges from the factory killed large numbers of fish and regulators have previously ordered the company to suspend operations, according to the domestic media.
If “green” energy products were so absolutely marvelous–we would already be using them for everything.