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.