Or…. It could be the fact that when analyzed over the entire life of the system – including the cost and environmental impact to create the “green tech”, and then at end of lifetime to properly dispose the “green tech”, usually the “tech” isn’t very “green” at all.
Like all new technologies (including oil going back a 100 years ago), it takes significant investment and infrastructure to start it. After technologies mature, the cost naturally comes down. How much resources does it take to build giant rigs to drill for oil, drill for oil, process the oil, build huge oil tankers to transport, build huge pipelines all over the country to distribute it, etc. Now that that whole system in place, it’s hardly fair to compare it to a new alternative system that is just starting out.
You can bet that big business will not create an alternative unless there is a government pushing them to do so. There are a few exceptions like Apple and Tesla but for the most part, they don’t.
For examples, look at our Food industries and Oil industries. What they are doing is horrible, yet they have bought out our government and use our taxes to give them benefits? Explain that one to me?
Why not give take away their subsidies and give it to alternative renewable power? This will increase the cost of oil, reduce the cost of alternatives. Why not take away subsidies from Monsanto and give it to local food producers. Those people that think organic is too expensive won’t think so after fast food goes up in price and healthy organic places come down in price.
Oh and as a side benefit, America may just become a little heathier and some of our health care debates may just go away… After all the real problem with our healthcare is that we are sicker than ever….that is why the costs are high. No one wants to fix that, we just keep arguing about the symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.
Anyways, I’ve gone too far off topic.
It frustrates me no end how so many now think that things just grow on trees, that they don’t require painful gathering from natural resources and extensive, complicated, and often dirty acts of creation. Or that they naturally compost into the ground after it has run its course, and a butterfly sanctuary will magically pop up in its place.
One of the beautiful things about fossil fuels is that they are an energy source as well as an energy storage system. Say what you will about the businesses involved, but that’s a really solid “green” built-in advantage for those forms of energy.
I agree with you that it’s not free. But please don’t make the argument that a hybrid or electric car is just as dirty as a regular car. Remember that what you see with the alternatives in their starting stages is worst case scenario. As they mature, they get even cleaner and cheaper. Oil on the other hand has little to no room for improvement.