Interesting article. When are we going to get to the point where alternative energy sources won't be considered so alternative?
There's a bunch of stories out there about the hazards of coal (see Nevada coal power costlier than renewable: study
). So, it would be a good idea to really start focusing on making the alternatives the primary sources.
The article I mention talks about a group called ECONorthwest
. They provide reports from time to time on the problems with coal. But they also provide understanding on the alternatives
IV. A FEASIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO COAL: ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE RESOURCES
Numerous researchers, agencies, and organizations have examined alternatives for meeting future demands for electricity. They have concluded that the best course is to avoid the development of new coal-fired generators and, instead, to invest in increasing energy efficiency, in developing generators powered by renewable resources, such as wind, geothermal heat, and solar radiation, and in developing new technologies, such as those that would capture and store the carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal.