Mr. Perfect wrote:Looks like these wonderful alternatives are just around the corner. Reminds me of the 1980s.
Reminds me of the 1970's.
Mr. Perfect wrote:Although to be fair, iirc there was a James bond alternative energy themed movie from the 70's, anyone remember that?
Sure. With one of the most improbable plot MacGuffin's ever put to film, the good-old-boy Sheriff vacationing in Thailand.
Although the villain was played by the late great Christopher Lee.
The fundamental problem with wind and solar is that the energy density is too simply low to be practical and economic for large scale power production.
A viable alternative to fossil fuels has been available since 1957: nuclear [fission] power.
The one caveat is that the light water reactor, first developed to power nuclear submarines, is not the best design for large scale power production [loss of moderator can lead to a runaway reaction - a so-called meltdown].
For example, the CANDU heavy water design, which does not require U235 enriched uranium.
Loss of moderator leads to a shutdown.
All the world's a stage.