Busting the Myths around Renewable Energy

3rd March 2014
Sunrise in Valencia, Spain

‘Born-again’ proponents of nuclear energy seem to love to pedal mistruths about renewable energy, either by omission or commission, particularly about its inability to provide base load power. So it was good to hear Professor Mark Diesendorf, Deputy Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales, bust some of the myths surrounding renewable energy on ABC Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor:  Renewing renewables (2/3/14). 

Mark suggests that renewable energy is actually “threatening the business models of the existing energy industries”. He says: “the principal barriers to 100% renewable electricity in Australia are no longer scientific, technological or even economic. They are the political power of the smokestack industries of the 19th and 20th century – especially coal, oil and gas and the large electricity utilities – which are fighting to delay being replaced by the sustainable energy industries of the 21st century, energy efficiency and renewable energy”. You can listen to Mark’s talk at:


A transcript is also available - (click on ‘show transcript) on the ABC site.