The Biden administration wants to phase out fossil fuels. This segment of What’s Ahead explains why, given the current state of technology, such a policy is utterly and destructively impractical.
The arctic weather hammering parts of the country should be a cold slap of reality. Eighty per cent of our energy comes from natural gas, oil and coal. We need all of our current energy sources.
Here’s one example why a no-fossil-fuel approach is absolutely unrealistic. A natural gas turbine the size of a typical residential house can supply electricity for 75,000 homes. To create a similar amount of juice from wind requires 20 turbines, each the size of the Washington monument, and occupying 10 square miles of land. To build such a wind farm requires 30,000 tons of iron ore, 50,000 tons of concrete and 900 tons of nonrecyclable plastics for the huge blades.