- Do wind turbines and solar farms hold the keys to saving the environment?
- Michael Shellenberger, founder of Environmental Progress and noted climate activist, used to think so.
- Now he’s not so sure.
- He explains why in this video.
Environmentalists ready to slam unreliable wind and solar are few and far between. Michael Shellenberger is one of them.
Shellenberger, a long-time advocate for reliable, affordable and safe nuclear energy, and critic of intermittent renewables – calling wind and solar worse than useless. Does Michael combine common sense, logic and reason, in an era when those attributes have become scarce commodities?
As aging wind turbines across the globe near the end of their useful lives, the sector is grappling with recycling solutions to avoid filling landfills with the remains of obsolete blades.
While steel from the towers and nacelles is recyclable, turbine blades are filled with a composite material that cannot be easily broken down. According to industry group WindEurope, about 14,000 blades will be decommissioned across Europe by 2023.
What do you think?
Author: Bryan Groenendaal