...but clean energy alone won’t change that.
Any carbon-free strategy that doesn’t include nuclear isn’t serious and is only useful for political pandering.
Carbon is making us dependent on dictators...
As for all these "renewables" -- who makes them? And, how exactly are they made?
In order to use solar, one needs solar panels. Who makes them? What are the materials needed to assemble, maintain and then dispose of them? Is that "harder" on the environment? (sorry, I know that I shouldn't be asking these questions..)
Let's be honest, this is not a serious discussion about energy independence or the environment. The USA was energy independent while the Orange Man was running things.
This is all about getting rid of carbon and leveraging any and all reasons for doing so. There has been virtually ZERO discussion about what the environmental impact will be of moving away from carbon.
I will submit that an emotionally-driven policy to ditch carbon usage at any price will do way more environmental damage than maintaining carbon usage.
But, we're not allowed to have that discussion because such a question can't attract "grant" money...
It's all about the "Benjamin's"
When you account for the energy needed to mine the various mostly-unrecyclable rare minerals needed for "renewable" energy and the batteries required by its variability; nuclear powerplants are far cleaner than anything else, and unlike "renewables" nuclear IS doable with mostly domestic goods.
“The way we are not dependent on foreign oil is not to use it,” said Illinois Democratic Representative Sean Casten.
"There is validity to these arguments. The enduring use of fossil fuels has left democratic nations exposed to dangerous relationships with autocratic states like Saudi Arabia and Russia."
So silly. We were an energy exporter under Trump and thus were not dependent on foreign oil. And since we have exported green energy technology to China and other countries, we will be dependent on them for it too.
The only way to stop being dependent is to produce what you need yourself.
“𝘙𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘢’𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘜𝘬𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘶𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘪𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘵.”
"There is validity to these arguments."
We already have the key technology: nuclear. The climate issue needs to be wrested from the hands of the fool "activists." A response guided by their zeitgeist makes things worse, not better. See Germany.