In a recent interview, Rod Adams, publisher of the excellent Atomic Insights, discusses nuclear and renewable energy with Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. It’s a bit lengthy, and you will need something that can play iTunes. But it is an excellent example of the logic underpinning the arguments in favour of renewable energy.
Makhijani’s arguments in favour of renewable energy are exactly those used by all advocates of renewables, including those in Canada and especially Ontario. Not a single one of them can coherently or credibly answer the question of how to cover intermittency. They all know it will be some sort of fossil that covers nighttime or when the wind isn’t blowing.
Hear it in his own words. Toward the end, Rod asks a natural and perfectly reasonable question about solar energy: how will solar energy provide electricity from six p.m. to six a.m.?