BRC 46: Beating Swords into Wind Turbines

From RenewableEnergyAccess.com, an essay by Paul Gipe that considers the impact our spending on the war in Iraq might have had if invested in renewable energy technologies. Gipe considers both wind and solar power, and the conclusions he draws are staggering: depending on the technology and the method of spending (direct invest, production tax credits, etc.), he figures the money heading for Iraq could’ve paid for anywhere from 1 to 25% of our electrical generation. Gipe considers even greater costs in his closing: “Perhaps in the future we can ship wind turbines and solar panels to the Persian Gulf instead of our sons and daughters.”

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