Late blogging on this. The biggest single problem with alternative energy is that it is grossly cost inefficient. A recent study of the cost of wind power in the UK, where they are going wild putting up windmills, found that:
Meeting the UK Government’s target for renewable generation in 2020 will require total wind capacity of 36 GW backed up by 13 GW of open cycle gas plants plus large complementary investments in transmission capacity at a cost of about £120 billion.
The same electricity demand could be met from 21.5 GW of combined cycle gas plants with a cost of £13 billion, i.e. an order of magnitude cheaper than the wind scenario.
The greens will destroy our economies if allowed to continue - and not just with windmills, but with algae, ethanol, electric cars, to name but a few, and all of which are driving up the cost of living on both sides of the pond. The left claims to stand for the unwashed masses, but the truth is that the left's obsession with alternative energy is perhaps the singularly most harmful policy for the poor and lower classes that could be devised. On the flip side, it does provide the left with great opportunities for crony capitalism.