I am in the process of reading Matt Ridley‘s book “The Rational Optimist” now. The title alone is a winner for me, as rational optimism is a dominant theme of my project.
I am not about tearing down wind however, rather one of my objectives is to move away from demonizing energy sources. There are issues with wind, as there are with every single energy source we use.
Our task should be to examine the life cycle costs positive and negative of each fuel source option, and determine where it may fit in the system. Our energy needs are too great to dispose of anything out of hand, or because we are staring to experience unwanted consequences. The mission, rather, should be to find the flaws in the system, work to reduce impacts, and then determine where that fuel source best fits in the overall system.
Technologies for wind, solar, and SAGD for in situ oil sands are young. Investing in research and development to find new ways of harnessing these fuel sources will lead to greater clarity on where best to build infrastructure for the various systems.
Rapid expansion of any energy system; oil sands, wind, solar, or biofuels creates a chain of environmental, social, economic, and political effects. Thoughtful, rational, pragmatic planning can reduce some of these impacts, and lead to better solutions.