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Nuclear power plant 33% efficient
Coal power plant 45% efficient
Natural gas power plant 65% efficient
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Wind burns no fuel and uses no water
Solar PV burns no fuel and uses no water


Wind farms disfigure the landscape and kill birds, while massive solar arrays disrupt entire ecosystems. Each have a role to play, of course, but are not a complete panacea.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/tech/science/energy/2016/08/...

I am as interested in reducing emissions as anybody, but I prefer a broad variety of co-existing energy sources, which can together preserve the environment, as follows, in random order:

* Massive re-forestation and arboreal projects
https://blog.conservation.org/2017/09/massive-reforestation-...

* Unobtrusive rooftop solar panels, and/or attractive solar roof shingle projects such as Elon Musk's
https://news.energysage.com/tesla-solar-panel-roof-the-next-...

* Solar parking lots, roads and sidewalks
http://www.solarroadways.com/

* Wastewater channeling for hydropower
http://www.sitebasedenergy.com/company/partnerships/hydrogen...

* Long-awaited fusion power
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/long-wait-fusion-power-...

* Geothermal energy
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warmin...

* Natural Gas (which heats our house and provides monthly cashflow via dividends and pass-through income)
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2016/07/pros-and-cons...

Surely people of science and good intent can approve of and provide all sorts of environmental advances without depending too much on one or two power solutions.

I'm not 100% convinced that all-electric (and/or completely autonomous) automobiles should completely displace internal combustion engines and human-controlled vehicles.

Hybrid technologies which allow extremely high carbon fuel efficiency, along with regenerative braking and battery recharging, have proven to be very reliable and relatively sustainable.

I hope that hybrid vehicles will not be abandoned in a mad dash to make battery-powered transportation dependent upon the (rather vulnerable) electrical grid.

The extremely condensed space requirements, readily transportable nature, and long-term storage capacity of fossil fuels make them a reasonable source of long-term energy needs, on a limited basis - if carefully balanced out with a high comparative ratio of renewable energy sources.

Over and above everything, I still think that the environment and interconnected ecosystems can heal themselves over time if the world's "arboreal lungs" can be renewed and cleansed by means of massive re-forestation programs. This depends, of course, upon our reducing the amount of pollution our power generation sources demand that earth's arboreal lungs try to process and cleanse.
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