Originally Posted by EIIR
I hope he doesn't devote too much time to wind energy since the celebrated scientist and author of several books on the environment James Lovelock described it in the Guardian just yesterday as 'useless', predicting that shale gas would make wind power obsolete. I hope Frederik and the Danes haven't put all their eggs in the wrong basket.
Oh, I think it would be very unwise to dismiss wind energy. Fossile fuel is efficient and reliable old technology. - That pollutes, has to be transported, will eventually dry out, is not always under the control of the most desirable people and in a world of terrorism, it's vulnerable.
Wind energy is inefficient and difficult to store - today. The wind energy technology at present is comparable to a Ford model T. In twenty years from now....
Wind energy is free, easy to harness, fairly cheap to set up, absolutely limitless and it not under the control of any despots.
By 2050 Denmark is expected to be self sufficient with energy from wind mills and by then no one can turn the tap. No 1973 again for us.
James Lovelock may live to regret his words.
The same thing about solar energy. Even in cloudy costal countries like DK solar panels are getting so cheap and so efficient that there at present is a boom for homeowners to place a panel on the roof. - In fact we are considering placing such a panel on our roof ourselves as we are to replace the tiles anyway. Even with todays fairly inefficient solar technology the investment is sound for individual families.