Finally, here's an interesting fact surrounding solar panels which is one of the environmentalists favorite renewable energy sources.
According to the above chart, solar panels require 17-times more raw materials to produce than nuclear plants do. And yet in California politicians are tripping over themselves to subsidize solar while shutting down nuclear energy plants.
The point is, solar, and as you can see from the illustration, wind as well, have a lot of waste associated with them. Environmentalists say solar is "clean" but the truth is there is no plan to deal with solar panels at the end of their 20 or 25 year life.
A lot of experts are very concerned that when solar panels reach their life expectancy they will just be shipped them off to some poor countries in Africa, along with the rest of our electronic waste stream, to be dissembled which would almost certainly expose people in those countries to high levels of toxic elements, including chromium, lead, and cadmium.
But, who cares? As long as it's not in your backyard, right?
This actually raises what I consider to be a profound question. In their tireless efforts to save the climate, are environmentalists destroying the environment?
To be sure, every energy source has its negative impacts. Fossil fuels certainly do, but so does wind and solar, and of course nuclear as well. But since nuclear isn't likely to enjoy a renaissance in California any time soon, and wind and solar due to their low intensity, meaning they only produce energy 20 to 35% of the time, California needs a reliable, affordable and abundant energy source to help us maintain our higher than average standard of living.
The only energy source currently available today that is abundant, reliable and affordable, is fossil fuels, particularly oil and natural gas.
And because America, including California, is blessed with an abundant supply of both oil and natural gas, that is not only good for our country, it is also good for the world as America continues toward becoming a net exporter of energy.
By becoming an energy exporter, as America has now been able to become thanks to our fossil fuel industry, this will allow other nations to buy their energy from the U.S., rather than from rogue states who use the money from their oil exports to create instability and mischief around the world.