No matter what new energy proposal someone makes, it’s bound to attract an outcry of NIMBYs (Not In My Backyard). (My recent post about the U.S. generating all the energy it needed via a 100-mile-by-100-mile solar installation in the Mojave Desert, for example, evoked some protest.)
So I thought it might help to pose the future-of-our-energy question in another way: What do I WIMBY? (As in, Want In My Backyard?)
OK, here we go: Following are photos illustrating several clean and/or renewable energy options that could help us curb greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Which ones would you be willing to view from your backyard as a tradeoff for a cleaner, brighter future? Be honest now: I’m asking literally if you would say OK if one of these was what you saw when looking out of the window of your home.
Is it Nuclear Power?
Image credit: Anna Gomez at Wikimedia Commons, released into public domain.
Concentrated Solar Power?
Image credit: Sandia National Laboratory at Wikimedia Commons, released into public domain.
Distributed Solar Power?
Image credit: Downtowngal at Wikimedia Commons, under a Creative Commons license.
Image credit: Dirk Ingo Franke at Wikimedia Commons, under a GNU Free Documentation license.
Image credit: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at Wikimedia Commons, released into public domain.
Image credit: TidalStream Partners at Wikimedia Commons, under a GNU Free Documentation license.
Or Geothermal Power?
Image credit: Gretar Ívarsson at Wikimedia Commons, released into the public domain.
I’ll be the first to answer: I’d have to say distributed solar (rooftop panels) and tidal. Honestly, I’d find all the others unsightly when viewed from my home. (Though I have to acknowledge that’s clearly selfish: if it’s a choice between saving the Earth — and civilization — from the effects of catastrophic climate change, I’d take any of the above.)
Of course, by the time any of us really has to make that choice, it’ll be too late to stave off a climate catastrophe. That’s the problem with NIMBYism.