Is gas and nuclear greener than renewables?

Interesting take on the green debate, not to be ignored but clearly a bit confused.  See Is Gas Greener by Robert Bryce in today’s NYT op-ed section, where he argues gas and nuclear greener than renewables because of the land use and steel requirements of wind and solar.

Bryce ignores that there is rapid innovation in wind and solar and that once they become more efficient, they will indeed be greener and will require less natural resources per megawatt.  The only way they can get there is if they reach momentum.  Government incentives contribute in this regard.

Also, tortoises aside, who is really, worried about solar panel farms in the Californian desert? Maybe we should space them out.  And, is a windmill or two such a problem along the coast? If scale increases, I am sure they can afford to hire Apple to design sweet looking ones.

That being said, finding the appropriate energy mix is the question all stakeholders, public and private, are grappling with at the moment. Oil, gas, nuclear, and renewables clearly all play a role.


About trondau

Trond A. Undheim (39), Ph.D., a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, and Managing Director of Tautec Consulting, has over fifteen years of multi sector experience in strategy, policy, communications, academia, and entrepreneurship. Formerly, he was a Director of Standards Strategy and Policy at Oracle Corporation, with wide responsibilities in long-term business development, strategy, public policy and standardization globally and in Europe. Trond is an executive, speaker, entrepreneur, author, traveler and blogger. With a doctorate on knowledge work and the internet in Silicon Valley, he is one of the world’s leading experts on technology and society. He has worked at Oracle Corporation, the European Commission, the Norwegian Government, and founded a start-up. He was awarded an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from NTNU, Norway’s top engineering university, as the youngest candidate at the Faculty. He is multilingual and has lived on three continents. He is always ready for strategic opportunities providing significant intellectual and managerial challenges.
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