Inconvenient Arithmetic and Engineering
By Arnold Kling
Over the past couple of weeks, T. Boone Pickens, an oil tycoon, has been using some of his billions to run television ads supporting…what seems to be the biggest wind farm in the country. It would nearly double the amount of wind produced in the state of Texas, the state with by far the most wind power. But that project will only produce 4,000 megawatts of power. (Total electricity generating capacity in the United States is about 1 million megawatts.)
The post discusses Al Gore’s proposal to switch all of America’s electricity to renewable sources in ten years. “Can it be done? It isn’t likely.”
But for the same folks that can give us a risk-free financial system, affordable housing, universal health care, and everyone getting a college degree, it should be a piece of cake.