[Marxism] The Reason Renewables Can't Power Modern Civilization Is Because They Were Never Meant To

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed May 8 05:48:10 MDT 2019

Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk proclaimed that a rich, high-energy 
civilization could be powered by cheap solar panels and electric cars.

Journalists reported breathlessly on the cost declines in batteries, 
imagining a tipping point at which conventional electricity utilities 
would be “disrupted.”

But no amount of marketing could change the poor physics of 
resource-intensive and land-intensive renewables. Solar farms take 450 
times more land than nuclear plants, and wind farms take 700 times more 
land than natural gas wells, to produce the same amount of energy.


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