The Angry Clean Energy Guy on why our fossil fuel addiction requires at least 535 times more mining than the renewables economy displacing it – and how we have already all the minerals we need to decisively transition to clean energy lifestyles and economies
Assaad W Razzouk
Yes, we have enough materials to power the world with renewable energy”: https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/01/31/1067444/we-have-enough-materials-to-power-world-with-renewables/
“A Fossil Fuel Economy Requires 535x More Mining Than a Clean Energy Economy”: https://www.distilled.earth/p/a-fossil-fuel-economy-requires-535x
“How hydrogen and electricity can clean up heavy industry”: https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/10/12/1061231/hydrogen-electricity-heavy-industry/
“Mining quantities for low-carbon energy is hundreds to thousands of times lower than mining for fossil fuels”: https://www.sustainabilitybynumbers.com/p/mining-low-carbon-vs-fossil
“Mineral requirements for clean energy transitions”: https://www.iea.org/reports/the-role-of-critical-minerals-in-clean-energy-transitions/mineral-requirements-for-clean-energy-transitions
“Materials demand for electricity in climate mitigation scenarios”: https://zenodo.org/record/7023703#.Y9fW3ezML0o
There is so much to be angry about, if you are a clean energy guy.
Every day, so many things that happen around the world make me angry when I look at them with lenses colored by the climate change chaos unfolding everywhere around us. And I am especially angry because I know we can solve the climate change crisis if we were only trying.
Each week, I will share with you a few topics that struck me and that I was very angry about – and this will generally have to do with climate change, solar or wind power, plastic pollution, environmental degradation, wildlife, the oceans and other related topics.