Debunking Michael Moore’s myth about life cycle energy needs of wind and solar, Mark Diesendorf. One of several incorrect and/or misleading criticisms of renewable energy in the Jeff Gibbs/Michael Moore film, Planet of the Humans, is the claim that building renewable energy technologies requires more life-cycle energy to be invested than they generate over their lifetimes. If this notion were true, it would entail that the transition to renewables may displace investment in other important economic sectors. However, this claim was only true for solar panels used to power artificial satellites several decades ago, before the panels were mass-produced; it was never true for commercial wind power.
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