Fossil fuels vs renewable energy

30th Aug 2019

Sir, Ms Marshall, how good is your maths and engineering? [‘Climate activists worry oil barons’ The Muslim News, July 26].  Activists throughout the world may believe that fossil fuels should be eliminated, but few have any understanding of the scale and extent of the sort of renewable energy systems that are supposed to replace them.

Fossil fuels gave us our modern industrial society. Fossil fuels will be needed to make the renewable structures, that then generate a relatively tiny amount of surplus energy – lookup EROEI.

There are times when popular movements, based on emotion and not engineering, need to be resisted – and never mind if OPEC can make money out of supplying fossil fuels.

Yours.,

Ken Pollock

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