Renewable energy is way too expensive, right? Donald Sadoway: The missing link 2 weeks ago   06:28

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Renewable energy is a nice fad and all, but it’s way too expensive. What about poor people?

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Ben P
Please keep up your argument. One day, after you're battered and bruised, you will have progress.
Jonathan C
I recommend Alex Epstein at Center for Industrial Progress.
Jonathan C
It’s a nicely presented video, but low on facts and high on moralising.
Jonathan C
I don’t trust your expertise on energy. Your background seems to be in climate science. I’d rather take advice on energy from someone who’s actually studied that field.
Jonathan C
Katherine, it seems like you’re the one trying to tell Africa how it should develop.
Jonathan C
“Indoor pollution from biomass cooking – a task usually carried out mainly by women – will soon kill more people than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined.” Not all “renewable” energy sources are good for humans.
The Impossible Conversation
This is a very clear and important message about our energy choices and the twisted corporate propaganda that tries to keep us on an ecocidal fossil fuel track. Thank you for the bold clarity of the message.
Emi Lotha
When you take away those nations and billionaires their way of getting trillions and billion of dollars. It's easier to make you disappear all together then to create much chaos to western and middle eastern countries.
So thanks, but I'm still relying on oil and coal. It's not a choice rather a forceful one. The one decision that makes me feel like a murderer of planet earth.
Geo T
Industrial wind turbines come at a big aesthetic/wildlife cost that weak environmentalists choose to ignore. They also aren't very reliable and you need fossil fuels to build them! Germany has learned a lesson that others should heed:
Brendan Day
I care about the birds not the people
Matheus Vieira Dutra da Silva
Me ajudou muito a entender melhor sobre energias renováveis! Muito obrigado!
Russell Kenny
Thank you. Has anyone voiced the matter that the output per turbine is such that it takes billions of them to produce an amount of energy that is significant, e.g. 50% of USA national need? How can that output per turbine Exponentially increase to 10,000/ 100,000, 1 million, 1 billion Times where it is today along with storage increases?
Bob Armstrong
Determinedly stupid liar . Just long as she raises her own capital and NO government force .
Paul Adams
Brilliant video thanks
Rick Smàll
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Design them to be job specific, put on a plow, seed dispenser and scraper, ideal garden/farm machine.
Mobile Solar will definitely lower the amount of energy humanity uses.
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It is affordable, but energy storage is not yet reached its maximum potential
Eclipse Now
Some claim wind and solar are cheaper than coal. Sorry, but that's simply not true, because it doesn't include the cost of storage. *Quiet evenings* have no wind or solar, and winter cuts solar dramatically for months of the year. The reality is renewables would BANKRUPT any nation that tried to go 100% wind and solar because the storage costs are vastly too expensive.
Safe clean nuclear power is vastly cheaper. Dr James Hansen says believing in renewables is like believing in the Tooth Fairy.
He recommends that the world build 115 reactors per year. He basically says it's nuclear power or climate change: take your pick.
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Donald Sadoway: The missing link Renewable energy is way too expensive, right? 2 weeks ago   15:16

TED What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."

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