Once again you prove that your IQ is greater... Grumble GrumbleOriginally Posted by LenMiyata
While there are obvious setbacks to renewable energy sources, the simple truth is that all other existing methods of energy production are unustainable. Supposedly the greatest renewable asset to the UK is wind power, since it's the only element were are able to rely on. However (I don't have the figures to back this up, it's just what i've been told in Geography class) I've been taught that in order to accomidate UK energy needs, we would have to fill a landmass greater than the UK anyway so it's pointless. Offshore wind farms (and soon tidal and wave farms) are the latest fad in the British energy business, but you would have to agree that even they are ultimately unrealistic as a significant source of power. Futhermore, becuase they are offshore, contruction and maintainance costs skyrocket.
The big fear at the moment is that we may have to become more reliant on nuclear power. The dangers are clear, though the benifits high. The government has as of yet been unable to make any difinative statements or plans for future energy production, other than they don't want to take the nuclear road if possible. This means heavier reliance on natural gas and coal as fuel sources, as well as futher steps being taken in renewable energy power instaliations.
Perhaps the most important element in future energy production won't come from new sources of fuel, but rather from lowering the demand on national grids. This means the vast majority of the polulace of the industrialised world having to completely rethink their attitudes towards power useage. If we were all more sensible, we wouldn't be entering a crisis.